Bedroom Mission #4: The finishing touches!

Filed under: Bedrooms,Monthly Missions — Colleen at 9:06 am on Wednesday, March 25, 2009

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We’re concluding this month by completing the finishing touches in our bedrooms. When it comes to organizing bedrooms, this is the “fun stuff”. Here are some suggestions:

1. Make your bed. Clear off the surfaces of your furniture and place the contents on your bed. Dust your furniture. Now decorate these surfaces with only the items you really like, trying minimize your knick-knacks. Donate what is left over or try to use them in another room.

2. Dedicate a small drawer or basket for dumping the contents of your pockets each day. (This is an especially great idea for men). When the drawer or basket starts to fill, it’s time to go through it!

3. Go through your jewelry. Keep only what you like. Make any necessary repairs. Consider storing your jewelry in a shallow drawer. Use jewelry organizers like this or make your own using ice cube trays and drawer dividers from the dollar store. If you’re short on drawer space, then hang it up! I love hanging my jewelry in a hanging organizer like this one.

4. Consider rearranging your furniture or adding some decorative touches such as updating photo frames, getting some accent pillows, or using some scented relaxation candles to help you enjoy your new space!

5. Finally, if you have any other special projects that you’ve been meaning to get to in any of your bedrooms, go ahead and get them started!

Don’t forget to try to complete the finishing touches on as many of your bedrooms that your time allows!

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Before/After: Playroom/Bedroom

Filed under: Bedrooms,Before/After,Kids — Colleen at 1:43 pm on Thursday, March 19, 2009

Does this look familiar?  Three young children share this bedroom/playroom.   In just four hours, the client and I were able to transform this room and even sort a large collection of toys being stored.  We filled my van with donation items and moving toys with small pieces to an area where the mother can regulate these toys.  Here are the fantastic results:

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Before:                             After:
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Cool Product Alert: Easy Closet Solutions!

Filed under: Cool Products! — Colleen at 12:23 pm on Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Hanging shoe and sweater organizers are great for adults and children.

I love using canvas hanging shoe organizers to make dressing my children a snap. I simply place an outfit in each cubby, then my child selects an outfit to wear. (So far, these cubbies have been big enough to house up to size 5T without any problems). My kids no longer try to dress themselves in outfits that don’t match. And my husband (who openly admits he doesn’t know how to match girl outfits) now has no problem helping me get the kids dressed! You’ll also no longer have a laundry crisis because you’ll know when it is time to get to the laundry when you see most of the cubbies empty!
Whitney Design 01822 10-Pocket Canvas Hanging Shoe Bag These are the organizers I use to store outfits for my children.

Whitney Design 01822-2 10-Pocket Double Canvas Hanging Shoe Bag -This size organizer is great for a child’s closet

Whitney Design 01822-3 Hanging Canvas Shoe and Sweater Bag This organizer holds sweaters and shoes!

Whitney Design 01812 6-Shelf Canvas Sweater Organizer Here’s a larger cubby organizer sized for sweaters.

Bedroom Mission #3: Dig through your drawers!

Filed under: Bedrooms,Monthly Missions — Colleen at 10:50 am on Wednesday, March 18, 2009

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475062_laundry.jpgDoes your bedroom furniture look pretty—only if the drawers are closed? Or maybe when you open your drawers they look okay, but you still just can’t seem to find what you are looking for? This week we’re going to stop using our drawers to “hide” our belongings and start using them to “find” them.

Here’s the plan:

  1. Start by making your bed so you have a clear surface.
  2. Starting with your clothing drawers, empty one drawer at a time and sort the items into piles (i.e. pants, shirts, work-out clothes, pajamas, underwear, etc). As yourself: “Do I like this?” , “Do I wear this?” , “Do I need this?” . If the answer is “No”, it is time to say “goodbye” to the item.
  3. After sorting through your clothing, ask yourself if the item has a better home than inside your dresser. Perhaps the item is seasonal and could be stored in long term storage, or the item would be better off hung up in your closet.
  4. Now assess your drawer space. Place the items you use most frequently into the drawers that are the most accessible. Use awkward spaces to store less used items, such as purses.
  5. Consider using drawer organizers to eliminate “digging”. Try this sock organizer or make your own by using the bottle divider insert from beer/liquor boxes. Use what you have! Grab a shoe box to hold all your pantyhose, freeing up the remainder of your drawer for other items.
  6. Think outside the box. Just because you’ve kept your underwear in the same drawer for 15 years doesn’t mean that it has to stay in the same drawer. Store it in the drawer that make sense according to the size and location of the drawer. You can always temporarily label your drawers until you remember where everything goes!
  7. After you finish with your clothing, move on to any junk drawers, bookcases and other storage areas in your room. Sort & purge.
  8. Repeat this process in as many bedrooms in your home as your time allows.

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Bedroom Mission #2: A Happy Closet!

Filed under: Bedrooms,Monthly Missions — Colleen at 8:11 am on Thursday, March 12, 2009

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Are you making the most of your closet space? This week, we’ll wrestle with what you’ve been hiding in your bedroom closets and maximize this prime real estate space.

Closets have limited space. Yet we frequently tend to use closets to store our denial, regret, or guilt.

1. Denial. Yes, there was a time that you looked awesome in those pants. But that was before you had your 2 children and during a time when they were in style. Let them go! Yes, you can hope that you’ll be that size again, but why make yourself stare at your old sizes every time you open the closet. Get rid of anything that doesn’t fit and isn’t likely to be fashionable the next time you can squeeze into them. It’s okay to keep some smaller classics, but box them up and put them into long term storage for now.

2. Guilt. Okay, so somebody gave you that blouse as a gift. You didn’t like it when you opened it up, and you sure don’t like it hanging in your closet. What were they thinking? When they purchased the shirt with all that “bling”, did they think you dressed like that or did they think that you should? It’s time to get rid of those things that just aren’t “you” to make room for your flattering favorites.

3. Regret. The outfit wasn’t on sale when you bought it, but you just had to have it. After wearing it once, you realize it’s not as flattering as in the store, and you have pictures to confirm it. You don’t want to wear it again, but you know you haven’t gotten your money’s worth. Admit the mistake now, part with the purchase, and commit to being a more conscientious shopper in the future.

After disposing your denial, guilt, and regret, start organizing what remains. Here are some tips:

  • Put like items together.
  • If you’re short on space, pack up your seasonal clothing for long term storage and start breaking out some of your fall collection.
  • Get rid of stained and damaged clothing or make the necessary repairs.
  • Use your highest shelves to house infrequently used items.
  • Consider adding a second clothing rod to double your hanging storage.
  • Be creative! Over the door shoe clear organizers are great for your child’s closet. Use them to store socks, stockings, hair accessories, scarves, and of course, shoes.
  • Make sure everything you’re storing really “belongs” in a bedroom closet. Maybe you could find the item a better home in another room!

See how many of your bedroom closets you can organize this week!

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Bedroom Mission #1: Straighten your rooms!

Filed under: Bedrooms,Monthly Missions — Colleen at 1:56 pm on Wednesday, March 4, 2009

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This week spend time just straightening up your bedrooms. Put away everything that already has a home. Also put away everything that doesn’t belong in your bedrooms (i.e. take that snack plate down to the kitchen, return those overdue library books and videos, bring the papers on your dresser down to be filed, etc). Don’t worry about what is lurking in your closet and drawers, we’ll get to that! Just focus this week on your floor, under your bed, and your furniture surfaces.

Suggestions:

  • Here’s great way to straighten your bedroom. Start by making your bed. Then put everything that needs to be put away on your bed. Put on some fun music. (Avoid putting on a movie, it may suck you in and distract you!) Now put everything away. If you want to get to bed tonight, you’ll be motivated to finish!

  • If you are overwhelmed by your clutter, declutter your floor and furniture surfaces by putting your homeless stuff into empty laundry baskets. Try to empty one of these “clutter baskets every day. Once you get one bedroom finished, move on to the next.

  • Remember, your goal is to make your bedroom a haven for relaxation! Don’t keep anything in your room that doesn’t foster relaxation. That means, if you keep your bills or work in your bedroom, find another home for them!

  • If you’ve got lots of clutter in every bedroom, it’s OK to just focus on one bedroom this month. Or if your other bedrooms have capable occupants, challenge them to complete each week’s task with you!

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Are you motivated by this mission or have a great organizing idea that works for you? Leave a comment to inspire others!