Let us continue with our ‘Stay Home Ideas’ during this quarantine period, shall we? After prepping the balcony for spring and cleaning out the bookshelf, it is time to move on to a new room: today I am sharing a few tips with you that helped me cleaning out the bedroom. Most of us know the situation: Hangers and hangers full of clothes, piles of bedlinen, towels, cushions, blankets. But when was the last time you wore that shirt or used that blanket or bedlinen? Oh well, I could not answer those questions in many cases. So the only answer was: toss, toss, toss.
But I know, it is not always easy to let go of those perfectly fine clothes, the almost new bedlinen, the soft blankets and cushions. However you will feel much better once you get that surplus weight out of your bedroom. At least I do now. So let me share just a few tips that helped me clean out the bedroom:
– Structure the workload: Don’t overwhelm yourself with a huge task like cleaning out the entire bedroom in one day. Chances are you will procrastinate all the time as it is quite a dreary task. Instead see it as a step-by-step process. Divide the workload in manageable pieces and work them off day by day (define your own rhythm).
– Avoid trying clothes on: Oh my, that shirt. And those trousers. Maybe I could wear those again. Let’s try them. Nope! Don’t! This will give you second thoughts and chances are you will decide to keep them for that special day – the day that will never come, let’s be honest! Do you remember the last time you wore that piece of clothes? No? Time to go! Bye bye birdie!
– Get rid of the things immediately: Once you started cleaning out, you will end up with piles and bags of old clothes, bedding, cushions. Truth be told, I am equally stressed out by those piles lining my hallway and waiting to be removed. Get rid of everything as soon as you cleaned it out. Less clogging and you will not be tempted to go again through the piles and have a second thought about this or that shirt.
– Don’t bin, donate: I bet most of the clothes and home textiles that you will clean out are in perfectly good shape. It is the case here at least. If your things are fine and clean, put them in big bags and donate those – we have containers for second hand clothes and home textiles here. Also there are welfare shops for people with lower income who are happy to accept clothes and home textiles. Donate, do not bin unless it is torn and not nice anymore.
– Rearrange your wardrobe: Once you cleaned out the wardrobe, rearrange it by type of clothes and/or colors. This will help you notice if you still have a surplus of blue shirts, striped T-shirts, blue jeans etc. Same accounts for bedlinen, towels, blankets and other home textiles. If there is still a surplus, plan a second round of cleaning out. That can happen on a different day, but continue until you feel you really keep those things that you really use and need.
These are just a few simple clean out tips for the bedroom. I am no Marie Kondo and I am no minimalist, but I think every now and then it is time to let go of the surplus things we accumulate over time. It will breathe in new life into your home, make your bedroom airier, fresher and better. You will also feel relieved, energized and maybe we will all turn a bit more conscious for our next shopping decisions. Fingers crossed!
I hope this inspires you to give it a try and clean out your bedroom and wardrobe too. Have you started or accomplished any ‘Stay at Home’ idea so far? Let me know in the comments!
Photography by Igor Josifovic