My spare bedroom was turned into Santa’s Workshop at Christmas and it was never turned back! No problem until Mom & Dad announce they are coming to visit this weekend and I only have 4 days spruce it up.
Disclosure: My mother actually told me a couple weeks ago that they were coming. I just didn’t put two & two together until… well… until it was just 4 days away and they were going to be here! Apparently, I need to look at a calendar more often.
So here is the disaster zone looking into the room:
And here it is looking out of the room:
Yeah, it is pretty bad. Just take a look at all the Christmas stuff that threw up all over the bed.
I followed the advice of A Slob Comes Clean and started with the easiest tasks first.
The very first thing I did was put away the ironing board. That instantly made the room feel more open. Then I did a quick sweep through the room and gathered up all the trash. Most of the things in this pile easily fit that category.
After gathering the trash I started with putting things away. I started with things that already had a home. The socks I got for free in a Christmas purchase were put in my sock drawer. (A shocking concept, I know!) The free hair product sample that came with another Christmas gift went into the bathroom along with the random clean towel. The stapler went to the office. I even found a Barnes & Nobels gift card!
I was able to make some good progress with out much effort. The hardest part for me about putting things away is trying to decide where their “home” should be. So starting with things that already had a clear home made it much easier for me to stay motivated.
I got slightly derailed when I had to find a home for the gift-bows that I acquired over Christmas. I already had a wonderful ribbon & bow organizing system, but it wasn’t big enough to accommodate all the new comers.
I spent about 30 minutes cleaning out some drawers in my bedroom. I had 3 drawers dedicated to candles and 2 dedicated to bows. Of the 3 candle drawers I was able to consolidate the contents all into the smallest of the drawers. Sadly, this wasn’t hard. I was keeping candles to burn “someday” from years ago. I actually threw out a partially burned candle that was a high school graduation gift. That was… ahem… 11 years ago.
Just 30 minutes later and I had a new organizational system for my bows:
- 1st drawer for neutral colored bows & ribbon
- 2nd drawer for colored bows & ribbon
- 3rd drawer for spooled ribbon
- 4th drawer for curly ribbon
The saddest part of the whole ribbon process was when I asked a girlfriend if black ribbon should go in the colored drawer or neutral drawer. Um… really?? She isn’t going to be the one looking for the ribbon! Clearly, my decision making skills are pathetic.
Now back to the room!
Thankfully most items in the room did have a place to live, I just had to put them there! After everything was picked up or thrown out, cleaning up was a breeze. I did a quick dusting, swept the carpet, changed the sheets and was done!
Doesn’t this bed look much more inviting now? 😀
There are still a few boxes hanging around, but they are mostly filled with photo albums. I’m nervous to store them in my attic because it gets so hot. Any advice on the best place to store photo albums?
Aren’t you proud of me, Mom? And I didn’t even need all 4 days after all!
This post is being linked to Spring Spruce Up, which is being hosted by 11 great bloggers. They are each sprucing up one area of their home this week. Click on over to find inspiration on tackling your craft room, garage, backyard, bathroom or any space in between!