Organizing Room by Room: The Bedroom

It’s funny how different times in our lives make us look at things differently. I have lived in my condo for about 5 1/2 year, the longest I’ve lived anywhere as an adult, and I have really enjoyed living here, but now that I am trying to move I am looking at everything with fresh eyes and re thinking all the things. Where things go, what is really important to take with me, and what is no longer serving me.  Which leads me to this series of posts. I want to share with you a few ideas for organizing your house, room by room. 

Ideally your bedroom will be a place for rest and relaxation, your haven of peace in your hectic life. But the reality is often different, very different. I don’t know about you, but my bedroom is for rest and relaxation, but it is also for getting ready for the day, and it’s also my sewing room, Let’s get real in how we think of the bedroom if we ever hope to get it organized and keep it that way. Since my first rule of organization is the what do you want from the space, lets work with our real lives not some ideal I’ve never experienced. And if you live in a small space I know your space is doing double duty like mine, or perhaps triple duty so lets be real.

If I think about my bedroom and how I use it through out the day it only makes sense to start with how I start my day.  Now I’ve never been one to get ready in the bathroom. This is partly because my older sister spent too much time there when were getting ready for school to make it possible and by the time she went off to college my routine was set. A crucial part of my routine is my vanity table, the old school kind, with a big mirror and a seat. No matter how tiny my room has been, and some were TINY, I’ve never even thought about getting rid of it. By now it would be weird to get ready any other way. 

I keep this crucial space organized with a combination of bins, drawers and a spinning makeup carousel.  The drawers are for items I want to keep handy but out of sight, like my unmentionables but also hair brushes and my less often used jewelry.  For the jewelry I wear often, I have a row of command hooks on the wall. The jewelry is hidden by my curtains but accessible when I have the curtains open. I find being able to see my necklaces greatly improves the odds I will wear them! 

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The bins (like these from Ikea) help keep all the lotions and potions contained, so they don’t fall off their little shelf. The added bonus of the bin is that it keeps me from hanging on to products that aren’t working for me, since there is only so much room.  One thing that I have on my vanity table that is a little odd is my vitamins, I keep a weekly pill case on the vanity table and the bottles on the near by window sill. I have found if I actually want to take my vitamins this is the best place for them to be. I forget if I keep them in the kitchen like most people. Odd perhaps, but it’s what works for me. Currently across the room from my vanity seat is my closet, so I often will look into the closet and ponder what to wear I am drying my hair, so multi tasking for the win! *if you want to know how I keep my closet organized click here*

Now I can’t really talk about bedroom organization with out talking about the bed, can I? I love having a bench at the end of my bed to throw my robe on, and keep an extra blanket on, and my night stand has a pretty simple set up. I have an alarm clock, the same clock radio I got in college, since most alarm clocks sound scary to me and this one doesn’t.  A lamp I made out of a wine bottle many years ago, that I like because it is bright enough to ready by, but not so bright it is painful if I need to turn on the light in the middle of the night.  I often have a book here next to my chapstick and phone charger.  I use a large binger clip to keep the cord handy, and not on the floor. The only other thing I really need on the bedside is night time allergy meds and Advil, because it is my friend more and more as the years go by. This time of year I also have out the remote to the ceiling fan, because who wants to get up when they are hot and trying to sleep? I try to keep all of these essentials in the same spot so I can find what I need in the dark, if I need to. What you keep could be very different, the point is, to have what you need at your bedside and not worry too much about how it looks, but how it works for you. 

 

Did I give you any ideas for how you can organize your bedroom? What other purposes are you using your bedroom for?