Detox Your Bedroom

What words come to mind when you think of your bedroom?

During our bedroom detox process, only three words should be your focus: cozy, restful and peaceful.

Our goal for our master bedroom is to be a retreat, a sanctuary. No matter what happens during the day, the bedroom is the one place you should be able to go and rejuvenate.

All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits. Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. Proverbs 16:2-3

So how do we get to that place of peace and joy?

1. Declutter. Move everything out - this includes closets and under the bed. I know this sounds like a broken record, but if you don't start with a clean slate, you'll end up in a vicious circle. Have your donate box and trash bag close, and then be ruthless. If it doesn't belong in the bedroom, doesn't serve a purpose anymore or doesn't fit...out it goes!

2. Cleaning. Move all of the furniture to the center of the room and clean walls and floors along the edges. Dust and sweep each piece of furniture, getting in drawers and on shelves. Then move it all back and clean the center. Do the windows, the fan blades and all those nooks and crannies you might not tackle in your regular cleaning.

3. Sorting. Ask yourself some serious questions before you move anything back into your bedroom. Does that particular item promote the cozy, restful feeling you're working toward? Is there somewhere else for it to live if you don't store it in the bedroom? Do you even need or want it anymore? Does it fit? Does it make you happy? If you can answer yes to most of these questions, move it back in. If not, it needs to find a home elsewhere in the house or in someone else's house.

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Romans 15:13

4. Organization. Reread the post last week about closets. Set your drawers and shelves in order using the same criteria: by season, by size, by color, by how frequently you wear/use/need them. Keep as much as you can behind doors or in drawers to keep that relaxing feeling. The less clutter in plain sight all the time, the more peaceful the room will seem.

5. Decoration. Have fun - add color, texture, patterns, smells and sights that you love. If this room is to be your sanctuary from the world, keep it simple, beautiful and lovely. Don't hang or set out anything that doesn't make you feel joy and peace.

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