January’s task: Bedrooms
When I first read this I thought what a waste of a month. Our bedrooms are clean and tidy. They really are but so is most of our house, its what you don’t see that needs the work.
Peter wants our bedrooms to have zones. Sleeping, clothes, reading, etc. And for our kids rooms to have them as well. This isn’t working for my family. We don’t use our rooms for much. Nate’s is for sleeping, reading books and diaper changes. Those zones are established with his rocking chair, bookcase and a changing table. Our room is for sleeping and watching some TV. So this is a nice idea but for our home it’s not something for us to work toward.
This does not mean that my work here is done! His other things do apply.
Make it a room for grown-ups. – yeah, that means get Nate’s books, pacifiers and toys out of there. Okay, will do!
Bring back the romance. see above. This room is totally hopeless in it’s current state. This is a large part of why we are working on a makeover. But, there are a few things I can do to make it a nicer environment.
Make the bed. FINE! I am not good about this but I will admit that it is a must if you want a nice relaxing space. Will add this to my “today” mantra.
Beware of what’s under the bed. This isn’t too big an issue. Mike and I both have our summer clothes in bins under the bed. I should vacuum under there.
Clean the closet. (this is exactly what the email reads) We wear 20 percent of our clothes 80 percent of the time. To weed out the ones you don’t wear, turn all of the hangers in your closet one way. After you wear an item, turn the hanger to face the other way. Get rid of the clothes on the hangers that haven’t been turned in the last year
I clean out the closets all the time, tossing things that don’t fit or have a stain. But what I don’t do is get rid of the things I am not wearing. I have lots of button up shirts and slacks and dresses that I don’t wear but just can’t get rid of. I don’t know why, what if I need them? Or, is it more of I don’t want an empty closet. Is it a quantity over quality issue? If so that is exactly the point of this exercise.
I am going to the easy stuff first while I consider what the answer to that is. I am going to do my shoes (again) first. I know there is a lot in there that I am keeping that I won’t wear again. Out of style, damaged, whatever. I don’t need a closet full of shoes when I wear only a few pair. This task I will do today when Nate naps. I will also clear off our night stands and dust, vacuum, wash our bedding and make the bed. Oh, Dudes! And dust the blinds! Oh my word. Dust the blinds.
The guest room closet needs some purging. There is a dead TV in that closet that Mike promised me would be gone before Nathan was born. That is also the off season coat closet and we both have a few coats that can go. This will only take a few minutes as well.
The real work this month is going to be why can’t I get rid of my old unworn clothes. Will I do the hanger trick and hold on to them for a year then get rid of it all or do it now. I will let you know but I bet I put it off and turn the hangers.
Anyone else tackling this one with me? Do you keep clothes you don’t wear?