Hey, Nerdship! I hope spring is treating you well, or at least isn’t making your pretty faces swell up with allergic misery.
I am a recovering slob. It is well-known. I have been working on getting a handle on nearly every public area of my home. What about the private areas? My bedroom has been a cesspool of clutter and junk since forever. It’s gotten better since I started living on my own, but still, not that great. Before I cleaned it up, you could see the floor, but it was a huge mess on every surface. Clothes, books, papers, accessories… It was like a department store threw up in my bedroom.
Here, you can see the carnage on my vanity table, dresser, and a whole bunch of clothes and crap in the corner. Definitely required a closed door when company came over.
I always considered my bedroom a place that was private, so I didn’t give it the same attention as the rest of my house. Turns out, seeing the giant mess every morning when I woke up was pretty upsetting. I had been meaning to set aside time for cleaning up. I started by culling down my jewelry selection to a few versatile pieces and storing the rest, then making designated places for things like jewelry, hair accessories, and grooming supplies. I finally had enough of the giant mess in the corner a couple weeks ago during a laundry folding session, and started the process of killing the beast.
I started by folding all the laundry in baskets, then I found all our clothes hiding in the pile. We decided if: A) they still fit, B) we still liked them, and C) if they were clean or not. Unwanted stuff went to a cardboard box designated for donation, stuff that needed washing went to the hamper, clean stuff got put away. Out of season clothes went into a separate pile, to be stored shortly. I also took the opportunity to scrutinize my clothes already in the dresser and closet, as well as shoes.
After the clothes were figured out, I moved on to the odd boxes we had kicking around from our move. Things that obviously didn’t go in the bedroom got put where they belonged, paperwork either got shredded or filed, and trash got thrown away. Knick-knacks got dusted or put in the donate box, jewelry and accessories got returned to their spots. The floor got swept and mopped, the blinds and cobwebs got dusted. I put my plants outside to enjoy the springtime weather.
Whew! What a difference! 5 hours and 3.5 donation boxes later, I still can’t believe how much better it looks. It’s certainly not perfect, but I won’t be rushing to shut the door when the doorbell rings now. 😀
What are you all doing for spring cleaning? Are you a neat freak or a slob like me? Tell me all about your projects!