Bedroom makeover – from cluttered to a relaxing bedroom for Mum

This post is sponsored by Kia’s All New Soul

I want to send a huge thank you to Kia Australia, as I am so very very grateful that they have given me an opportunity to visit the homes of 3 readers who have each won the ‘Win The Organised Housewife for a day’ competition.  Sometimes our homes and clutter become so overwhelming that it’s a struggle to find the time in our busy days to go through it and tidy it up.  This is where I have been able to step into these rooms and help work through the clutter and create a plan on how to keep these rooms organised. I drove up from the Gold Coast to Brisbane, Queensland in the Kia Soul to visit Winner #2 Leigh to make over her bedroom.



Mum’s Bedroom Makeover

Leigh is a mother to 3 children, 2 who are foster children.  Leigh has been a foster mum for many years now and has had so many kids in her care that she has lost count.  Leigh’s days are filled with school runs and looking after a 6-month-old bub. She is constantly busy caring for her kids and rarely finds time for herself.  In the evenings after the kids have gone to bed, she wants to relax.  She could do this in the lounge room, but there are kids toys around or the reminder of washing that needs folding. Instead, she likes to retreat to her bedroom; her space, to relax and watch TV, which is completely understandable.  We mum’s always put ourselves last, and I am so pleased that we can make this a reality for this very deserving mum!

Unfortunately Leigh’s bedroom had become the dumping zone for all items around the home that didn’t have a place of their own.  She loves to sew and craft and read magazines, but these items would just be left on the bedroom floor. Leigh’s foster daughter also likes to keep a supply of her ‘special’ items next to Leigh’s bed as she occasionally sleeps with Leigh on some nights: Miss 7 likes to keep these items close. We needed to come up with a plan to make this space clutter free so that Leigh could relax more.

{The Organised Housewife} Mums Bedroom Makeover 2

We needed to improve the storage ideas in this room, sort through the clutter and make it a beautiful room to wake up to each morning.

The action plan:

  1. Buy some fresh new linens for the bed
  2. Sort through the clutter around the walls
  3. Tidy the wardrobe
  4. Move the current TV cabinet back into the wardrobe
  5. Tidy up Miss 7s special items

See how we transformed this bedroom in the video below

New Linens

The basis of the decorating of this room started with the bed.  Leigh had decided to get rid of the big dark bed, selling it on Gumtree.  She purchased a gorgeous new white bed to lighten the room and because of this, I wanted to treat her to some beautiful new linens.


Leigh and I spent some time together shopping and trying to find the ‘perfect’ quilt cover and we found it. Kas Ingrid had some gorgeous bright colours, which was exactly what Leigh wanted for her room.  The new bed was a Queen but we got a King size quilt so that it would go lower down on each side of the bed.  This will hide any storage containers that Leigh may put under the bed in the future.


The fun bright yellow Stockholm bedside tables are from Ikea

Sort through the clutter

What I could see first and foremost was a lot of clothes around the side of the room.  Leigh had recently lost weight (awesome work!!) and didn’t know what to do with the clothes she no longer fitted into.  I suggested to sell or donate them as we all live in hope that after losing weight we will no longer need them!


 A few of the clothes were also dirty, which made me realise that Leigh needed a clothes hamper in her room.


Leigh enjoys reading home and food magazines, so I created a home binder for her so that she can tear out the pages that inspire her for her next decorating project, and can place the pages into the binder for future reference. This is a great project to complete while watching TV in the evenings.


Miss 7’s special things

A very important step in tidying this room was to sort through Miss 7’s special things, she really likes to have them close to her when she sleeps with Leigh at night (which we are working on using the I will stay in bed reward chart).


As Leigh wanted to sell her dark furniture, this was a great opportunity to buy her some light coloured furniture.  I wanted something that Miss 7 could hide away her things, but easily access them.  This Hemnes Console Table can easily hide all the dress up clothes and dolls in the canvas boxes.  Leigh can also use a box to put all other clothes that she finds too big, to eventually donate them.


The bright orange boxes coupled with the yellow side table really adds colour to the room.



Leigh’s wardrobes were full with clothes, and looking in I could see that the wooden coat hangers were taking up a lot of room.


We replaced the wooden hangers with some felt slimline hangers which gave her more room in the closet, and some of the clothes that were around the room were able to go into the wardrobe now.


A few of the drawers in the wardrobe were broken, so I found some runners from Bunnings to fix this up for Leigh.


We used the space at the top of the shelves to store away all the craft items, so that Leigh can now easily grab them down when she is feeling crafty.  Leigh already had the black box which hides all her Christmas presents, so it was very clever of her to put presents into the solid black box so that he kids can’t see through it!

We placed the chest of drawers that the TV used to be on back into the wardrobe to tidy up the bedroom.  We also placed the blanket that was on the bed into the suitcase which then fit perfectly into the wardrobe.


I placed all the lotions and beauty items into the storage baskets to make it easier to wipe up any spills that may happen, and used the space at the bottom of the cupboard to store shoes.


The beautifully fresh and bright new room

I am so very pleased with how this bedroom has transformed. We managed to remove all the clutter from the sides of the bedroom by creating better storage solutions with the new furniture around the room and in the wardrobe.  Leigh wanted a bright and colourful new room, and a place that she could relax in.  This is such a fresh new sanctuary for her!


We added a few little frames to put photos of her foster kids in, and candles because we all love a little candlelight in the evenings.


Some beautifully comfortable cushions to lounge on while watching TV.


Can’t go past a cute little milk bottle filled with some perfectly purple tulips


This room has turned out amazing and Leigh was beyond grateful for her new little space. Thank you again to Kia for allowing me to make a difference for this very deserving mum.




Quilt cover – Kas Ingrid – Myer

Yellow Bedside Tables – Stockholm – Ikea

Home Binder – The Organised Housewife

Pink Box – Tjena – Ikea

Coat hangers – Flocked Hangers – Howards Storage World

Clear Storage Boxes – Samla – Ikea

Shoe tubs – Flex Tub – Howards Storage World

Frames – Borders Frames – Bed Bath N Table

Candle – Dagligen – Ikea

Storage baskets – Cadi – Howards Storage World

Clothes Hamper – Tubtrug – Howards Storage World

Milk Bottle, tulips and sequin cushion from at Logan Mega Centre

Orange Cushion – Gurli – Ikea

Where is your favourite place to relax at the end of the day?

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Leia Hunt May 11, 2014 - 9:32 PM

Love this. Great job!!

Leigh Gaeta May 11, 2014 - 9:41 PM

Love it! Thanks for a great room Kat. 🙂

Suzel Doughty May 11, 2014 - 9:56 PM

Where is the bed from please?

Nikki Parkinson-Hubbard May 12, 2014 - 12:12 AM

Another great makeover Kat – well done!

Mrs Woog @ Woogworld May 12, 2014 - 12:47 AM

This is so inspirational xx

Sonia Khalil May 12, 2014 - 1:09 AM


Sylvia Breuer May 12, 2014 - 3:34 AM

Love this makeover Kat, and what really caught my eye (because our play room needs reorganising) are the orange IKEA Drona fabric boxes. When I checked the IKEA site, however, the boxes are only available in black and blue. May I ask which IKEA you got these from, and how long ago?

Corrie Sebire May 12, 2014 - 6:44 AM

looks fabulous Kat! now what date did we say you are coming to my house…oh we didn’t set a date yet???? And what a beautiful and deserving mum…to think that she devotes her life to other children is really wonderful. My bedroom looks like a tip right now in between moving house and trying to set up the baby in our room. I think you’ve done a wonderful job and taken a big pressure off her shoulders and I bet she is so grateful. Well donexxxx

Marie O'Neill May 12, 2014 - 7:02 AM

Absolutely beautiful makeover Kat! I hope Leigh enjoys her beautiful new space. I know my bedroom becomes the dumping ground for laundry, kids toys and god knows what else so I can totally relate to this. Could not imagine a more deserving recipient that a foster mum as well. xx

Sarah Kimpton May 12, 2014 - 8:01 AM

Wow, this room looks fantastic! The new furniture and bright colours give the room such a lift, and I love how the coloured drawers tie in with the doona cover. Katrina u have managed to create so much more storage in the room and it definitely looks like a mummy’s haven now. Leigh I hope u are now able to really enjoy ur quiet time… given all you do for our community you certainly deserve it! Best wishes to you. Xx

Leesa Watt May 12, 2014 - 9:31 AM

wow Leigh you are one lucky lady but by the sounds of it you well and truly deserve it. I hope you enjoy your new sanctuary daily

Melissa Walker Horn May 12, 2014 - 10:25 AM

SO awesome Kat! A great job and I’ll be adding those side tables to my wishlist. Nice one.

Brigitte May 12, 2014 - 11:26 AM

Oh my goodness!!! You have given me so much hope for my cluttered room/s. Now to get to and organise. Thank you for the wonderful posts about de-cluttering. My pet hate but I never do anything about it thinking about the cost of it and where to begin. You give some great ideas on your site!!! Thank you.

Katrina May 12, 2014 - 1:31 PM

Brigitte this room was very inexpensive to makeover, the new cube unit and the quilt were the most expensive items. It can be done well on a budget. We donated clothes and sorted through a few boxes, but mostly it was about making better use of the wardrobe and storage in the room, giving it a great tidy up. Would love to see how your room goes, good luck!!

Sheridan May 12, 2014 - 2:14 PM

This looks so great! It is so lovely that you could do this for some beautiful, deserving people! What a great opportunity!

Katrina May 12, 2014 - 4:12 PM

It really is Sheridan, Leigh works so hard as a foster carer, she really deserves a little space for her!

deb May 12, 2014 - 4:56 PM

Wow what an amazing job Katrina! She is a lucky woman to have you help her out! You guys did an amazing job at both organising & decorating!

Anorina @ Samelia's Mum May 12, 2014 - 5:00 PM

Leigh’s room looks fantastic and looks like such a lovely space to relax and unwind.

I love the quilt cover and the side tables and the lamps and the cushions and the storage… oh, I should just say that I love everything.

Enjoy your new room Leigh x

Christina @ Mr and Mrs Romance May 12, 2014 - 5:24 PM

Wow! I love this transformation Kat! So inspiring, and to a very deserving mum.

Jac @ Common Chaos Chronicle May 12, 2014 - 5:38 PM

Wow Kat I really love what you guys achieved in such a small amount of time. It really does look amazing.
I really wish I could snap up your services for a day (or 7) and get you to do your magic at Chaos HQ!

MB May 12, 2014 - 6:41 PM

Another fantastic job Kat. Leigh, I just want to say that you do an amazing job looking after foster children. I too am a foster mum of 3 and have 3 of my own so I know how hectic things get with school, contact visits and the everyday stuff one does to run a household. From my experience the little ones need their special items to make them feel safe so keep it going. Now Kats been to visit and help out I hope you can feel comfortable and relaxed to meet the next day ahead. Keep up the great work and enjoy the bedroom makeover. All the best.

Leigh May 12, 2014 - 7:43 PM

Thank you MB , being a foster career can be very hectic & exhausting! I love having a space that looks fantastic that I can call my own.

Debs May 12, 2014 - 7:11 PM

Looks gorgeous. Love all the colour. My room is always the last room in the house to be clean.
I recently changed over all my hangers to the slim felt lined ones. So good! No more clothes falling off and you can fit so many in. You can buy them in bulk at Costco :)Fabulous job Kat 🙂

rachel May 12, 2014 - 9:54 PM

Stunning and yet simple transformation! I bet she is over the moon with it all! What a lovely person to share her life with children who need a safe home.

Christie-Childhood 101 May 12, 2014 - 10:56 PM

Love what you’ve done here, Katrina 🙂 Those yellow side tables are just divine!

Bec @ The Plumbette May 15, 2014 - 2:02 PM

What a fantastic room and an amazing transformation.

HappyChick Caz May 17, 2014 - 4:37 AM

The doona is missing… there is no doona on that bed, just the empty cover!

Renee Gusa Nugent May 19, 2014 - 9:25 PM

OMG you just used my 2 favourite words…… storage solution….. lol….. last week I spent 5 hours cleaning out 3 bedrooms to create less clutter…. thanks Kat for once again getting us to think about our living spaces….. and Leigh you are amazing for the work that you do with those children, I hope you really enjoy your new space

Chloe June 21, 2014 - 9:02 AM

Such a beautiful transformation! We forget sometimes we all deserve a happy,inviting area for ourselves

Alex August 11, 2014 - 12:29 AM

Just as a thought, you can get packs of 10 of the clear plastic shoe boxes (open from the front & you can see what you have!) for $20 🙂 thought it might use up the space where the green tubs are a little better 🙂

Katrina August 11, 2014 - 10:10 AM

Great idea! Thanks Alex.:)

christie Anderson August 11, 2014 - 7:33 AM

Beautiful makeover! Every mum deserves her own sanctuary! Can you tell me where the lamps are from?

Katrina August 11, 2014 - 8:10 AM

Hi Christie, these were originally Leigh’s she has had them for many years, unfortunately I am unaware where they are from.

MarcioWilges November 28, 2014 - 6:28 PM

This is some really amazing de-cluttering! The entire room looks more spacious and looks almost brand new after the organizing and neat arrangement of all the items strewn on the floor space. I think not only do we need to organize our things, but we need the removal of the items that we think we do not need anymore. If we keep hoarding the unnecessary stuff, then the clutter will never end.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife December 1, 2014 - 9:07 AM

I agree 100% Marcio. Thank you, i really had so much fun decluttering this room.

Rachael September 25, 2016 - 3:24 PM

Wow. What a lovely gift for a deserving lady!


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