Picture your bedroom as a serene place
that lulls you to sleep and makes you feel relaxed. If your bedroom isn't there
yet, maybe it is time to create that nurturing atmosphere.
Start by standing in your doorway and examining your room with a pad of paper
and a pen. On your pad, list anything that annoys you, how you visualize your
ideal bedroom, and any organizing ideas that pop into your head.
2. Now gather your giveaway, put away, and throw away boxes or bags. The
first place to go is the bed. Have someone little take out all that stuff from
under your bed. Then vacuum it. Now start sorting the shoes, memorabilia
and dirty clothes. Storing things under the bed is a good idea if you have one
or two labeled under- the-bed storage boxes to keep things dust free. Everything
else needs to find another home.
3. How about your
bed? Do you need to change the sheets? Do you need new ones? What shape
are your comforter and pillows in? List it any dream purchases on your paper.
4. Let's look at the end table(s). Empty the drawers. Get rid of the clutter
and sort and rearrange what is left. Does what is in your end tables help to give
a sense of peace to your room? Now clear off the top of the end tables and dust
or polish them. Now what are you going to put back that you really want? I like
to keep a couple books, a notebook and a pen, a light (if you don't have those
wonderful lights that go above your bed attached to the wall), and a little glass
bowl to put my earrings in that I always forget to take off till I'm snuggled
under the covers.
5. OK break time, have a
drink of water, read a chapter in your novel and come back in a bit. Once you
are back it is time to take care of those piles on the floor. Put the clothes
in a hamper. Put the papers on your desk. Throw out the trash. Maybe you can have
a little discreet wastebasket. Are all your piles cleaned up?
6. Onto the dresser. Take out the drawers one at a time and sort through
the clothes. You know what to do with the ones that you no longer wear, don't
you? Any out of season clothes should be in a storage box to be put in a less
convenient place. You might think of getting drawer dividers for your socks, underwear,
jewelry or makeup. Put the rest of your clothes back in your dresser, it is best
if you use one drawer per item so all your clothes aren't jumbled together.
7. Now clear off the dresser, all the way off. Dust
and polish it. You can spray the mirror too while you are there. Sort through
the things on the dresser. If you have a lot of knick knacks maybe you
could put some in storage and take them out seasonally. After awhile you don't
notice the pretty things in your house but if you switch things around your house
can be fresher. You might also consider a tray for makeup, knick knacks or hair
care. When you need to dust you just lift the tray and you are all done. What
is on your dresser that helps make the bedroom a refuge? I have a little fountain,
a picture of my husband and I from a college dance, a jewelry box, my alarm clock/CD
player and some candles.
8. Do you have any bookcases
or entertainment centers that needs to be cleared out. You might even consider
having them all the way out of your room. Personally we like our entertainment
center in the bedroom that way we can watch a movie in there while the kids are
watching a movie in the living room. It also gives me space for my many books,
hidden behind the door. On top of it are tons of candles.
9. Do you have a desk in your room? Is there anyway to get it out of your
room? Your room will be so much more relaxing if you don't see paperwork all the
time when you are trying to rest. If not, maybe you can block it off with a pretty
screen or a quilt on a clothesline.
10. Now to set
the mood. Pretty flowers on the dresser. Meaningful pictures on the wall.
Candles for romantic nights. A radio/CD player for playing soulful music. Handmade
blankets. Lovely pillows piled high on the bed. Whatever your taste is, you can
make your bedroom into a peaceful haven. Especially without the clutter.
can you make your bedroom a haven?
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