This time of year I get a double hit of the organizing/decluttering bug. Before the craziness of the holidays hit our home I like to clear out the excess stuff and get organized. So I started with our bedside tables. Mine first. I only kept things in it that I use daily. A journal, notebook, bedding mist (it really helps me sleep), lip balm and a coaster for my glass of water.  

The top was also cleared off except for the essentials (yes, flowers are essential). On the lower shelf are some books I’m reading and the phone.

Hubby’s nightstand next. TV remotes (of course), checks, journal, deck of cards and a box full of his other essentials. I didn’t take a before picture, but the box was overflowing with non-essentials. Don’t worry I didn’t throw anything out. I had hubby go through his own box and get rid of the things he didn’t need. They were either thrown away or moved to where they were used.

Okay, the plant isn’t essential, but it looks good. The basket on the bottom shelf holds hubby’s guitar sheet music.

I’m not going to show you my undies drawer, but it looks really organized. So do the rest of the drawers. I’ll show you this one drawer of hubby’s though. Yep, he has another box with his “essentials” in it. In the past, things would overflow into other places of the room. I learned many years ago to let him have little “essential” boxes for his things. He goes through them a couple times a year and everyone’s happy. 

Since the weather is getting cooler I always need extra blankets on my side of the bed. The bench that sits at the bottom of our bed holds extra blankets and pillows.

 

So that’s what I’ve been decluttering and organizing. I’ll show you the closet tomorrow.

Remember, store what you need where you need it.

And purge a couple times a year. It’s like a breathe of fresh air.

Have a Beautiful Weekend and Organize Something!

I’m linking to:

Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming

DIY Project Parade at The DIY Showoff

Market Yourself Monday at Sumo’s Sweet Stuff

Works For Me Wednesday at We Are That Family

Hookin’ Up With HOH at House of Hepworths

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Dani @ Just Drops in the Bucket October 16, 2010 at 5:14 am

keepin’ me motivated! nice work, girlie.

-dani

alamama October 16, 2010 at 6:45 am

thanks for showing us your drawers! heehee!

jamie October 16, 2010 at 6:46 am

once again, you’ve solved one of my organizing issues…hubby’s “stuff”. it’s all on top of his dresser. gonna move stuff into top drawer with the beloved dollar store bins. thanks!

Pam October 16, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Hi Leanne,
I am so ashamed of myself, you would have a heart attack if you saw my bedside drawers. I have 5 just on my side and they are all stuffed with junk! BUT I am inspired by you and will work on cleaning them out this week. Also what is bedding mist?? Never heard of it.
Pam

Lisa~ October 17, 2010 at 6:01 am

You and I must have been separated at birth. But my husband’s side….not so much. I love the organization, but he doesn’t care so I happily live with his messes because he’s worth it. Plus, there may be a slight chance that there are a few annoying things about me that he puts up with so….you know. :)

I didn’t know you had a zillion kids until I read it over at So Very Cheri. We really do have a lot in common, except that I don’t have quite that many. I do love organizing for the kids. Gotta know where everything is, right? Lisa~

Pam @ diy Design Fanatic October 17, 2010 at 5:08 pm

Great job on your organizing! Your drawers look so wonderful! I think I’ve got the organizing bug, too. In the past 2 weeks, we’ve cleaned and organized the attic, the office closet, the guest closet, an armoire and one room in the basement! I was just thinking I need to start on my drawers. Your organized drawers and home are great inspiration!!!

Pamela October 18, 2010 at 6:45 pm

Ahhhh. Doesn’t it feel wonderful to open a drawer and it looks like that. Just this side of Heaven. :0
Pam @ beColorful

Violet @ Clutter. Coffee. Chaos. October 19, 2010 at 11:51 am

Very nice! My nightstand is a pile of books, medications, my water glass, the phone, lamp… ugh. I should tackle it next!

Kara @ Home With Purpose October 19, 2010 at 9:01 pm

Motivating! Our bedroom needs another declutter…

Carrie October 20, 2010 at 7:22 am

Looks so nice and organized! I love that you have flowers right beside your bed.

Nichole October 20, 2010 at 7:27 am

I so need to declutter our bedroom. It seems to be a gathering place for all the Stuff that I don’t know what to do with. (Which probably means I should just get rid of that stuff, right?)

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