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Want to Get Organized? Create a Restful Bedroom

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Sandra
04.02.15

“Get more organized.” That’s one of the top 10 New Year’s resolutions for most people.

“But where do we start?” is the first question from most of my new clients.

If they have a particular area that’s driving them crazy, then we start there.  Otherwise I often suggest that clients start by organizing the bedroom. Why?

My reasoning: if you are sleeping well and waking up rested, you’ll have the energy to tackle whatever else needs organizing next.

RELATED: Organize your thoughts for a better night’s sleep

You can’t organize until you plan

If your bedroom is not the restful haven you wish it to be, set the goal to have that room purged and organized before the end of the month.

But first … stop. Don’t jump in without a plan.

Decide: What is the purpose of this room? Decide all of the functions it needs to fulfill. The items that are in this space should be all about that! The rest needs to live elsewhere.

Look around:  What is working in this room and what is not? Write down what is not helping this room to function the way it should and brainstorm solutions.

Believe: Remind yourself often that you are worthy of having a restful haven in your bedroom, and capable of achieving your goal.

Capture: Take “before” photos so you can celebrate your progress at the end.

Make the time to organize

Now turn to your calendar to see where you have open spaces to make progress. Every morning find the 15-minute block of time that you will spend in this room – just 15 minutes a day. If you are on a roll, keep going, otherwise stop and do more the next day. Evaluate your progress each evening.

Follow these 6 steps to organizing

1. Purge 

Remove anything that does not belong in this room — TVs, computers, exercise equipment, desk and any work-related items.

2. Boxes

Find five big empty boxes or bins and label them to help you organize items:

  • Somewhere else in the house
  • Somewhere else in the world
  • Needs attention
  • Sentimental
  • Garbage

3. Focus

Stay on one area at a time: one drawer, one closet section, one nightstand, under the bed. Pay specific attention to every surface, every item.

See the remaining steps on Angies List.

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