"Less Mess = Less Stress"
This quote taken from www.unclutter.com by Donna Smallin Kuper, the "One-Minute Organizer". I've found organization takes me way longer than a minute! How about you? Donna has some great tips on her site though. Be sure to check it out, right after you read this...
I started the declutter war with our master bedroom, and yes I call it war (click for more)because when you confront the enemy, things get ugly! However, my first declutter project turned out prettier than I imagined. I tackled this project after Steve's diagnosis of lung issues. The doctors advised removing the "dust collectors" from our home to improve his respiratory health. I started with the bedroom where we all hope to spend at least eight hours each night in restful slumber. I had no idea how much less mess would de-stress our lives.
We had a queen four poster bed with a memory foam mattress. I never liked that mattress but I love our firm Sealy Posture-pedic with cool technology that sits neatly on our king-size platform bed. Very sleek, very modern with crisp white sheets only. Decluttering gives our minds a rest, sort of like living in a vacation home only you do it EVERY day!
|Notice the use of solid color and very few patterns.|
Curtains or window treatments notoriously collect dust. I have removed all 100% of my curtains in our home and replace them with plantation shutters. So clean, stream-lined and inviting.
|Great for "shutting" out light for deep sleep.|
Remember the big entertainment centers popular in the early 2000's? So 2000 and late! I sold ours and used the money to buy a smaller, more manageable cabinet for a TV stand.
I shadow-boxed a unique blast from Sloane's past! She made this fish in 3rd or 4th grade. Yes, I kept it for 10+ years. You never know when you're gonna need something (the root of my clutter issues). It matches the room beautifully and proudly displays my child's creativity!
|Be careful of art clutter, real "dust collectors".|
Lastly, I moved my zebra chairs from our family room to the bedroom. Furniture takes on new life when moved from one area of your home to another. I added these for "some" visual appeal.
|The brain needs a little stimulation!|
I absolutely love the new decor! MUCHO easy to clean! It feels fresh and less messy and you can't even tell several days have past without me touching a thing. I pondered how I'd know my decluttering was successful? Well.....take a look.
The other day, out of the blue, my husband said "Every time I walk into this room, I feel like I'm in Jamaica!" You tell me. Does that sound like success or not?
To retreat or not retreat,
The Happy Handicap