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Declutter Mission: Master Bedroom

Am I the only one who feels like a slob while lurking on blogs like IHeart Organizing & Honey We're Honey?  Their spaces look so organized, are beautifully decorated, but still maintain that lived in appeal.

Like I mentioned in this post, I'm working on tackling each room to minimize all of the junk we have.

Even though I did a lot of decluttering last year, it truly is an ongoing process.  You have to be willing to declutter at least every 3 months to keep everything in order.

I've decided to document my progress on the blog to embarrass myself into getting it together and hopefully inspire someone else to take a look at their bedroom drawers.

Warning: Get ready for a lot of brown and minimal decoration. I didn't stage the room at all. *Maybe I shoud have* lol


The next few pictures prove out of sight, out of mind is real.  It takes no time to toss items in a drawer and forget about them.

Nightstand top drawer


Duplicate camera batteries, tangled cords, an empty checkbook (only carbon copies) outdated business cards, soap nuts (I have no idea why these are in my nightstand because my laundry area is downstairs), and savings bonds that should probably be a safe deposit box.


Drawer #2 Random papers and overdue library books


Drawer #3-more overdue library books (see how not being organized is costing me money?), important papers (birth certificates, passports, the kids' journals, etc.)

Next up the armoire-----This part of the room is the most embarrassing


More outdated business cards, clothes we don't wear, and papers.

Plan of Action:

*Clean out nightstand

*move my nightstand back over by my bed and take the desk & chair out of the closet for the desktop computer

*Get rid of duplicate items such as phone & camera chargers, dried out pens, and other randomness

*Get rid of unnecessary papers

*Put the overdue library books near the front door for drop off

*Dust, vacuum, and wipe down the baseboards

The Results....

I didn't move the clutter from one part of the room/house to another (except for the soap nuts-I put those in the laundry closet & put the blanket in the linen closet).  What you see is what you get.  I trashed or donated everything I didn't need. I also folded up that basket of laundry. lol  I don't believe in organizing my junk (putting them in fancy containers) or saving items that I "may need later."


 I love having my nightstand back by the bed and my vision board at eye level-opposed to on the floor where it was before.


The nightstand....

Drawer #1


I used a rubber band to secure all the cords and a small plastic container from the kitchen for my calculator, book light, iPod, etc.

Drawer #2


The notebooks on the left are for the letters the kids and I write back and forth to each other.  I got this great idea from my friend,  Justburr.  On the right, I have my journal.

Drawer #3


EMPTY! Oh yeah :-)

The armoire


I turned it at an angle to help it flow better with the room. I also organized the important papers in white binders


Alvin seems be digging the new space.

Do you struggle with keeping everything organized?

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Lessons from a Water Gun

My chipmunks went to a birthday party last weekend and brought home some tiny water guns in the goodie bags.  After tossing out the mini bags of glitter, fake coins, and blow horns, we filled up the water guns and tested them out on each other in the front yard.

As we enjoyed the sun, cool water and laughter, Alvin suggested we purchase bigger Nerf water guns from Target.  His request made me think about how culturally we’re conditioned to get bigger and better, and how many of us are not taking the time to appreciate everything we already have.

Bigger isn't always better

As we stood in line waiting to refill our water guns (we had to do this quite often), we chatted about mosquitoes, school starting soon, and what I should cook for dinner.  If we had the bigger guns, this interaction wouldn't have played a role in our fun, as I know how my kids are. For instance, I know for a fact, based off past experiences, that they would play with the new water guns for a week, and then they would be either broken or misplaced.

No storage worries and saved a few dollars

We saved about $20 by not purchasing the new guns, but for me its much more than just savings, especially since I won’t have to think about where to store the water guns during the winter months.

I don't feel like I'm depriving my kids by not feeding into their desire for bigger and better.  From my perspective, even though the water guns are smaller, they’re still getting the same fun experience as other kids with their bigger water guns; just a more valuable lesson for when they get older is the important difference.

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