Our master bedroom was out of control with clutter and too much stuff! I did a master bedroom makeover last week, and the change is amazing! Our closet especially is like a whole new room!
My husband and I have a standing joke that if he goes out of town for more than a day, he’s going to come to rearranged furniture. While this makes us chuckle a little, it’s so true. I finally realized why this is…
It dawned on me that the reason I thrive on projects when he is away isn’t because I get a kick out of moving heavy furniture myself or being the only one to wield a paint brush. It’s because I can do what I want with no objections!
“You want to take half the furniture out of our bedroom??? Why??!”
I imagine that would have been my husband’s initial reaction if I told him I didn’t think we really needed 2/3 of the furniture in our room. I had a vision and was getting increasingly more excited about it, so it’s just more fun if I don’t try to explain it and instead just call it a fun “surprise”.
Master Bedroom Makeover
The Problem: Our Cluttered Mess
I don’t know if this happens in your house, but in our home the master bedroom can all too often become a dumping ground and always receives less attention than the rest of the house. Maybe it was because I don’t spend as much time there, or because it just seemed to overwhelming to make any significant headway.
Whatever the reason, our room was a cluttered mess.
I’m going to show you the before pictures, and this gives me a small degree of anxiety. Please don’t call Hoarders on me. I’m not a hoarder, but at some point last week I realized that 50% of what we kept in our bedroom
could should be stored elsewhere. Or better yet, thrown or given away.
This is what our room looked like before I started last week (the top pictures):
The bottom pictures are the “after” pictures from the last time I surprised my husband with a room makeover on Valentines Day three years ago (he had been out of town then too).
My focus then was mainly painting the room and updating the art and pictures on the wall. My focus this time was getting rid of the clutter and transforming our bedroom from storage center to a cozy haven.
I did not take as many before pictures as I could have…just imagine a lot of stuff. Or you can check out the before and after video I shared on YouTube.
I took alllllll the things out of the drawers, off the tops of the nightstands and chest, and from under the bed. This was the by far the biggest part of the process. I went through every piece of paper, every random memento, every article of clothing. The only things that were “allowed” to stay in our room were the items to which we actually needed regular access. Everything else was thrown away, given away, or stored elsewhere.
Some of the things that got the boot:
- at least half of our sock drawers (who needs 2 dozen pairs socks?!)
- yearbooks, old photos, tokens from our childhood (now stored in our attic in a box labeled “nostalgia”)
- seasonally inappropriate clothing (again, now in the attic)
- countless stacks of papers (sorted/filed/tossed)
- old magazines kept with good intentions, but in reality ain’t no one got time for reading those (tossed– shhh, don’t tell my husband, he’ll never miss them)
The After: Our Cozy Haven
After all the clutter was dealt with, I was able to turn my attention to design and organizing what was left. (The fun part!)
I moved the tall chest completely out of the room and put my husband’s nightstand there instead. In place of his nightstand, there is now a secretary desk. We have talked about getting him a secretary desk for years, but never had a place to put one. Now he has a place to keep his fly tying vise and materials.
The other huge change was the closet. I completely reorganized and purged the closet. And thanks to an idea on Pinterest, I switched our clothes rod to be front and center, to being off to the side. This made all the difference in opening up the space.
Now on to all the pictures! Again, if you want to see this in video format, check out the video on YouTube to see the whole process, a few cameos of my cute kids, and my husband’s reaction to the bedroom makeover!
Our Closet: What A Difference!
Besides our clothes and shoes, our closet serves as storage for a lot of my husband’s fishing materials and rods. It was important to find a way to keep these organized and neat.
That’s it! I am absolutely LOVING the new space. Our room feels so much bigger without the larger furniture and it is much more peaceful without all the clutter. I have been putting my new DoTERRA diffuser to use whenever we are in there too. It really is a cozy haven now.
Anything new I bought at Target. I didn’t have time to shop around several stores, and the fact that I found a $50 gift card to Target in my closet didn’t hurt either. The secretary desk and chair were purchased secondhand.
I have always been a little envious of people with bedrooms large enough for a sitting area, so figuring out a place for a desk makes me really happy.
What about you? Can you relate to our cluttered room or is your room already a place of peace and rest?
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