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Spring Cleaning Series – Cleaning Out the Bedroom

April 13, 2017
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The long awaited Spring Cleaning Series is here and the first step is cleaning out the bedroom.  I find that the bedroom is easiest to start with.  If you recall my 5 simple steps for a clean home, you will remember that every object needs to have a home of its own.  I recommend you take a look at that post before we start cleaning out the bedroom.

In order to find homes for everything, we need to reduce what we have in the bedroom to only the stuff that will fit in the bedroom.  Are you ready to tackle cleaning out the bedroom?

Things You Need to Toss

Clothes are the easiest to sort through, but in order to do so properly, we need to take everything out into a huge pile.  For the sake of this post, I am assuming you have never done a proper clean out before, but this is vital to know exactly how much clothes you are hoarding and see how much space you have to work with.

I have three dresser drawers for my own use, plus two closet areas I share with my husband. The piles of all my clothes filled every inch of floor space in my living room.  I could not believe how much clothes I had stuffed away.  And everyday I struggled with the classic “I have nothing to wear” issue.

The issue wasn’t that I didn’t have anything appropriate to wear.  The issue was that I had so many clothes, I could never find anything to wear.  If you ever gave your toddler too many choices and saw her struggle, you understand.  Having too many choices is not always a good thing.

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Donate the clothes you will no longer wear.

Clothes (Including Socks, Underwear, Jewelry, Accessories)

  1. Toss out anything that is unwearable.  Clothes that show serious signs of wear like holes, tears, and rips should be tossed (or donated for fabric).  Take out any clothes that don’t fit you or things that are “out of style” such that you no longer wish to wear them.  I don’t believe in following trends, so I refer to “out of style” based on your feelings towards the item.
  2. Try to reduce multiples.  If you have four pairs of winter gloves, reduce down to one or two.  Have a ton of scarves or belts?  Reduce those to the ones you really love.  You don’t need 15 pairs of pants.  Reduce, reduce, reduce.  Remember, the less you have, the easier it is to maintain a clean room.
  3. Don’t accept hand-me-downs.  I don’t know if it’s just me, but even as an adult, my mom continues to try and give me clothes that she bought or received that don’t fit her right.  Her excuse, “Look, it looks so much better on you because you are tall,” while in reality these clothes are not my style.  Not something I’d wear.  Not what I want hanging around in my closet.  Save yourself the trouble and do not accept these clothes.  They will just sit and take up precious space in your closet.
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The books you planned on reading, but haven’t yet…will not get read. Donate them.

Books, DVDs, CDs

So, this category may be more relevant to your living room, but I actually have a closet full of shelves and I kept my collection of books, DVDs, CDs, cassette tapes, and video tapes there.  This held everything that I collected since high school.  If you’re really motivated, you can find ways to transfer the data from DVDs, CDs, cassette tapes, and video tapes into digital media and store it on a cloud or hard disk drive.  Now, pick out the stuff you know you will never use again and recycle or donate them.

  1. For books, these would be textbooks and English literature.  Get rid of any magazines that you no longer look at.  From what you have left, keep only the ones that you really enjoy or hold good memories for you, because the books that you plan on reading someday will most likely not get read.  If you do need to read it, you can find a copy at your library or obtain an e-book version.
  2. For DVDs, keep only the ones that you really enjoy or have good memories of.  If you ever need to watch something again, it’s easy to find again through the library system or streaming contents.
  3. For CDs, keep the ones that still play well and you really can’t let go of.  Disc quality actually deteriorates so a CD is not forever.  Isn’t that sad?  Make digital back up copies as soon as you can.  Remember, your goal in all this cleaning out is to have as less stuff as possible.
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Hoarding makeup is a bad idea. These expire after a set time.

Make Up

  1. Makeup has expiration dates that start from the day you first open and use a product.  Once expired, they should be tossed.  That said, I actually don’t do this.  Instead, I make sure to toss products that can’t be used anymore, like dried up mascara.
  2. Try not to hoard up a stash with makeup.  You don’t need four different mascaras.  Get rid of lipstick colors you never wear.  You don’t need all the different makeup brushes.  There’s about three or four kinds of brushes you really need and can use to apply all your products well.

I feel like these three areas cover the majority of stuff in the bedroom, but I don’t claim that it’s a comprehensive list.  What other category of stuff do you need help sorting through?  Let me know in the comments and I’ll be sure to include them in addition to the list for the next room, the bathroom.

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The next post in the Spring Cleaning Series will be tackling organization of the bedroom.  Once you’ve reduced the number of stuff in the bedroom, I will give you tips on how to organize everything so that each item has its own home within the confines of your bedroom.  It will feel overwhelming at first, but it is satisfying when you reach the end.  Sign up for Her Life Is Love newsletter to stay up to date with each post as well as receive my personal themed newsletter that includes more fabulous ideas and information.

  • Lucy At Home

    Oh I’m a terrible hoarder. I get it from my grandmother – we both attribute sentimental value to EVERYTHING so it’s really hard to throw anything away! But I definitely agree that the house is so much nicer when it’s not cluttered. Since we moved house last year, I’ve been really strict at throwing things away (or donating them) when I buy something new.

    I love that you’ve suggested donating things – it makes a huge difference to families who can’t afford to buy new, when they can go to a charity shop and find some nice items. I love being able to donate clothes in this way 🙂 #blogcrush

    • Paula

      Hi Lucy, I also was a hoarder…I kept a lot of stuff from grade school that I hadn’t looked at in years! Going through it all was a huge trip down memory lane, but it was a necessary step to have the clean and organized home I always wanted.

  • Mummy Lauretta

    Great post and brilliant tips, our bedroom is full to the brim and is in desperate need of sorting 🙂 #KCACOLS

  • Under my bed is where I haven’t tackled yet. From storage boxes to miscellaneous, I fear there may be things from 1998 hiding under there.

  • I also have a linen closet in my master bathroom with sheets I KNOW I should part with. But, I keep thinking, “What if?” Well, what if hasn’t happened for years and years so I should let those yellow jersey sheets go, I think!

    #globalblogging

    • Paula

      Yes, you should! Donate them if possible, so another family can make use of them! And if you ever come to a time when you need new sheets, great excuse to buy new ones that you will be happy to use, not just store in the linen closet 😉

  • Slowly but surely am starting the spring purge! Thanks for linking up to #globalblogging

  • Such an excellent post and very relevant to my current situation. I’m the Queen of Hoarding stuff I don’t need. From letters to clothes, make up and things my Son no longer needs I found this tips great. Thanks for sharing x #KCACOLS

  • aimz18

    I do gather clothes I am given but will never wear and make up which is crazy old, or ones I tried but didn’t like or that I love but are really and truly run out but I don’t want to throw out…I’m terrible! #kcacols

    • Paula

      Well, sounds like you’re halfway there! I hope you are able to take the next step and donate/toss. It’s a great feeling to know you have rid yourself of unnecessary items.

  • I’ve been looking forward to this! Some great advice here. You’re so right, we don’t need 15 pairs of pants! Since minimalising my wardrobe about a year ago I’ve never once had any trouble deciding what to wear. Funny, isn’t it! Your analogy to a toddler is spot on tho! Thanks for linking up with #GlobalBlogging again. Look forward to next week’s instalment! X

    • Paula

      Thanks, Lucy! I hope you enjoy the next ones!

  • I would never normally class myself as a hoarder but reading this post has made me realise I may very well be a hoarder in denial! I’ve been meaning to spring clean my wardrobe for months as for my sizeable collection of unused lipstick…#KCACOLS

  • Daydreamer mum

    I feel I’ve discovered your blog at exactly the right time as I’ve given myself an end of month deadline to declutter this house #ablogginggoodtime

  • I’m about to move house and I see it as the ultimate spring clean! Great series, I love it. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday.

  • Some great tips here! We are in the process of renovating, which means all cleaning has been put on the back burner. Can’t wait to be back to normal + do a good spring clean! Although with the way the work is going, it will probably won’t be possible until spring 2018!!! #KCACOLS

    • Paula

      That’s exciting! I hope all the renovation work turns out beautifully!

  • Emma and Family

    Love this! I’ve just started my spring cleaning and the bedroom is the last on my list because it is one the the biggest tasks! You have motivated me 🙂 #KCACOLS

  • Another great idea for spring cleaning
    Thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime and don’t forget to join us again this week!

  • aliduke79hotmailcom

    I definitely need to sort through my clothes, I am sure I could get rid of a few things.
    #KCACOLS

  • madelinelittlejohns

    There are some fab tips here! I went through my clothes about a year ago and it was strangely liberating! I used the KonMarie approach, and got rid of all sorts of things that didn’t bring me joy any more. x #KCACOLS

    • Paula

      I like the KonMarie approach, too! However, I couldn’t agree with some of her points as a family home with a toddler 😅 I did learn some new ideas from her though 🤗

  • Great tips here! I did a big sort out last year, but I think I could be more ruthless! I might have another look #kcacols

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