Since the beginning of the year when I planned out this whole list of decluttering tasks I knew that this week I would take on the drawers for the little boys. Why? Because their sock drawer was ridiculous. Last spring we kept pulling out infant socks. As in itty bitty newborn socks. Um, they were two and a half. But being the true procrastinator I am I put off the task until this week. Obviously.Read More
Don't try and declutter kid spaces with kids around. Every single item becomes their most prized possession and they will never, ever, ever, want to part with it. You must do these jobs stealthily until they can understand that it's okay to let unneeded items go. Watching you declutter your items can be a way to demonstrate this but don't try and include them in their own unless you are ready to hear story after story of how special that ripped hat is to them. Seriously. Multiple stories on a broken cowboy hat. Just tackle it yourself.Read More
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How crazy was under your bed? Tidy and organized or filled with dust bunnies and lost items? I still can't believe my space was filled with Christmas magazines! That means those had been chilling in that spot for over four months. Man my slob vision is terrible sometimes. But now it's clean and empty and I'm ready to move on.
If you are just joining us, here's the deal:
I still had this mindset of decluttering being a big ol’ chore up until a few months ago when I read this fantastic post from Nony at A Slob Comes Clean. It was like a huge light went off in my brain! Decluttering is simply the act of getting rid of what doesn't belong, isn't needed, or belongs in the trash. It doesn’t mean buying a whole slew of new bins for your things to go in or coming up with some type of system that you hope will change your life - that’s organizing. It’s a whole different ball game. Right now, I’m in the game of decluttering. I just want things GONE.
When there’s less stuff, especially less of what has no purpose in your home anymore, organizing can often happen naturally. You won’t be cramming thirty towels into the closet because you only need ten and they fit nicely. You don’t need to dig through a tub of medicines to find what you need only to keep coming across bottles that are long since expired.
Here’s my challenge: Each week, take on ONE area of your home. I’ve already made the list for you so that part is done. Go to the area, throw away trash, put items that you no longer need but are still in good condition into a donation box, and put other items where they belong. Simple!
Week 17: Master Bedroom Dresser Tops
Why is it so darn easy to pile things on top of flat surfaces like dressers and then ignore the piles? I'm growing to hate flat surfaces because of how easily they attract clutter. That desk I cleaned off a few weeks ago for kitchen surfaces? I have attacked it at least twice since then and a few days later I can't even tell. And the ledge from week two? While it's significantly better than it ever has been long term I still find it collecting items like ripped books that need tape, small toys we've confiscated from the kids, and other random trinkets looking for a home. Constant upkeep!
And dresser tops are no different. Look at these. Mine on the left and Micah's on the right.
So much stuff. Mostly things that we have no idea what to do with or where to put so they get set here for a later date... that never comes.
First went the garbage and the items I knew for sure could be donated. I was slightly emotional getting rid of that chalkboard because we used it for weekly pictures for three out of the five kids. But I have chalkboards in the kitchen now for practicing letters and numbers so no need to hang on to this one.
Clothes went to their appropriate drawers (which I then need to deal with next week), yarn into the yarn bag, lamp to a new home (Mercedes room), and more garbage thrown away.
Micah's dresser was mostly clothes. All the ties, minus the one from our wedding, went into the donation box. He does not wear ties. A few other clothing items found their way to the box as well. That red collapsible bin went bye-bye because it was filled with Disney Infinity figures that we aren't keeping. We found a home for the iron on the closet shelves along with the book.
They are like brand new dressers! The Wolverine mask is still on Micah's dresser because the Halloween stuff is in storage and this mask started breaking when it was in the bin last time. Kids get a little crazy and destructive around costumes. But it's simply better. Period. I can feel the calmer environment when I walk in the door and every surface isn't piled with junk. Ahhh, breathe it in.
What did you find to clean off your dressers today? Have you been able to donate, sell, or trash what you no longer want?
Share a picture in the comments or on social media with the hashtag #clutterbusterchallenge of what you found to declutter.
Come back next week for week 18 of the Clutter Buster Challenge to go through your dresser drawers. This could be a large task or it might go quite quickly depending on the amount of clothing you own. I really encourage you to be a little on the ruthless side for this task!