Think it’s impossible to transform your bedroom into a place you want to spend time in rather than just a place to sleep in only a week? I’m here to tell you that unless you’re a hoarder who has to climb over stuff to get to the bed, you can do it! This is the first week of the 28 Day Declutter Challenge and we’re going to start where we wake up every day…the bedroom.
Before we start you might want to download the free companion guide. Then gather a bag for trash, a bag or box for donations and get ready to begin!
Even if you’d like to change the decor, your bedroom should make you feel calm. When every flat surface is loaded with junk and there are clothes everywhere it’s difficult to find tranquility. This week we’re going to fix that.
First things first: If you’re not in the habit of doing so, make your bed today and continue to do it throughout the challenge and hopefully beyond. A made bed can be an oasis in a room full of stuff, plus it will be helpful later on in the week when you’re sorting through your closets.
Second things second: If you share your bedroom you need to decide whether to deal with your partner’s things as well as your own. I lean towards leaving Rick’s stuff to Rick in terms of his clothes and his personal items. If that’s not desireable for you, then you’ll need to budget more time for this week’s tasks.
Depending on where you are in your decluttering journey, most of the tasks should take you less than a half hour. Sorting through the clothes may take the longest, feel free to do it over several days if necessary. Don’t make the mistake of pulling them all out of the closet thinking you’ll be able to go through them rapidly. You might end up with a bigger mess than when you started! Ask me how I know…
Be ruthless when sorting through your clothes, shoes and purses. If you haven’t worn them in a year let them go. If they don’t fit let them go. You’ll free up space in your closet and if you find you need something later on, you can indulge in a little shopping to replace it.
As you finish each day’s task, immediately remove the trash and donated items from the room. Put the donation box in the car so you can easily drop it off.
At the end of the week, when you’ve finished dusting and vacuuming your bedroom will once again be a comfortable, tranquil space that invites a calm mind and a good night’s rest.
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