Your bedroom is a place of rest and creativity … it’s where you daydream and plan your future goals. I believe your bedroom should reflect who you are, and the design should be functional. My bedroom is not large but it’s bigger than most, and for the past 20 years it’s been a mishmash of things. I’ve always said, “When I’m older my bedroom is gonna be the business” … Well, guess what … I’m older and my bedroom is still looking like I just moved in. I’ll get a piece here, and a different piece there, and right now it’s just a place that I collect things that aren’t being used. This has got to change because now I’m finding that I can’t access what I need, and I’m misplacing items.
This is my space…
I don’t have any dedicated storage for my extraneous items, however, over time I did try to remedy the situation with some furniture. I went through a “red” phase so I have this high-gloss red cube shelf (Kallax), that I got from Ikea 6 years ago because I wanted something for my record albums to get them off the floor. Now it sticks out like a sore thumb, but I can’t get rid of it because I need it, and I don’t like wasting money just because I got the color wrong. The smart thing would be to paint it but nothing will stick to the high gloss finish (well … maybe chalk paint, but that’s another post), this table serves as a makeshift bedside table. I low profile printer table as my other bedside table (that was too small for my printer), that I’ve turned on its side, but it never has been functional. It’s crowded, it’s wobbly … it’s a mess no matter how many times I organize it. So yes … I need storage solutions, and this is what I’m envisioning.
Side shelf unit from Ikea, storage bins, on the bottom shelf. I’ll have room for books … my nick-nacks, a box to hide cords and wires, a tray for my jewelry, a place for better lighting, and a clock, and last but not least … under-bed storage for all my pillows, blankets and items I’m not currently using.
My landlord sold me my bedframe 8 years ago, and I’ve yet to get rid of because it’s sturdy and it works. Let’s just the say the oak wood with gold trim, is not cutting it. I want something stylish, with a modern farmhouse vibe. Then I can bring in a rug, update my curtains, and add some artwork. I don’t have to worry about filling my walls because I currently have an accent wall that created with adhesive stickers from Etsy.
I know my color palette is monochromatic, but this will allow me to bring in colors and textures, with plants, pillows, and throws. Also in my list [but not shown] is a monitor riser, which I plan on using on my dresser for my DVD player. Underneath I can add a tray for my remotes, and some DVDs. One other addition is a new laundry basket that can be tucked in the corner.
I’ve set a budget of $500 for my bedroom, and I need to stick to it. The bed frame is the most expensive item, and the rest I can get with some careful planning and coupons. I did think about getting everything from West Elm and blowing out my credit cards … but that’s not responsible and I have some financial goals, which include not putting unnecessary items on my credit cards. I’m going to be working with the existing items in my room, and upcycling some things I already own. I will replace some items over time, but this is a right-now project, so I want to complete this by March, with that set budget. Overall I just want a cohesive space, and I’ve found that I sleep better, I’m more productive, and my mornings run smoother, in a space that I’m comfortable in.
I’ve also found some great books on purging and decluttering your space, and if you have Netflix … Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up series is now available if you are struggling with the book. <a href=”http://Clear The Clutter” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Here are a few titles.
1. Cozy Minimalist Home, More Style Less Stuff + Myquillyn Smit
2. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing + Marie Kondo
3. The Complete Book of Home Organization + Weldon Owen
4. Real Simple Organizing for the New Year: Refresh Your Home, Calm Your Mind
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