Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Tidy Home Tuesday: Week 6 - The Master Bedroom

This week's assignment is The Master Bedroom.

Thankfully, our bedroom isn't too messy so this week's challenge won't be too hard!  I try to reasonably keep up with the clutter and mess in our bedroom because I hate going to sleep and waking up in a messy room!  I feel like your bedroom should be a relaxing place and I don't want to walk in, ready for bed, and then get frustrated and stressed because I have to kick things out of the way just to get in bed. 

I try to start my day out by making the bed every day.  It's really a great thing to do because it makes the room feel instantly cleaner and more put together AND if you do it as soon as possible in the day, it's something you can always get accomplished and make yourself feel at least a little productive - even if the rest of the day happens to fall apart! 

I also find that it keeps the sheets and blankets neater.  I'm not sure if this happens to everyone else, but our sheets constantly come untucked and our blankets are all over the place after a night of sleep.  If I make the bed every morning it keeps the sheets better tucked in and the blankets are already pulled back onto the bed so they're ready when we go to bed at night.   

Let's get started!

Here's what our bedroom looked like before I touched anything.  This was taken on a particularly messy day:

Step 1:  De-clutter

Everything needs a home.  Pick up dirty clothes off the floor and put them in the hamper, shoes go in the closet, old glasses belong in the dishwasher, and of course the baby swing that hasn't been used in months needs to be moved to "storage" (storage right now is the overflowing garage, but luckily that's not my department!).  My husband is guilty of throwing clothes everywhere.  I'm guilty of throwing them on the wicker chest next to the bed and we both hoard water glasses to the point where sometimes we end up with all of our glasses in the bedroom and no clean ones to use ::blushes::

Step 2:  Clean

Dust and vacuum.  Anyone have a suggestion on how to dust lampshades?  The lampshades in our bedroom get sooo dusty, but when I try to dust them is seems like it just moves the dust around and actually makes it look worse :-/

Change the sheets.

Do laundry if your hamper(s) are now overflowing! 

And after!

It's not perfect (i.e. the Christmas gifts that need a home, and the pile of clothes on both The Husband's side, and on the trunk on my side), but it's much improved, I think!

Side note:  Does anyone else have piles of clothes that they're going to re-wear?  What the heck do you do with them?  We can't be the only ones.  I have things that I only wear for a short time because I'm leaving the house and then I come back home and put on something comfier and Mark spends all day in work clothes and then comes home and changes into something for a few hours.  The clothes aren't ready for the hamper, but I don't want to re-fold them and put them back in with clean stuff, so... what's your solution?  Where do you put your clothes that are to be re-worn before they're ready to be washed? 

My goals for keeping our bedroom clean and tidy:

Daily: Put things in their place, especially clothes!  Make the bed.  Take water glasses from the night before to the kitchen so they can be put in the dishwasher. 

Bi-weekly:  Change the sheets.

Monthly:  Vacuum and dust. 

Let's see your Master Bedrooms! 

You have until next Tuesday, January 11th to complete the assignment and blog about it (feel free to right click and save my "Tidy Home Tuesday" graphic to use in your post!). Come back to this post and link up to your post. If you don't have a blog just leave a message in the comments about your progress!

Next week will be my last installment of the Tidy Home Project because I only have one more room left to tackle: The Nursery!  Having a small house is beneficial in a whole home cleaning and organizing challenge!


  1. For your lampshades - I have good luck using the little brush attachment on my vaccuum hose. It sucks up the dust without just smearing it in the fabric.

    As for not-that-dirty clothes storage...I thought that's what the floor was for? Actually, now that I think about it, I tend to hand stuff on my closet door knobs. Maybe some hooks somewhere would work?

  2. For the lampshades, I vacuum. For the clothes, I fold them and hang them on a chair usually.

  3. lamshade - sticky lint brush. Works like magic.

  4. A man's valet stand! My guy changes clothes when he gets home from the office, so he always has jeans and a flannel shirt or two that he's worn but they ain't dirty yet. Look them up on Amazon, "man's valet stand". Ours is old and the hanger is no longer a part of it, but it works great for his jeans and shirt and shoes and hat! Before his clothes were always thrown on my dresser or on the bed and it was so annoying!


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