Less Clutter for a More Peaceful Life
When my kids were little, and both my husband and I worked full-time outside of the home, our house was always a mess. Not just a little messy but a big huge mess. Less Clutter wasn’t possible.
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 was embarrassed to have my parents visit. My mother was a stay at home mom, and I remember her house always being spotless. So I would try to get my house in some type of shape before they arrived every few months for a visit. The picture below is not from that period in time, but a more recent picture of how my office looked a few years ago long before I got into the organizing HABIT.
Let me tell you an embarrassing story:
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 from work late, 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; Then realized their coats, were on the bed and our bedroom 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.
Start when you get home from work or are done running errands.
You will then have less clutter.
- Start by making the bed. Change out the sheets if you can in less than 5 minutes (because you are just that good). Make the bed with the comforter or bedspread and fluff up the pillows.
- 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. A lid is not necessary if the hamper is in the closet, (but a ‘nice to have’). Clothes that aren’t necessarily dirty but need a button sewed on – 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.
- You have taken care of the two most significant clutter factors. Now you 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.
Are you 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.
Items on a dresser or chest of drawers, organize and dust.
Give any mirrors a quick wipe, if you have time.
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 do it within your 15-minute time frame.
Yay, less clutter! Read my blog post “Seven Tips for Moms to Get Dinner on the Table”
If you want more tips on Decluttering and having a beautiful living space, follow my good friend Melody Granger at Purging Party dot com.