Home Organizing Challenge Week 4: Master Bedroom

January 25, 2015


14 Week Organizing Challenge


Welcome to week 4 of A Bowl Full of Lemons 14 Week Organizing Challenge. This week we will be freshening up our master bedrooms.  This space is our sanctuary and it should be clean, de-cluttered, and inviting.  Does your master bedroom fit any of those categories?  If not, join us this week and get your room organized!

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Home Organization 101 14 Week Challenge via A Bowl Full of Lemons


WEEK #4 TASK – The Master Bedroom:

This week we are cleaning and organizing our master bedrooms.  I challenge you to clean your room from top to bottom, organizing it, and creating a master bedroom sanctuary.  This space should be a place for relaxation, not stress.   We are NOT cleaning out the closet this week… only the bedroom.  Have fun!


Master Bedroom Organization via A Bowl Full of Lemons


WEEK #4 CHECKLIST: (Print out the checklist HERE)

1.  PREPARE:  Find 5 laundry baskets/boxes and label them with a piece of paper…
  • 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. This space should be empty!
  • Dresser drawers – Pull out all of the clothes and empty onto the bed. Go 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. 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 down 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 whats 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!  Its time to organize!  This is an important step if you want to keep your room clean. Use baskets and bins to place “like” items together.


Master Bedroom Organization via A Bowl Full of Lemons


Organizing Inspiration


Here are several blog posts that will inspire you to get your Master Bedroom organized.

1.  Master Bedroom Organization

2. Purging the Nightstand

3.  Organizing the Bookshelf



Share your progress on Instagram using the hash tag #abfolorganizechallenge, blog about the weekly challenges – sharing your before and after pictures and/or share over at my Home Organization 101 group here. Hold yourself accountable and finish all 14 challenges!



If you are just joining us, visit the challenge details page here, to learn what it’s all about.



Week 1: The Kitchen

Week 2: The Laundry Room

Week 3:  The Pantry



I’ll see you back next week for another organizing challenge.


6 comments on “Home Organizing Challenge Week 4: Master Bedroom

  1. Sue says:

    Why do you recommend keeping the area under the bed empty? Can’t that area be used for storing seasonal items in bins?

    • Rachel says:

      If you look into it, studies have shown that having that space clear of everything helps you relax and sleep more soundly through the night. If you need to use the space it is certainly a valuable space to use, if you can get away with not using it, it’s definitely recommended.

  2. Sarah says:

    I like the use of the baskets. It focuses you to take everything into consideration and to think hard about weather you actually NEED something, or if you can give it away/throw it out. Great advice. I can’t wait to try the other challenges.

  3. Jennie says:

    I love the EST. plaque above her bed!! Can you tell me where I could find something like that ?

  4. Tracie says:

    What do you do with jewelry?? That’s what I have on my dresser & while it’s organized on jewelry holders it’s still makes my dresser look cluttered. But I use it daily, so I don’t know where to put it…

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