Is your master bedroom cluttered with laundry and kids toys? It’s time to bring sexy back to the master bedroom with beautiful, but budget friendly, bedroom decorating ideas.
My husband and I have never been people to worry too much about keeping a perfect house. I’m much more of an “enjoy the moment” kind of girl and there are a million things I’d rather do than clean. But living that way for 20 years inevitably resulted in us having too much stuff.
Earlier this year, as I set my one word new year resolution to make “steady” progress in all areas of my life. And part of that was deciding to simplify and shed some of the clutter from my life.
So, I joined a 14-week Home Organization Challenge from A Bowl Full of Lemons, and I’ve slowly been tackling different rooms in the house. The kitchen, pantry, laundry, my son’s room, and the master bedroom so far. And while it feels great having the other areas of my home organized, re-doing my bedroom has been life changing.
I don’t say that lightly.
Living with a Cluttered Bedroom is Not Sexy!
Research has shown that clutter increases stress. While I’m not a believer in fancy-dancy things like Feng Shui, I know that a peaceful space has a calming effect on me and clutter brings stress. Living in a cluttered space is a constant reminder of housework I feel like I “should be” doing. That makes it difficult for me to let myself unwind.
Crawling into bed and finding a matchbox car from my son may be funny at the time, but it’s certainly not romantic. I wouldn’t consider a pile of bank statements on the nightstand an aphrodisiac either.
The Process of Organizing a Bedroom:
I wish I had taken before pictures, but I didn’t think about it at the time. No wonder! Our bedroom wasn’t a disaster, but it was crowded with too much bulky furniture, clothing, and clutter. And while a couple of weeks ago, I would have argued until my death, “who cares? It’s dark when I’m in there anyway,” I’m admitting now that I was 100% wrong.
The clutter wasn’t enough to really bother me, most days. The kid’s toys, clothes, and clutter in the corner tend to disappear when you walk buy them enough times. We become blind to the chaos in our lives.
So I took stock of the bedroom, analyzing how I would feel if it were a hotel room or a stranger’s space.
Looking at our stuff as if it were not our own, really helped me. Suddenly the drying rack tucked behind the closet door, the basket of unmatched socks on top of the dog kennel, the clean clothes stacked on top of the dresser, and the bills, magazines, and books on the night stands felt oppressive.
I purged it all. Once I started seeing progress it was almost like I couldn’t get it out of there fast enough. I kept only clothing (limited to what fit in the closet and drawers) and the furniture. The nightstands were replaced with small writing desks with drawers only big enough to hide essentials like phone chargers and chap stick. I got rid of the lay-z-boy chair and replaced it with a slipper chair. The drying rack was eliminated and the dirty laundry was confined to one laundry basket on the floor of the bathroom linen closet. We also moved the TV off the dresser and out of the room. The doggy crate had to stay so our furniture legs don’t become chew toys. :)
I managed to do my entire master bedroom makeover for less than $300! (Of course I deal hunted and shopped with cash back as much as possible!)
What was left was an open, airy space that felt twice the size it did before I started.
After living with the changes for a week, I realized we still had issues with clothes. I didn’t have a good space for workout clothes and my husband’s jeans were still on the floor every day.
My dresser is the skinny one between the closet and bathroom doors. It is only big enough for socks, tights, undies, and camis. So I bought galvanized boxes to put my t-shirts, yoga pants, and sports bras into the bookcase. I moved the books downstairs to the office.
My husband always changes into jeans when he gets home at the end of the day, so I hung hooks behind the closet door to get them off the floor.
I know it will continue to be a work in progress, but I love the changes!
Dreaming Up Some Sexy Master Bedroom Design Ideas:
Clean is definitely higher on the romantic scale, but I didn’t stop there!
I sex-ied it up with some candles. I added some pretty white sheer curtains to soften the windows and a vase of flowers on my night stand. I also added a tray on the dresser to corral my husband’s phone, keys, coins, and such from his pockets each night.
I struggled with what to hang over the bed. I was originally thinking a high key painting or black and white photograph, but trying to keep things budget-friendly hung up a mirror I had in the basement. I love how it brightens up the room.
We were stuck with our chocolate brown walls. My husband loved them, but I hated them. I craved a more airy feel. The curtains and light colored bedding helped me accomplish this. (Marriage is all about compromise, right?)
When you’re decorating your master bedroom, think about what feels sexy to you and try some of these master bedroom design ideas:
- Everyone looks sexier under romantic lighting or candle light. Dimmer switches are a girl’s best friend. So are candles…lots and lots of candles!
- Music can totally set the mood for some seduction. Put a portable bluetooth speaker on the nightstand or a docking station for your phone.
- Cozy bedding you want to spend the day in is a must. Look for sheets with a high thread count that will get softer as you wash them.
- Mirrors can add a seriously sexy touch for some. (Probably not so much for others who are skittish about their body image.)
- When you’re choosing colors, think about how certain colors can make you feel relaxed or spicy!
- Ditch the TV! It can be a distraction for both a good night sleep and romantic pillow talk.
I can hardly believe the transformation. For the last couple of weeks, our master bedroom has been easy to keep clean. In fact, it’s been spotless! It now feels serene and romantic. I’ve found myself just coming in here for a moment of peace at the end of my workday. Crawling into a nicely made bed at the end of the day feels like a treat, almost like I’m on vacation somewhere.
I feel like we’re staying in an upscale hotel, and it’s all ours! We get to sleep here every night!
If you’re settling for a mundane master bedroom, I challenge you to clear the crap off your dresser, light some candles, and bring sexy back to your bedroom! You’re worth it!