Well, it’s been a while since I actually posted on my Simple Summer decluttering progress. I just have had so much fun posting about following God and raising our little blessings that I haven’t gotten around to it, but I need to keep going because the summer sure is flying by! So, I chose to tackle the master bedroom.
Long, long ago we used to have a dungeon of a bedroom (well maybe just a few years ago). If you have ever had one of these you know exactly what I am talking about. The curtains are rarely opened, the bed is only remade so that you can climb in it, and there are odd piles of various things throughout. You don’t really want to clean the room because, well, you’re not sure of what you will find. With the help (or insistence) of my darling hubby, we don’t have this problem anymore, but if you’re still living it, I totally understand!
One of the biggest helps for me is to make my bed and open the curtains every morning. Having the focal point of your room looking nice makes a huge difference. By letting light in, you no longer have to feel trapped or depressed. Next, reclaim your room. Taking out the kid’s toys, piles of papers and dirty clothes helps you to remember who’s room this really is.
When we moved into our current house about 3 years ago, we had just finished a complete remodel of the entire house. Hubby had made book cases and shelves in our room, and the closet was off in our bathroom. The joy in this was no clothes in our actual room, and places to put our books and any special knick-knacks. Also, our bedroom is not very big. There is ample room for what we need, but it’s not large, which is actually a huge help when trying to reduce clutter.
Since there isn’t a lot of room for clutter in my bedroom, other than weeding through unneeded books and trinkets, I chose to focus on a small improvement I wanted to make: a mommy corner. I know, it sounds a little selfish, but I mean it to be a positive thing. One of the hardest parts of living in a not so huge house with four little ones is finding a moment where I can read the Bible, or take a minute to myself to pray during our hectic day. Although at night and early morning are perfect times to spend with God, it’s during the chaos of my normal day that I need a chance to refocus.
When I am feeling short on patience, and need a chance to “get away” to beg for more, it’s nice to have a spot where I can go. I had thought about making it in the craft/school supplies room, but that isn’t very relaxing is it? I wanted a place that was away from the bustle, the computer, and all the things that I think I should be doing. Otherwise, instead of praying to refocus, I will end up praying to get more done, or just adding things to my mental to-do list.
Since I am a huge fan of rocking in a rocking chair, I moved one from another room and stuck it in the corner of my bedroom, right next to my bookshelf. It’s not inaccessible when a little one needs me, but away from the noise of the rest of the house.
If you’re looking to find a place for you to get a little quiet, think about where you can squeeze it in. Is there a corner of your bedroom, spare room, or even the family room where you can have your Bible waiting for you during your hectic day?
My hope is that it will be a place for me to refocus on God, and close to my Bible.
Do you have a special place where you can take a quick minute during a trying moment?