We are back on track this Minimalist Monday! Last week, we were distracted with minimizing our storage clutter. But we pulled ourselves together and finished our bedroom in this week’s segment, (that we have so creatively titled) Minimalist Monday: Bedroom (Part II).
In case you are a new visitor, I’d like to reiterate the general guidelines that we use during our declutter sessions on Minimalist Monday. Now, it’s not necessary for these to be followed to a T, but they do help, especially in the beginning.
For those of you who have been following the Minimalist Monday posts, I’d like to apologize for being so repetitive with these guidelines. Although, a little reminder can be a good thing every now and then. I’d also like to remind everyone (myself included) that this is meant to reduce stress, not create it.
Now to get to those guidelines so that we can get started!
Thankfully, we were able to get through all of our clothes during the first bedroom decluttering session. That being said, there was still plenty to work through.
We started with our closet. Between the obnoxious amount of clothes and the fact that we had to try many things on in order to decide its fate (using these simple questions), we weren’t able to sort through much else during our first attempt. There was plenty to sort through, so we went ahead and pulled it all out.
We keep some storage and miscellaneous type boxes on a shelf above our clothes, along with our board games, making that an easy place to start. There were a lot of “We still have this?” and “Oh, I haven’t seen that in a while” comments, meaning that most of the stuff really had no…well, meaning.
On to the bottom portion of our closet, where we had some additional storage-type items, including our older than I could remember space heater, our kind-of still standing oscillating fan, and a full plastic drawer bin.
Needless to say, the space heater (which we haven’t used in years) and fan (which we were holding onto in case I somehow magically had the ability to fix it) went into their respective ‘get rid of’ piles. The drawers were sorted through, item by item, with great analysis of each.
Under the bed, we had several boxes. Each containing mostly useless or forgotten about stuff which we gladly added to our donate box. We did a quick re-evaluation of our shoes and slippers, just to be sure that we didn’t miss something in our previous walk through.
Throughout the room there were various papers that we added to a stack to sort through and scan once we had finished everything else. Most of the papers were easily marked as trash, and disposed of. The remaining papers were filed as necessary in our portable filing cabinet and we were able to rid ourselves of 95% of the random business cards that somehow accumulated in our room.
We now have a completely decluttered, minimalist sleeping quarters which will hopefully motivate us to work through the remainder of the house. There are plenty of areas that are hiding clutter and creating stress, which need to be dealt with. But that is for another time…
So how did your Minimalist Monday go? Were you able to complete a drawer? A desk? A room? Anything and everything is a step in the right direction, and a step towards the simple balance.