2016 Home Organization 101 Week 6: Master Bedroom

February 13, 2016

Home Organization Challenge


Welcome back to the 2016 Home Organizing challenge. This week, we’re cleaning, purging, and organizing the master bedroom.  I challenge you to clean your room from top to bottom, purging as much as possible, so you can create a master bedroom sanctuary.  This space should be a place for relaxation, not stress.   Keep in mind that we are not cleaning out the closet this week, only the bedroom.


Master Bedroom Organization via A Bowl Full of Lemons


If you are new to the challenge, look over the details then begin working at your own pace.  For encouragement, join our Home Organization 101 Facebook community and share your progress or struggles. Or simply look through the photos and read how others are doing. If you’re on Instagram, share your progress using the hashtag #2016abfolchallenge.  Don’t forget to print out the complete 14 week schedule and checklists below.

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For the perfect companion guide to our challenge, purchase The Complete Book to Home Organization. It includes all 14 weekly challenges as well as tons of pictures and tips that will help you organize your spaces each week. No need to log onto the computer for inspiration, this manual has it all!


2016 Home Organization Challenge



Our bedroom is peaceful, calming, and most importantly, free of clutter. I’ve removed un-necessary items that don’t belong and donated as much as possible to charity.


 Master Bedroom Organization via A Bowl Full of Lemons


Our master bedroom is large so we have enough space for a sitting area. We unwind in these chairs at the end of the day.


Master Bedroom Organization via A Bowl Full of Lemons


Master Bedroom Organization via A Bowl Full of Lemons


I’ve purged about 50% of my books and have decided to purchase the majority of new books digitally from now on.


Master Bedroom Organization via A Bowl Full of Lemons


To eliminate clutter, I have removed everything from the top of our dresser, with the exception of our essential oil diffuser. It’s much easier to clean. Every once in a while, I place fresh flowers in a vase in front of the mirror.  A clear dresser and a properly made bed makes a huge difference.


Master Bedroom Organization via A Bowl Full of Lemons


We keep our nightstands free from clutter and use white linens to create a calming atmosphere.


Master Bedroom Organization via A Bowl Full of Lemons


This week, I challenge you to purge as much as you can BEFORE you begin the organization process. When purging, ask yourself these three questions: Do we use it? Do we need it? Can we live without it?



1.  PREPARE:  Collect 5 laundry baskets/boxes and label as follows.
  • Keep – Everything that stays in the room.
  • Trash – Things that need tossed in the trash (or recycled).
  • Donate – Everything that you are donating or giving to someone else.
  • Clothes – ALL clothes that stay in the room.
  • Other – Everything that goes to another room in the house.
2.  SORT:  Concentrating on one hot spot at a time, empty the space completely.
  • Under the bed – Pull everything out and sort it into the baskets. Try to keep this space empty and free of dust!
  • Dresser drawers – Pull out all of the clothes and empty onto the bed. Sort through each piece of clothing.  Does it fit? Do you still wear it?  If not, donate it! Fold and place the clothes back into the drawers (like items together).
  • Night Stands – Empty out the drawers and the top of the stand. Clean it off, wipe it down, and only put back the necessities back!
  • Dresser top – Clean it off, going through each item thats on there.  Sort though using the basket system.  Wipe clean and put back only necessary items.  This is a clutter hot spot. This is the first area people notice when walking into the bedroom! Try to keep it clear of the clutter.
  • All other hot spots in the room – Using the basket system, go through what’s left of the room.
3.  CLEAN:
  • Clean the windows, blinds & mirrors
  • Wipe down doors, baseboards, doorknobs and switch plates
  • Dust Dressers & nightstands
  • Vacuum
  • Wash Bed Linens, curtains, bedskirt
  • Vacuum mattress/flip mattress
  • Wash pillows, sheets & comforters
  • Clean ceiling fan & lighting

4.  ORGANIZE:  Once its all clean, you are ready for the fun part – organizing! This is an important step if you want to keep your room clean. Use baskets and bins to categorize items.



Here are several blog posts that will inspire you to get your master bedroom organized.


The 2016 Home Organization Challenge Instagram




Take some time this week purging the clutter from your master bedroom.  Share your progress on Instagram using the hash tag #2016abfolchallenge, blog about the weekly challenges, and  share your before and after pictures over at my Home Organization 101 group here.  Keep up the great work. You can finish all 14 challenges! I can’t wait to see what you accomplish.  Good luck. I’ll see you back next week for week 7 of the challenge. Happy Organizing!


10 comments on “2016 Home Organization 101 Week 6: Master Bedroom

  1. Marlene Cooper says:

    Hi Toni, I know this isn’t the right list to post this but your home is GORGEOUS. Does it have historic status? Specifically speaking of the outside. Take care! Marlene

  2. Kimberly Allsup says:

    Dear Toni,

    Thank you for taking the time and energy to let us into your beautiful, well organized, clutter-free home and giving us the tools to do the same! You are an inspiration to so many.
    I am considering going the Scentsy route, I am nearing the end of my Yankee candles and I am ready for a change! I have looked up your “favorites” that you posted awhile back and have found that many are no longer available.
    When you have the time, can you provide a new list of Scentsy “favorites”?


  3. Melissa says:

    Do you ever use the Library, instead of buying books?

  4. debbie says:

    where did you buy your iron head/footboard?

  5. debbie says:


    Where did you get the wood artwork above the bed — it’s sooooo cute.

  6. Jeanette says:

    I love your home! Where did you find your comforter and pillows and such?

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