The Master Bedroom is Your Sanctuary

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WIZOrganize the Master Bedroom

wizorganizing the Master BedroomThe Master Bedroom – When it comes to organizing, people often ask, “Which room should I organize first?” When the subject comes up around me, I always say the Master Bedroom. In fact, a lot of organizers would concur with that. The reason is two-fold. What is the first room in the house you escape to when you need a break from life? Probably your bedroom. What is the first room you see when you wake up in the morning? Again, probably your bedroom.

The first thing you lay eyes on in the morning can set the tone for the rest of the day. Think about it. You wake up, open your eyes and what do you see? A huge mess before you, clothes strewn everywhere, work spread out on the floor by your bed where you were working last night, dirty dishes from the last meal had there, toys & games the kids left behind, general crap here and there? Or do you see order, a place for everything & everything in its place, pretty pictures on the wall, perhaps a vase of flowers, your loved one laying next to you on a clean set of sheets, a general LACK of crap strewn everywhere? You might have decorated the space with your favorite pictures, themes and colours. If you’re a comic fan, for example, what better way than to wake up and look at Captain America posters? Obviously that’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but you see my point. Which do you think would make you feel the best? Which do you think would help you to have a better day? Well the latter of course!

Clean and Organize the Master Bedroom First

When it comes to organizing and cleaning, my bedroom is the first room I hit up. Now I know this isn’t organising or cleaning, but making sure I have plenty of light is important. In fact, the right bedroom lighting can make all the difference to your space – so get this in check first. Any room can be made to look untidy in dim and low light. To add some lighting into a bedroom, some homeowners usually look into neon signs. These signs can be customized to say any message, so you could add your favorite quote onto your wall to add some more light. Visit Neon Filter to learn more about that.

I know how you women are, the kids and/or spouse always come first. Not this time. On this I must insist.wizorganizing 101 It’s kind of like being on the airplane. When the oxygen fails, what are you supposed to do? You’re supposed to put on your mask first so you’re better able to assist those around you. This is no different. When you’re working on the other areas of the house, you must have a place to come to, to unwind and relax. For most of us, this will be your bedroom. If it is in fact a different area of the house, feel free to start on it, but I think it’s safe to assume that for the majority of people, the bedroom it is. So let’s begin with this room, shall we?

The first thing we are going to do is set some rules. Don’t you hate those? Don’t hate though, you will love these, once you get used to them; I promise.

Rules of the Master Bedroom

Rule #1
The only people allowed in the Master Bedroom, without prior permission, are the people that the room belongs to. In most cases, that’s you, your spouse, Mom, Dad or a combination thereof. No if ands or buts. Occupents only. Which leads into rule #2.

Rule #2
The only items allowed in the bedroom are bedroom-type items. For instance, this does not include, work, food, children’s paraphernalia (including but not limited to: toys, games, clothing, food stuffs, homework, school papers, etc. or the children themselves), mending, ironing or clothes baskets (unless currently filling or offloading), computer, desk, chair and similar accouterments, pet items such as a litter box, bed, toys and the like or a television set. No more news last thing at night! The only items in your bedroom should be the furniture (bed, dresser, nightstands, mirror, armoire), clothing and accessories and décor (pictures, lamps, vase of flowers, knick-knacks). There are some exceptions to the above items in some cases, but generally speaking, if it does not serve to nurture a relaxing, sleeping or dressing environment, i.e. bedroom-type purpose, get it out!

Rule #3
This was mentioned briefly in Rule #2, but really deserves its own rule. No work will be performed in the Master Bedroom. By work, I mean both work brought home from the office and work done around the house like mending, ironing, signing permission slips, checking homework, etc. If you have your desk in your bedroom, or God-forbid your “home wizorganize the master bedroomoffice” lives there, and this includes your computer, get it out. There has to be a different place for this function. Remember, the Master Bedroom is your sanctuary. When you think of peacefulness and relaxation, does work really come to mind? If it does, well, that’s a whole separate post. By the way, did you know that sitting in front of the computer as little as 30 minutes prior to bed can lead to disruptive sleep? The light keeps your brain awake long after you’ve shut it off. Food for thought. Nevertheless, if you would want to increase your productivity and improve your sleep cycle, you would have to remove all your work-related things from the bedroom to somewhere else in the house. Bringing in some fragrant reed diffusers, Wax Melt Burners for your luxurious smelling wax melts in your sanctuary might help you relax at the end of a hectic day.

Rule #4
The bedroom is not the kitchen. I’m being serious here. A lot of people bring food into the bedroom and it just isn’t a good practice. First of all, food can make a mess, a mess can create bugs, bugs in the Master Bedroom are not pleasant! Secondly, it’s just not a good idea to eat food away from the kitchen or dining area. A lot of weight loss experts will tell you that one. Thirdly, there will come a time when you’re just too tired to put everything back and you will wake up to a pile of dirty dishes, wrappers and leftover food. Remember that “set the tone for the day” sentence above? Just don’t do it. Eat in the kitchen, then come to the bedroom. The only exception perhaps would be a beverage for while you’re relaxing in there.

Rule #5
As mentioned above, when it comes time to clean and/or organize the house, start with the Master Bedroom. If you get no other room of the house done on cleaning day, make this the room you do. At least you will know you have this room to escape to when things get hectic. I don’t care which room you pick to be second, from this point on, this room will be first.

Next time we’ll start cleaning and organizing this room, but for now, I want you to start implementing these rules. Some of them will be tough, some will be easy. All will be essential in the long-run though. Start with the easiest or the hardest, I don’t mind either way, but start. If you need help with any of them, if you’re not sure what to do with your desk for instance, or you’re having a hard time getting your spouse on board, let me know. I’ll see if I can’t help you with some solutions. Just remember though, everyone needs someplace to escape to when the going gets tough. From this point on, that someplace will be your Master Bedroom.

Until next time – Don’t Just Organize It, WIZOrganize It! ~ Michele

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  1. lol michele you’re tough!!
    95% of that I can probably follow super easy (and do follow probably 75-80% now)
    but the t.v.???
    that’s where i go to sit and pet the dog (her bed is by mine) and relax and get away from the other t.v. that has ‘shoot ’em up ‘gun ’em down’ ancient john wayne or clint eastwood movies going, lol

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