Day 7 has arrived in the July Clutter Independence Challenge! Are you still with me in this?!
Today we tackle another guest room or child’s bedroom. I moved into the guest room. I didn’t think I would find much here. (This is a recurring theme!) Then, I recalled my “stash” of organizing products that I keep in that closet. These are the extra items that I think I may want to use in a future project. This line of thinking is definitely a hazard in my line of work! Anybody else out there save these just-in-case items? Please share so I don’t feel alone!
**Never fear, no curious cats will be donated today. 😂
Are you ready for Day 6 in the July Clutter Independence Challenge?
Today was set to be a guest/2nd bedroom. For me, that means my 12-year-old son’s room. Now, as I’ve cautioned before, you should not attempt to declutter anyone else’s stuff. So, I asked him to take a look and see if he had anything he was no longer using. In a move shocking no one, he did not! I next looked for anything I was keeping in there that could go. I came across these 8 cube containers that were folded up in the closet. The bookshelf has long since been repurposed, so these are heading out the door! Success!!
Do you have a spare room, a son or daughters’ room to be decluttered? Share what you declutter there!
Nobody loves making their bed. At least, not anyone I've ever met. We see it as a time-consuming nuisance first thing in the morning. We ask our kids to do it. They hate it too. So, what's the point? Why should you ever bother making your bed? You are only going to (hopefully) return to it at the end of the day.
Here are a few reasons why making your bed can be a very good thing...
1) It sets a tone of success and accomplishment for your day when your feet first hit the floor. Check! One thing done already! You may now proceed kicking butt and taking names. :-)
2) When the bed is made, you are less likely to leave other items lying around which don't belong there. I'm talking about unfolded laundry and clothes tried on before leaving the house.
3) A tidy bed is a little bit of cozy luxury that welcomes you when you are ready to rest at the end of the day. You can choose if it is simple and straightforward, or mounded with decorative pillows.
Are any of these reasons compelling for you to try making your bed? Please share in the comments if you are a bed maker, or why you don't.
Help Kids Learn How to Organize!
I hope you are having a great week! Let's chat about kids' bedrooms and playrooms. They are often cluttered with toys, school items, and anything they can drag through the door. Help them to conquer the clutter by setting them up for success with functional storage.
Here are a few ideas to try:
-Instead of one large toy box in which small parts are easily lost, invest in several smaller ones. Or place smaller bins inside of a large toy chest.
-Have kids help sort their items into like piles and put in separate bins, boxes, or totes.
-Label all containers, or use clear containers for younger children who can't read labels yet.
-Use fish nets or pet nets to keep stuffed animals off of the floor. Collapsible laundry hampers are a great solution as well.
-When new toys are brought into your space, take the opportunity to help your children to let go of any others that are no longer loved. A "1 in, 1 out" rule can be very helpful.
Encourage kids to keep their space organized. It will be easier for them to maintain the system when they know there is a special place for each item.
What is your favorite way to store stuffed animals? Please share it in the comments!
The space under our beds can be the perfect, often forgotten, place to store items in our homes.
1. Measure the clearance height from the floor to the bed frame.
2. Invest in storage totes, or bags, that will slide under the bed. You can even find ones with wheels on the bottom designed just for storage under the bed.
3. Label each container and fill with like items (extra blankets for cooler nights, a container for seasonal clothing, shoes, or even a hobby project).
4. Make certain that each container can be accessed from the edge (don't have 4 rows deep of totes that get jumbled during a search).
5. Use a floor length bed skirt to hide the ample storage.
Storing items under the bed is an efficient use of space, and can even help keep the dust bunnies away! I would love to hear in the comments what you will store beneath your bed.
Our bedrooms should be places of serenity and comfort. You can easily create a blissful bedroom for yourself by following a few simple organizing tips.
-Don't use your bedroom as a dumping ground or a place to sort paperwork. The clutter often gets left behind and the room loses its peacefulness.
-Get a candle or other scented object with a fragrance that calms you and put it near your doorway or bed, so that when you are in your room you feel relaxed.
-Each morning before you leave your room, take 3 minutes (or less!) to take care of any dirty laundry or clutter you might have left the night before.
-Make your bed and open the shades to let in the daylight.
You will thank yourself at the end of a long day when you can come home and relax in your blissful bedroom. You are worth the effort!