It was a Saturday in January and I asked Nate if I could have some alone time to work on cleaning up our bedroom. My neat-freak husband responded, “I’ve been waiting my whole life to hear you say that.”
The bedroom wasn’t that bad, but we tend to have a flair for the dramatic in our house.
The bulk of the mess was concentrated in the space by the window and ironing board.
The first thing I did was put away two baskets of clean laundry. I never put away laundry on the same day I wash it. I don’t think I ever put away laundry the day after I wash it. My laundry baskets seem to have a required 3 day minimum waiting period before they are allowed to be emptied.
The laundry was the easy part. This basket was the part I was dreading.
This was my “Birthday Party Basket.” I was hosting a birthday party and grabbed this basket to collect all the clutter from around the house.
Who’s birthday? I was hoping you wouldn’t ask…
I gathered all this clutter before Grace’s birthday… *ahem* in September.
The logical guess would be that I don’t need anything in this basket since it had been sitting there untouched for nearly 4 months. Wrong.
The best thing that came out of my bedroom clean up was finding this night light in my “Birthday Party Basket.” This is the night light we use in our bathroom, which has no windows. It is super dark in there in the middle of the night. Sadly, I visit the bathroom in the middle of the night on a regular basis since my little one likes to wake me up. every. single. night.
After I put away all the laundry, birthday party clutter, and other odds and ends, I gave the bedroom a good cleaning. I dusted, vacuumed, and washed the baseboards. It felt amazing to have such a clean bedroom!
Ready for the after photo? DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!!
The good news is that except for some laundry (don’t judge me!) our room still looks like this a month later! Whoo-hoo!
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Do your laundry baskets have a waiting period on them before they can be emptied?
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