Nothing kills romance quite like struggling to find the bed under a big mess!
The bedroom should be a comfortable warm space where we can relax, be ourselves and recuperate! It’s our haven and the place to escape the world!
If it’s a place that stresses you out the minute you open your eyes in the morning or offers you no joy at the end of a long day, then it’s not
When you close your eyes and picture the bedroom of your dreams, what do you think of? It’s good to visualise the space so you can start planning for it! For me, I like something reminiscent of an Alpine Chalet….luxury, space, warm….
1. Quick Tidy Up
There’s a lot you can do to organise your bedroom without facing into a big decluttering project. And a lot of this has to do with a good tidy up!
Start off making the bed and opening the curtains.
If you bring water up at night or had breakfast in bed, bring dishes out of the bedroom. Empty out the rubbish bin if you have one.
Everything on the floor or if you things dropped on a chair, put them up onto bed. By cleaning up this way it makes the job more manageable. Why? Firstly, having the floor cleared instantly makes the room look better and you can move easily around the room. Secondly, by having everything on the bed, you just have to clear that and you’re done. If you left everything on the floor, the job seems bigger, and would take longer.
Put away everything away whether you have proper homes or storage or not.
Clear the flat surfaces. Place items from the windowsill, bedside lockers, dressing tables and chest of drawers onto the bed. Polish these surfaces and return only items that you need, use, or are decorative.
Don’t have an excess of ornaments or books in your bedroom space as too many of them in this space in particular can be very oppressive. Leaving space on surfaces in the bedroom give the room a more airier feel.
Keep paperwork elsewhere in the house. Paperwork for the family, the house, education or your business should be stored anywhere but the bedroom. Again, paper building up is very oppressive. It also is a constant reminder of “to-do’s” you might have and that can cause a lot of worry. You don’t want to look at that last thing at night or first thing in the morning.
Remove everything that doesn’t belong in this room, such as:
Clothes belonging to other members of the family
Books you’re not reading
DVD’s/ CD’s that you don’t use here
Remove any cables, wires and mobile phone accessories out of the room. Okay many bedrooms have a TV there and you might like flicking through your phone or iPad before going asleep (although it’s not supposed to be good for us). But definitely don’t charge anything in this room. Hook them up to charge overnight in the hallway outside.
Do you have a clothes hamper for dirty clothes? Whether it’s here in the bedroom or out on the landing, if you don’t have one, they are a good idea for catching dirty clothes instead of leaving them on a chair, radiator or floor.
Use the tops of wardrobes well. These areas – upper shelving inside the wardrobe or at very top of the wardrobe itself should be considered as storage areas only. Don’t put anything you need regularly and don’t put any clothes there. Suitcases, lesser used handbags, seasonal clothing or family memory boxes are examples of items that should go to these higher spaces.
3. Remove excess or large furniture
Less is more when it comes to bedroom furniture.
Having a chair in the bedroom can be a lovely addition to the room. However, they are a huge clutter magnet and if you find that the chair is more often a mess than used to relax in, it might be time to remove this magnet! Chairs should only be in bedrooms if you have the space and you actively don’t mind keeping it clear!
If you have lockers either side of the bed but aren’t being used, can’t open properly, or stop drawers in the bed being opened, then perhaps replacing them with floating shelves might be a better idea.
Again removing lamps and replacing them with lights on the wall or attached to a headboard could save you space.
Are there any other large pieces of furniture in your room that you’re not using and could go somewhere else or be given away?
Oh bedroom storage. Let’s start with shoes. Everyone underestimates how much storage and space they’ll need for their shoes. It literally involves lining them all up and counting them. Seriously. Then get the storage. And very often, simple shelving is the best solution!
Aside from clothes and shoes, other categories of items that can be found the bedroom that all require planning storage are:
Perfumes and aftershaves
You can only make good storage choices once you know how much of each category of item you are going to keep. So it’s vital to declutter first, then count up what you need to store. As with the shoes above, if you’d like to get matching hangers for instance, then counting up the number of hangers you currently have allows you to plan for any future purchases.
5. Finishing Touches
Change the bedclothes, polish surfaces and vacuum the floor.
Add some mood lighting. Light a candle or two, switch off the main light and light a side lamp instead. For ambience!