~ If you read this post, please do not pass judgment on the "before" picture. When I began this blog, I knew part of it was to share my journey of getting my home in order. If clutter makes you cringe, you can just pass on this post.~
Our bedroom has become a cluttered, dusty place. It is not comforting and certainly not a haven. It has been ages since I could have someone in the bedroom and not be ashamed. (I actually denied my friend's baby a nap in my bedroom last year. He did nap, just not in the "peace and clutter" of my bedroom since there was no room for the Pack 'n' Play.) Don't believe me? I'm cringing at the thought, but will share a (small) picture.
I knew the job would be BIG. I also knew that I wanted it completed in one effort, not little scraps of time here and there. Saturday morning I woke up and somehow (thank you, God!) was in a very rare cleaning mood. I began by cleaning the kids' bathroom and folding some laundry. After my shower and breakfast, I dressed in sweats with the anticipation of getting dirty/dusty as I cleaned. Having my husband's blessing (with the two Big Kids and often-fussy-baby to care for), I got right to work with a (not great, but the only one available) book on CD. After hours and hours of cleaning, our master bedroom is CLEAN.
These pictures are honest pictures. See the laundry basket and boxes? I knew I could quickly remove them for a better picture, but that is where their new homes are, so I want them in the picture.
In this first picture, you can see the uncluttered dresser. That is a three-bin hamper. (LOVE it!) The night stand does not fit beside the bed. (I am considering moving it to the basement since it does not have a real function in the bedroom.) All that other stuff has either found a new home or is in the process of being donated. You may have noticed that I switched the location of the hamper and nightstand. My thought is when you walk in the room, it is nicer to have the nightstand greet us than the hamper.
I put the laundry basket on the nightstand, partially to keep the nightstand from being a horizontal collecting surface. The other reason was to keep the floor tidy.
Below is our king-sized bed, which is the reason I can't have a real nightstand. There is a doorway (to the bathroom) just to the right of the bed and a window just to the left. I cannot turn the nightstand sideways, because it would cover the only heating/cooling vent for the room. I need a place for my glasses, clock, light, and books so a stand of some sort is needed. We happened to have an old end table of dark wood, so that works for us. We actually do have matching lamps, but I prefer a touch lamp on my side of the bed. I used to have a prettier, more feminine one, but that went to the baby's room. Now I use the Penn State lamp. The books, lotions, and clocks may look like clutter, but it's there to stay because we use them each daily. The bed may not look pretty, but I have determined extra pillows for the sake of "pretty" is not me. I need practical and not something to be tossed on the floor each night. Shams and decorative pillows are NOT practical for us! (Does anyone else feel this way?)
While cleaning, I also washed the curtains, wiped the walls (a first!), and cleaned the windows. The dressers and bed were rather dusty. It sure feels good to have a clean room again! It's been a long, long time! Thankfully, I am also motivated to maintain the cleanliness!