2018 Home Organization Challenge: Week 6 Master Bedroom

February 10, 2018


Welcome back to the 2018 Home Organization Challenge. We are almost half way finished and you are doing an amazing job! Keep it up. We’ve made it through the kitchen, pantry, dining room, launch pad, and living room. It’s time to concentrate on the master bedroom. At this point, you should begin to see some major changes in your home. Don’t give up now. You can do it.



If you’re new to the challenge, print out the schedule and checklists below and begin on the current week. For encouragement, join our Home Organization Facebook community to share your progress, or struggles, or questions. Or simply look through the photos and read how others are doing.


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For the perfect companion guide to our challenge, you’ll want to pick up The Complete Book to Home Organization. It includes all 14 weekly challenges as well as a ton of inspiration and tips about the spaces we will be organizing. No need to log onto the computer for ideas, this manual has it all!


If you need more guidance on cleaning your house, be sure to pre-order my brand new book The Complete Book of Clean.  It has tons of tips and checklists that will teach you how to get your homes sparkling clean.



Over the past year, I’ve really cut down on the amount of clutter in my home (especially in my master bedroom). I’ve purged and then purged some more. I’ve made more trips to the Habitat For Humanity than I care to reveal. The problem is that I love to decorate and of course that equals buying more stuff. It’s something that I am working on and I’ve made huge strides towards contentment, but it’s a process I’m still working on. Getting rid of clutter feels good and to see how my home has changed over the years makes me hopeful that I will continue towards simplifying even more as time goes by. I’m happy to share what has worked for me, to inspire you to get rid of your house of clutter too.



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.

My bedroom is finally the way I want it. I love the style, the colors, and the atmosphere. It’s comfortable and calming. There is no clutter and the surfaces are clear. White bedding makes a huge difference, eliminating visual clutter and it’s an easy transformation.

Here is a video tour of our master bedroom.



Baskets are a great way to store blankets and shoes in.



Tip: Store t-shirts neatly folded & upright for maximum storage. I use this to fold my shirts.


I use drawer organizers to coral socks & undergarments.



Keep the nightstand free of clutter and try to make it a habit to make your bed every morning.



You can simplify your master bedroom too! Begin with decluttering and go from there.


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

Once you’re finished organizing your master bedroom this week, share your progress on Instagram using the hash tag #abfolchallenge. You may be featured on A Bowl Full of Lemons Instagram page! Don’t forget to blog about the weekly challenges and share your before and after pictures over at my Home Organization group here.  Hold yourself accountable and finish all 14 challenges! I can’t wait to see what you accomplish.  Good luck. I’ll see you back next week for the week 7 challenge. Happy Organizing!


3 comments on “2018 Home Organization Challenge: Week 6 Master Bedroom

  1. Katherine says:

    Beautiful! Such beauty from simplicity is the best.
    I would love to know if you made the long, striped, linen pillow or if I can purchase it somewhere. Thanks!

  2. Julie says:

    I wish I would have discovered your blog about a month ago! I just started my own decluttering/organizing blog (amateur compared to yours) to hold myself accountable for decluttering my messy house filled with too much crap! I started in the master bedroom last week, which perfectly coincided with this week on your blog! I definitely still have a lot of work to do (drawer organizers, etc), but I am feeling good about the start. Check it out, please! https://materialisticmama.com/finally-done-right/

  3. Jane.Hammond says:

    I love the wreath and the ladder above the bed – creative and beautiful. And the organization of drawers looks awesome, I’m going to try this at home, thanks for the idea.

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