I’m decluttering and organizing The Master Bedroom this month as part of my Love By Decluttering project. And I’m so thankful that Laura from I’m an Organizing Junkie is doing a 29 Day Organizing Challenge this month, too!
I started out the project by procrastinating for several days. Great start, eh?
Then I realized that I really needed to get moving and do something. Anything. Just start.
It really helped knowing that I told all of you that I was going to do this project and that there are deadlines in Org Junkie’s 29 Day Organizing Challenge. Laura is one smart lady.
So I set the timer for 15 minutes. This is something that I have learned works well for me. It’s not overwhelming. I can do something to help that room for 15 minutes.
I decided to start with the mega pile on my side of the bed.
I moved 2 laundry baskets with Anna’s clothes to her room, and I started picking up the rest of the clothes that were in the pile and putting them in one of these places:
- Dirty laundry pile
- In the closet (Brilliant, I know)
- Give away or sell bag
- A pile to go to the kids’ rooms
When the time was up, I wanted to keep going, so I reset the timer. And this is how I’ve been working over the last few days. I find a 15 min. slot and set the timer. Sometimes when it goes off I just keep working.
When you look at the before pictures
of my mega clutter pile, it looks like my main problem is clothes. Not entirely. Here’s what was under the clothes:
There’s a lot of paper clutter there, mixed with a bit of other miscellaneous clutter. Not paper clutter again! Grr.
After I took this picture, I moved one already-sorted paper clutter box next to the desk (not in the bedroom), a recycle box moved outside (Yay!), and a shred box moved next to our broken shredder in the kitchen (hmm…).
As I was working, I put aside some other things that did not belong in my bedroom. Here’s a picture of some of the things I found:
The Free box is left over from our yard sale. Then we have old balloons, toys, snacks, school papers, and a small stick.
I cleaned and decluttered this exact space 11 months ago
. So now that I see what has piled up in that spot over the last 11 months, I can work on analyzing the situation.
What has been working in the closet area
- Hanging up clothes on hangers. For some reason, I’m pretty good at this.
- Organizing the clothes by type and color. I really like the look of it, which matters when you have an open closet. Also, I’ve been able to keep up with it fairly well.
- I like those shoe racks/shelves. As long as I don’t block them with clutter, they work well.
What isn’t working? What are the problems and possible solutions?
Problem #1: Using the master bedroom to hide clutter from around the house.
Possible Solution: The only thing I can think of is get rid of all of the clutter and keep up with maintenance so that I have nothing to hide. That is a solution over time, and one that will take a while to implement. Maybe some of you have another idea to add?
Problem #2: Laundry baskets with clean laundry
Possible Solution: Keep up with putting laundry away as I do the laundry. Remind/help the kids to put away laundry. Maybe I don’t go to bed until the laundry is put away?
Problem #3: Clothes that have been worn, but aren’t actually dirty and could be worn again (e.g. sweaters or jeans). That was what most of the clothes in the pile were. Either that, or clothes I tried on, but then decided to wear something else that day. And a few of the “I’m too tired to do anything but throw these clothes in this pile as I fall into bed.”
Possible Solution: No more limbo-land. I must make a choice. It’s clean or it’s dirty. Either put it away or put it in the laundry pile. I’m actually really happy with this idea! Why didn’t I think of it before?
I’ll be back next Friday with Update #2!
How are your decluttering projects going? Do you have any ideas or insights for me?
I’m excited to be linking up with the 29 Day Organizational Challenge over at Org Junkie!