Decluttering my bedroom

I love my iPhone – apps make the phone both useful and distracting.  One of my favorites is Paperless.  There is a free version but the free one sucks.  The $2.99 Paperless is pretty fantastic.  You can make checklists, assign it a cute little icon and has beautiful themes.  Mine is pink with a cute plaid background.  What i love is that it’s easy to make a list and then you can email it to yourself.

Today I used the Paperless app to keep track of the items I have decided to get rid of and then emailed the list to myself for an easy cut and paste.

Today’s Purge

2 pairs stained socks too yucky to donate (why do white socks get so gross?)

5 holey socks fit for the trash (which hubby said he was still using – too late)

Letter to Santa (after pictures were taken because the letter was so cute)

Orange top too long. and too big at neck

Black capris that smell funny

Jeans that are uncomfortable

Brown striped capris that aren’t flattering

2 belts I don’t wear that came with sweaters that I do wear

2 pairs brown socks

1 pair orange socks (was told they looked like Halloween)

2 Mini hotel conditioners

Purple flower pin

Mini hotel soap

Yellow headband

Pumpkin decoration

Shirt that is a bit see through and a bit too short

Pretty jewelry I never wear; 4 butterfly hair pins,  1 heart pin,  1 bug pin,  4 pairs studs

Pink spiky ball

1 pair gray socks

1 pair black gray white striped socks

1 worn out bra

My clothes

Tank top with ruffled sleeves that I always want to cut off
Tank top that doesn’t hide bra straps
Brown sweater from my mom
Red stretched out sweater that I love
Lovely dark green sweater I never wear
Black shirt with tight sleeves near the wrists
Hoodie with broken zipper
Black capris with rough fabric
Jeans that haven’t fit in years
Blue shirt with scratchy neck
2 lovely blue button up shirts

And one drawer in my daughter’s room:

My daughters clothes; Shaw, Skirt, Dress, 2 sweaters, 18 shirts

slight dilema – I want to take them to the Salvation Army to get rid of the three bags.  my husband says to hold onto the items.  I asked him if we were holding onto the stuff for a yard sale in the spring/ summer and he said he didn’t know.  Do I really need to hold onto this stuff until the spring?  that seems kind of silly.  I’ll store it in the shed (for now) and maybe we will just let it go for real soon.  I’m yard saled out and just want to bless others without the items I just want gone.  73 items – maybe I should find 27 more for an even 100.  wouldn’t be a bad purge for one day.  73 is a pretty good purge though.

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Number of things in my bedroom

last night I couldn’t help it – I counted the items in my bedroom.  We recently had our yard sale and removed a bunch of items from all areas of the house.  Earlier yesterday I started putting things away and taking things out of our bedroom that didn’t belong.  To me – the bedroom feels mostly comfortable.  I wish there wasn’t random cords hanging out on the floor or the piles my husband leaves out on the night stand but I can think of worst things.  When we moved into our home I purposely chose the smallest bedroom for our room instead of the biggest.  My husband didn’t initially agree with me but I said that we had a lot of stuff and if we took the biggest room (our family room) that our bedroom would wind up full of stuff.  I said to him that all we really needed was enough room for our bed and our 2 dressers.  He agreed but mostly I think he agreed because it wasn’t worth arguing with me over this.  Over the course of the two years in this home we’ve removed quite a bit from this room.  There used to be an extra bed in here – the mattresses stashed behind our dressers.  There used to be tons of stuffed animals, lots more clothes.  There used to be a bin rack ontop of my dresser with 9 bins all full of stuff.  Slowly but surely since I found Fly Lady my room has emptied out.  She always says that this room should be the cleanest in the house.  That this room needs to be comfortable and relaxing.

What I found to be slightly depressing is the sheer number of items in this room and it’s not even a fully accurate count as there is a load of laundry in both the washer and dryer.  There are 522 items in our bedroom.  522!  that’s crazy.

Interesting breakdown of items:

  • There are 4 pieces of furniture in our bedroom.  Two dressers, a night stand and our bed.  I counted the bed as 3 items as it has a frame, a mattress and a box spring.
  • There are 14 items hanging on the walls/ windows.  This includes 8 picture frames, a set of three hooks behind the door for my necklaces, the blinds, the curtain rod and the blanket we use as a curtain.
  • There are 75 hangers.
  • I have 100 items that are = 95 items are accessories plus 5 items to hold accessories
  • 121 = 92 items of clothes belong to my husband plus 28 hangers and 1 dresser.
  • 193 = 144 items of clothes belong to me plus 47 hangers, 1 hook and 1 dresser.

In our clothing count I also included all of our undergarments and shoes we keep in our bedroom.  I found it slightly distressing that is have almost 200 items related to clothing and I often feel like I don’t have enough clothing.  Isn’t that silly?

I broke the room down into sections – the bed area contains 34 items.  We don’t have a linen closet so we have to store the sheets under our bed.  Storing them in totes keeps the sheets clean – free from dust and pet hair.

Top tote is bedding for our daughter’s bed and bottom is our bed.

The nightstand area and the long, short dresser mostly belong to my husband.  92 items in this section plus the 47 pieces of jewelry tucked away in that little jewelry box.  Yes – a tv in the bedroom.  Don’t really know why we have it as we never use it.  (maybe a dozen times)  I hate tv in the bedrooms.  my husband on the other hand wanted it.  the nightstand drawers contain about 20 items of his.  the dresser is full of his clothes.

the room is small but the furniture fits and we have enough room to walk around comfortably.

Here is the closet that we share – each of us has about 3 feet of space for our hanging clothes.  The closet contains 123 items plus 75 hangers.  my husband’s sweaters are neatly stacked, his dress shoes are in the shoe box.  The two red totes are mine.  The one of the left – useful items.  It’s full of my winter tops.  The one of the right?  13 items that probably do not need to be kept but they are my just in case clothes.  You know – the just in case I decide to wear a buttoned blouse, just in case I need my suit, just in case.  The only thing in there that I really love is my little black dress.

fortunately I’ve purged enough that I can hang up most of my clothes.  I’ve also gotten to where I love all of the clothes that are hanging up.  Each item makes me feel good when I wear it.  The laundry basket on the floor hold our extra blankets and our daughter’s throw blankets.  We keep her extra blankets in our room because if they were in her’s she would use ALL of them.

My dresser area hosts 151 items.  There are more items in this small section than my entire living room.  Crazy!  The first floral box holds about 10 items belonging to my husband.  The second holds 22 accessories that I love.  Hiding behind the door are my necklaces and scarves – 30 items.  The drawers contain my undergarments, my pjs, my t-shirts, jeans and other clothing items.  I try to keep the items on top to a minimum but it doesn’t always work out that way.  When I’m not careful this area is a MAJOR HOTSPOT!  It attracts clutter like crazy.  Ideally the top would be as pictured:  deodorant, perfume, hair brush, change jar, ereader, 1 pair of shoes, flashlight, 2 floral boxes, 1 medication.  I hate the stickers on my dresser but can’t seem to remove them.  I guess that is my task for a lazy day with not much planned.  Any suggestions on how to remove stubborn stickers?

I love how my necklaces are tucked away but easily accessed.  none are expensive but many are special as my husband made some for me.  I adore my long necklaces.

I also love my floral pins and my bangles.  The knitted hats make me happy too!

So here is the big picture!  I love how comfortable it feels.  I love the pictures on the wall.  I love how small it is.  I hate the walls and feel like they need to be painted.  The carpet is also old and faded but both will do for now.  I love that my dog and cat both came in while I was taking pictures and both are pictured below.  I love my comforter and am happy with our decision to get rid of the head board and never bought a foot board.

I found this exercise to be interesting just like the living room experience though I was extremely surprised and how high the number was.  I would have never guessed that there was still 522 items in this room.  I wonder if this means I’ll need to purge down more.  I like the pictures because it helps me to see that everything can be in it’s place and look good.  It helps me see how much I’ve been able to declutter.

The master bedroom was always such a sore spot for me.  We had so much stuff in our first place but it looked good.  Our bedroom had so much storage and we had it full.  When we moved south our spaces were small and we always had housemates so much of our items were kept in our bedroom.  When we lived with husband’s parents for a while everything we owned was either in our bedroom or our storage unit.  it was so hard to rest.  it was so hard to sleep or relax or feel like a grown up.  we were drowning in our stuff.

I love our bedroom because it is relaxing, restful and organized.

 

Zone Cleaning the Master Bedroom

So zone cleaning in the master bedroom is increasingly difficult but I don’t mind so much.  My husband definitely needs his sleep too.  I did do some work in it today.  I finally bought a lovely comforter for this room.  When husband and I got our first place together we bought a lovely blue comforter that both of us enjoyed.  Through the years it became worn and tattered and we needed to let it go.  It felt so hard to buy a new one because we are often the fortunate recipient of other people’s unwanted clutter.  They mean well but we often cannot say no but most times the items are not our style.

Give you an example – we were using a brightly colored quilt covered in Macaws!  YUCK!  It would annoy me so our other options were a bright pink down comforter (also a gift) that crinkles when we move or our patriotic quilt (a purchased item I love but not for our bedroom.  It’s our picnic blanket and living room blanket.)

I was shopping at Aldi and found the quilt set below.

I have to say even though I’m not drawn to floral patterns I fell in love with this one right away.  I bought it and it looks lovely on my bed.  I decided that the comforter in my daughter’s room needed to go as well so we went shopping for her.  The current one was given to us and was closer to her style when she received it (pink with princess design) but over the years has become stained from us allowing her to have crystal light at bedtime.  After several stores she decided that she wanted the same quilt that we purchased so I went back to Aldi to pick her up the same.

So today I made our bed and put freshly laundered sheets on.  It smells lovely now and feels great.  I pulled the two totes out from under the bed and took inventory.  We’ve purged down to two sets of sheets for our bed with the matching pillow cases.  Our daughter has three complete sets of sheets and mismatched pillow cases.  We’ve kept two flat sheets that don’t go to either bed but I love them.  One is a lovely pink and white checkered sheet that i have used for a picnic blanket, a table cloth, a make shift play tent and more.  The other is a lovely blue and green floral sheet that is a perfect summer coverup when a blanket is too much.

besides the bed we each have our own dresser and husband has a side table with two drawers.  I cleared husband’s dresser top off to two picture frames, a jewelry box, a vase, his tv and dvd player.  My dresser top still needs a little work and I need to purge through my drawers.  Closet needs a little work as I need to go through my clothes still.  Fortunately it’s a small closet – about 6 feet wide and only slightly deeper than our hangers and we share so I only have about 3 feet of space plus the shelf.  There are two small totes of seasonal clothes and husband’s dress shoes on the shelf.

on the floor some work is needed.  there is a large tote full of dvds that I would love to purge by half but need husband on board with this and then there is a large basket full of blankets.  There is also a GINORMOUS piece of thick glass that came with the house.  It’s so heavy I can’t even move it out.

On my to-do list is to convince husband to go through his drawers, flip the mattresses to staple the lining back in place on the box springs and finish sorting my clothes.  I believe it’ll take 30 minutes total to finish.

 

On a completely different topic –

Here is what I found at Aldi that I bought for my daughter.  This ball is 4 foot 3 inches tall when inflated and is super amazing.  (ad picture below).  We took it up to mom’s house and I let her play with it.  Super, super awesome.