Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Organizing Roundup: Master Bedroom

A big thank you to Org Junkie for the book How to Get Organized Without Resorting to Arson! Although Jeff's first response to the book title was, "What if we want to resort to arson?!" LOL!

Anyway... this month's organizing roundup is the master bedroom.

First of all, in showing you these pictures, I'm letting you in on a secret: I am not a neat freak - by any stretch of the imagination. If I can do something later, I will. I am a procrastinator when it comes to cleaning and putting things away (unless that cleaning bug happens to bite me in the butt and then there is no stopping me!).

So, with that grand introduction, welcome to the master bathroom after a Sunday morning of getting ready for worship services. Obviously there isn't a home for everything and the basket we have is not big enough to hold it all.

Luckily, I just happened to have this beautiful basket available to me in the garage with all of my other pretty SLAH things! When you can't move out, move up! The two tiers really help conserve counter space and it holds everything we need it to! Yippee! I can see my counter top!

Next is my bedside table. I'm notorious for bringing my cookbooks to bed at night and paging through. I'm also notorious for leaving them on the nightstand...

Now, after a bit of good ol' "putting things back where they belong" I can see the top of it better.

Dear hubby's closet. He didn't know I was going to include his closet in this month's roundup. He's probably going to kill me for posting a picture of his closet. LOL!

I arranged his shirts by type (long sleeve, polo type, t-shirt, etc). I put the winter jackets and shirts off the back in the right side of his closet. I also ended up with an empty shelf right above his clothes, so I added a few pictures for him to look at when he's getting ready in the morning. Aren't I sweet!?

His first words when he opened the closet were a chuckled, "Ok, where's all my stuff?" I didn't get rid of anything. I just made a better home for it (ie not hanging out all over the place).

I even found a tie organizer stashed away in his closet. I "engineered" it to balance between two hangers. I believe it's supposed to hang on the wall, but I wasn't up for drilling holes. Jeff said my concoction would work fine, though. So, I'm pleased if he is.

Here are the before pictures of my closet. Nothing is really organized except that all of my hangers face the same way - I am picky about that. The shelves are overrun, there are baby books on the floor, and it's no fun looking for a matching pair of shoes.

I actually took EVERYTHING out of my closet (per Org Junkie's suggestion). If it didn't fit or I didn't like it, I put it in a pile to get rid of. If I wasn't sure if it fit or not, I tried it on. Now my closet is full of clothes that I know I like and fit. No more sifting through!

With Spring here, this was a great time to bring the short sleeves forward and put the long sleeves to the back, as well as bringing the sandals out! woo hoo! It's not exactly perfect, but it is so much better and the baby books even found a safe home on the top shelf.

My shoes even found their "sole" mates!

And for the best part of all... Jeff and I can both do this:

The end.

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B. said...

I have the same problem with my night stand! and my master bathroom! You did a great job- thanks for sharing- I m now going to look around my house for things I can use in another room, too! I love being thrifty like that-

Jessica said...

Looks great! I have been working in my home also, although not following Organizing Junkie's plan. Just doing what needs to be done.
Take care!

Susanne said...

Over from Laura's. You did a great job! I love, love that tiered basket. Where did you buy it?

P.S. I loved your intro and I think I could have said that for myself word for word! LOL.

Amy V. said...

Doesn't it feel good to have the bedroom organized! Great job!

Stephanie Kay said...

Great job! Culling through clothes is a lot of work!

orneryswife said...

Super job, and doesn't it feel so good?

Be Thou Exalted said...

Great Job...very inspiring!

Alicia said...

Really good job. Your closet was like shining afterwards! Impressive.

4funboys said...


I'd have to be really brave to post photos of my disaster!

Good for you getting stuff done

Thanks for the inspiration.

Mel said...

Looking good! I am kinda a neat freak, but have learned to chill because my hubby is most definitely not one. I just love a neat closet!! Although if you come check out my pictures you can see that it had been awhile since I loved my closet!!

Laura said...

Sorry this comment is not related to your post! :)

I just came across your site...because I also have ALL boys.

Then I noticed your ALS banner on your side bar. I lost my mom to ALS almost 4 years ago. I'm so sorry that you've also experienced this disease with your friend. It's not fun...

Anyway...just wanted to share. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

LOL! The best part IS being able to close the doors - been there, done that! :)

Great job. I love your closet. Smart thinking with the tie hanger. :)

mom2triplets04 said...

I have that same basket you have your bathroom stuff in the one tier thing. What a great idea to have a 2 tier thing. I have a hand towel rack that I have stuff in the bottom basket but it's small. Great closet reorganization. Mine is a total mess! I'm still waiting for my husband to pick up all the clothes from the floor!

Laura said...

Okay, WOW! I'm so very impressed, I get so giddy looking at pictures like these. Love the two tiered basket in your bathroom. I'd love one of those myself!

I laughed out loud when I saw the pictures you put in hubbies closet. That is totally something I would have done, too funny!!

So great, I'm so happy for you :)


Mary@notbefore7 said...

Love the black iron baskets in the bathroom all organzied! Great work.

Oh I can't wait for my house to organize!

Unknown said...

I am so in the organizing mood....thanks for the inspiration!

Jena Webber said...

Good for you!! Nice job.

Unknown said...

I am so impressed, everything looks great! Can you pop over to my house now and do the same?! HA!