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.
Clothes (Including Socks, Underwear, Jewelry, Accessories)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.