For this challenge, instead of trying to hit targets of certain numbers of things per area, I want to look at whole rooms and dig really deep into problem areas.
I decided to start with the bedroom. As I said in my last post, before I began I made a list of tasks that needed to be done for each room.
So for reference, here are the things I focused on in my bedroom:
– organize and properly store clothes “for later” as my room had become a storage area for clothes that don’t fit my pregnant self, outgrown kids clothes to save for each younger sibling, and some piles of things needing to be donated that haven’t been yet
– find places for or donate all the extra junk in the closet, including going through some random boxes of things, some of which really did not need to be there
Most of this was centered around my closet and a nearby shelf, both of which had become a big mess of random projects and things that I did not know where else to put.
One of my rules I am holding myself to through this challenge is for everything I take out of one place to either find a place where it belongs somewhere else, or to leave our house entirely. I’m trying to get rid of wandering things that don’t really have any place to go, making space for things that are really important and letting go of things that are not.
So while I moved things that did not belong in the bedroom out, I tried to put them away in their exact places, or at least bring them to the closets or rooms where they will stay, likely finding their permanent spot as I get to those other rooms later.
Now, without further delay, here is my bedroom “before”…
Laundry that is never quite put away, kids toys taken or stashed away, bunches of clothes and random bags and pieces of decorative items or things needing repair or half finished projects. Quite a bit here.
So I started with the clothes. Saphira (age 4.5) helped me quite a bit with this part while her sister napped.
I went though a laundry basket overflowing with things I had taken from the kids dressers as I noticed they didn’t fit, a basket of kids shoes that I had set aside from our porch recently for the same reason, a bag of baby/toddler clothes I was set to purge before I got pregnant again, piles of things I had pulled off our hangers that Drew wanted to purge and that I could not wear while pregnant or in the summer, and whatever else was laying around.
I used a couple different totes, filled one up with clothes of Saphira’s to put away for Trinity for later.
I refilled the laundry basket with clothes that Trinity might be able to use now and put them in her room to go through when we tackle their stuff.
I filled the other tote with my clothes for when I am back to my pre-pregnancy shape, and with some formal things we just don’t use often.
I filled a small box with clothes we can keep for the baby, which I put back up in the closet for going through further as we gather more of what we need for this next little one.
I finished trying on some maternity pants I got from a friend, hung up what I wanted and put the rest in to the donate bag.
At the end I had two garbage bags full of clothes to just take to the thrift store, and two totes of kids clothes and shoes and our own extra stuff that can be stored in the garage.
With the clothes out of the way I was able to get to the rest of what was on the shelves more easily.
Saphira helped me take out and put away all the kids toys and books that were around.
I made some space for a couple of kids items that I will be trying to get rid of that I need out of their sight.
I took down some decorative things for us to either make room for or add to the donate pile.
I out our extra bags and purses back in the storage bench where they live with my jewelry making supplies.
I bagged up my Waldorf doll pieces and pattern and put it on my shelf where I will actually see it and finish it, hopefully.
I organized mine and Drew’s special books and projects on our own shelves without all the extra stuff around it.
I put the basket of candles and the memorabilia boxes tidy on the higher shelves, after having tucked little cards and drawings and papers of special interest each in their appropriate box.
That is basically it. I may or may not take my box of notebooks and sketchbooks and things to the garage, I kind of like having it on hand lately.
I put the cushion back in the cat bed and set it up on the closet so Link has a place to chill out in there again.
I brought my breast pump and a box of clothespins to the hall closet to be established in there when I get to that part.
I ended up with a very small bag of garbage and a few things besides clothes that we can give away or sell.
So, I got things put back in a tidied manner and set aside everything that can be taken out.
Here’s the after shots:
So, it’s actually not quite as clear and spacious as I was hoping. Apparently there are still a lot of “things” I think I need, but everything is organized and some long overdue donations will be made, and there is some empty space now if gifts or whatever need a place to be stashed!
I decided to leave the cleaning and regular stuff out of this, so I did not finish putting away my clean laundry or make my bed yet. But I feel like that will be so much easier now! And that means this room was indeed finished in a day, it seemed like a lofty project so I’m proud of that.
I would love to see and hear your own progress if you are following along with your own declutter! If you feel so inclined, please leave a comment here or an update or a photo on my Facebook page!
I aim to have the next challenge post out within the next couple days, so keep an eye out!