We’ve got two more days of spring cleaning left. For the past eight days, we’ve methodically decluttered, cleaned, and organized nearly our entire homes. It’s a great start to a simpler home! You should be proud of yourself.
Today’s focus is the area on which we tend to focus least. Our master bedrooms should be your haven of the entire home, the one place where you can find solace with your spouse and some grownup time apart from the kids.
So why do master bedrooms become the storage unit for kids toys, the catch-all for clutter when company arrives, and the last place to get clean? I’m pretty sure it’s because as home managers, we take care of everyone else in the family, leaving ourselves last.
Ours is a sacrificial job, and it’s noble. But we also need to take care of ourselves – and creating a little place in the home just for us and our spouse is a great step toward a simpler home life, a staging ground for intimacy, and the place where peace is guaranteed.
As I mentioned in the e-book, I would rather have ten items of clothing that fit perfectly and are made to last, than 100 so-so pieces of randomness that won’t last more than a few years. The same goes for shoes, handbags, jewelry, and other accessories.
I encourage you to use the method described in the e-book and get rid of the clothes you know you’ll no longer wear. Whether they no longer fit, they’re out of style, or they’re damaged, these clothes do not deserve residence in your precious space.
Either donate them to charity (if they’re in good condition), sell them on eBay or Craigslist, or repurpose them into cleaning rags or fabric for sewing projects. Only repurpose them if you legitimately need them – don’t save them with the noble intention of one day reusing them.
If you’re unsure about something, create a “maybe” box. Keep it in your closet for six months – if you don’t dig the clothing out by that time, it’s time to say adios.
Like your kids’ clothing, store out of sight the off-season clothes.
In the future, stick to wearing the basics, and have only a few pieces of trendy clothing. And I recommend you do your research on which brands might fit you best – what one woman swears by might not fit you at all. Read up on 10 basics every mom should have in their closet.
The Rest of the Bedroom
Declutter the rest of your place, and keep only the essentials that make your bedroom a haven. Don’t use under the bed as storage unless you use the items regularly, or if you have absolutely no other room. If you do, use well-labeled containers, as this area is a dust bunny magnet.
Get rid of anything you don’t love. You really won’t miss it. You’ve decluttered your kids’ stuff, your media, and your cooking tools – treat yourself and your marriage place to a good overhaul as well.
If your bedroom serves another purpose, such as your office, your workout nook, or a library, make sure it’s useful in your bedroom. An office needs good natural light, and you need decent floor space for exercising. Do your best to make sure this secondary purpose doesn’t overwhelm the first – a haven for you and your spouse.
Our master bedroom is miniscule, much like the master bath attached to it. We don’t have much room, but I like it that way – there’s only room for the essentials.
We collated all the laundry, and hung our clothes properly in our shared wardrobe. There wasn’t much need to get rid of clothes, since we just did a major overhaul when we visited the States. Here are all my clothes:
Because of our tiny space, I love my multi-tiered hangers – they really maximize space.
I use two tie hangers, one for necklaces and bracelets, and one for handbags and scarves.
My husband added some dowels to create more hanging space, and uses a simple basket for his undergarments.
We don’t have room for traditional night stands, so simple, streamlined chairs (from Ikea, of course) do the trick.
Believe it or not, I’ve also got my writing desk in here. It’s a small secretary desk (from you-know-where), and I love that I can close the lid to any disorganization. It’s important to keep it tidy, though, because there’s not much room inside – if it’s messy, I’m less apt to use it.
We couldn’t find simple curtains that were long enough and our style, so we repurposed thin throw blankets as our curtains. They work perfectly. We actually use them in the kids’ bedroom and playrooms as well.
I’m looking forward to seeing your master bedrooms today! Also – don’t forget to add any of your photos to the Simple Mom Flickr pool, so that I can consider adding them to my book when it’s nearing its publication date.
What’s your favorite thing about your master bedroom?