Do you get up in the middle of the night and have to walk an obstacle course to get to the bathroom? Well, it’s week number three of “Get Organized” month and we are going to focus on our bedrooms. This could mean your bedroom, your children’s bedroom, or your guest bedroom where your guests can’t sleep because you use it for storage. Remember your tools! Get your timer and 2 different colored trash bags.
Day One: Bedside Tables.
Set your timer. I bet this one can be 15 minutes! Clear your bedside table of all the trash. Now, think about what truly needs to be next to your bed. A clock? A book or magazine? A photo of that special someone? Whatever it is that you truly need, put aside. Now put away or donate the other items. Wipe the table and drawer and put needed items back neatly.
Remember, flat surfaces are not our friend. They are like magnets so resist the urge to place items next to your bed that truly don’t need to be there.
Day Two: Under the Bed.
No groaning. Set a timer. You may need a broom to help you get whatever is under there out. Leah Hennen from HGTV was told by Feng Shui experts that anything under the bed can disturb our sleep. Our goal with this space is to decide if we really need these items. If we need them, where else can they be stored? Let’s go! Trash, donate, or find a new home. 30 minutes! Go!
Day Three: The Bedroom Floor
Don’t pretend you don’t have things thrown on that floor. Set that timer and let’s knock it out quickly. You know this routine by now. Toss the trash first, touch every item, and add to the donate bag what you don’t LOVE (like that favorite shirt that was too small and is now on your floor because you can’t even think of letting it go. Yes, I know it’s there….donate). Put away all other items that are on the floor that do not belong there. Run a vacuum over the space, including under your bed, and wow, look how nice and peaceful!
Day Four: The Dresser (and/or other furniture in your room.)
I don’t have a dresser in my bedroom, but I do have a nice reading chair and a bookcase and occasionally (more often than I will ever admit!) a coffee cup, water bottle, or clothes end up hanging out there until I take the time to clean it up. Now’s the time!
If you have a dresser stuffed with clothes, take 2 drawers a day and knock it out. You can do this!
Toss anything damaged or stained. Donate items that you no longer love, no longer fit in, or just haven’t used in a year. Put away the other items neatly.
Day Five: The Bed
Wash your bedding, pillows included, and make it up nicely. Use your flat iron to iron the edges of your sheets and pillow cases. As your reward, get a glass of wine or a cup of tea, a great book, and relax! You’ve worked hard. Enjoy!
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