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Organizing is the biggest housekeeping challenge for most people. To get your home in order, you need to start at the source, the master bedroom. This room often becomes a catch-all for things that don't have a place to go. Clothes get stored here, books that need shelves, electronics, and magazines seem to find their way into the bedroom.

This can become a big problem if we don't make a point of keeping it organized. We don't spend a lot of time in our bedrooms, so it's easy to ignore a problem. When we do go into the bedrooms, it's usually at bedtime when we do not want to even consider organizing or cleaning it. However, getting this space in order can help you to control the rest of the house.

The master bedroom can be a good place to store some things, especially if you want to keep them out of the reach of your children. You need to find room for all of those out of season clothes, magazines, mementos, books, and craft supplies. It is perfectly fine to keep all of these things in the bedroom, but you need to acknowledge that you are going to keep them here, and make a space for them.

Shelves are very useful in the bedroom. Get shelves deep enough that you can use them for storing random small items. Bins and baskets can be put on the shelves and hold all of those little extras, like mementos, batteries, your video camera, and other little things that keep ending up in your bedroom. You can also use baskets for things that you normally keep in drawers, saving the room in there for storing clothes that you don't need to access every day.

If you have room for a desk in the bedroom, you can keep your bills and other personal items out of the main area of your home. If you don't have a separate room for your office, then you've probably found that office supplies make their way to your bedroom anyway. Your desk can also be used for craft supplies, a sewing machine, or an extra computer. If you have a lot of stuff to store, consider adding some cabinets around the desk area. Many people are able to utilize a corner unit and store a lot of stuff in a small, usable area.

The last thing to organize in your bedroom is the closet. Clothes hangers should match so that they hang straight. This will keep your clothes from becoming wrinkled and save you from having to re-iron them later. Hangers should be made to fit the clothes that you're hanging on them. For example, a coat hanger is curved to help wool coats and suits hold their shape. A wood hanger is not only beautiful, but sturdy and smooth enough to use on a lot of different types of clothes.

Add shelving and a space for a laundry basket to the closet by getting shoes onto a shoe rack, luggage stored up high, and blankets stored in vacuum sealed bags. With just a few touches, you can have your closet and your entire master bedroom organized and easy to keep that way.

About the Author: Jo Granville is on the staff of Only Hangers, a manufacturer and leading online resource clothing hangers.