When my kids were little, and both my husband and I worked full-time, our house was always a mess. Not just a little messy but a big huge mess. My parents would come to visit, and I swear my mother would spend the whole time trying to get our house in order. I would tell her just to give up there was no cure for my disorganized house. The bathrooms were clean what more did you need?
I remember inviting some close friends over for dinner on a Friday night. My kids were teenagers!!! The dining room table (actual drop off area) was a mess, and there was nowhere to eat. I got home late from work, the kids were gone, and my husband was trying to get dinner cooked, and our friends were early.
So you ask what does this have to do with the Bedroom? I scooped everything up from the dining room table and throw it on our bed; it was only then that I realized I threw it on top of their coats, which were on the bed and our room was a HUGE MESS. I cried later.
I decided that I had had enough of living with a messy, cluttered house. Now to be realistic it took me several more years to come up with a good routine, but I decided to start with our Bedroom, I was going to have control of something.
Okay so you only use it a few hours a day – and most of those hours you’re sleeping – I will tell you nothing feels better or more restful than going to bed at night in a clean and clutter-free bedroom.
Yes, it is possible to spend just 15 minutes giving it a quick decluttering when you get home from work or are done running errands for the day.
1. Start by making the bed. If you think you can change out the sheets in less than 5 minutes (because you are just that good), then go ahead. Otherwise, put the comforter or bedspread on, fluff up those pillows and be done with it.
2. Next, you’ll want to tackle clothes. My husband would toss them all over. The dirty ones need to go into the hamper. If the hamper stays in sight, make sure it has a lid. If the hamper is in the closet, a lid is not necessary (but a ‘nice to have’). If you have clothes that aren’t necessarily dirty – perhaps a button needs to be replaced – designate an area in your closet for these items. I have a basket to put them in, so they are easily distinguishable from my other clothes. I then fold clothes that go in a drawer or wherever they usually would go.
3. With the two most significant clutter factors taken care of, you now need to remove or straighten up all the miscellaneous objects. I have put a basket on each of our bedside tables to keep things in that we use daily. Keep in mind the daily rule – if you don’t use it daily, then it needs to be put away – and put the items away.
If you must keep items out, be sure they are clean and organized in a fashion that does not appear to be sloppy. For example, if you’re an avid reader and have magazines next to the bed, stack them in a neat pile putting the smallest on top and the biggest on the bottom. If there are items on a dresser or chest of drawers, be sure they are organized in groups of 3’s or 5’s and free from dust. If you have time, give any mirrors a quick wipe.
That may seem like a lot to accomplish in 15 minutes, but if you take a 1, 2, 3 approach (bed, clothes and miscellaneous objects), you can declutter your place of refuge within your 15-minute time frame.
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