Decluttering: bedside

Happy 2016. It’s still in the “let’s do this!” time of the new year, you know? Like hypothetically I’m still making good use of the gym membership I just bought. But I didn’t buy a gym membership or anything. I just mean… it’s all still new and there’s still beginning-of-the-year motivation.

I’ve been meaning to catch y’all up on my decluttering. It’s almost been HALF A YEAR since I decided to start decluttering. I started with the top of my dresser and then moved on to my desk. I decided the next thing to tackle was the side of my bed, because this is the mess you’d see when you first walked into my room:

Not only was my nightstand completely overrun with stuff, it was so messy because that’s just what happens when things feel cluttered, you know?

This is what it looks like when you walk into my room today:

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No random lotions or anything on my nightstand; now it’s just my bedtime smells.

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That “be brave” print is actually a card from Robyn! I love it.

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Instead of a bunch of random books, I decided to keep the books I need most often right here. My She Reads Truth study that I’m doing with my friends, my Bible, my journal and the SRT notebook. Topped off with everyone’s favorite blogger bedroom staple, a Bath & Body Works Candle. Winter is actually my most favorite smell; I stock up so that I can use it year-round, but this year I’ll retire it for my other favorite: SWEET SPUN SUGAR. You get it at Target. It is pink and smells like cotton candy. Sold.

Also that basket is full of slippers and cozy socks. I’m really hardcore about keeping my feet cozy.

Doesn’t it look so much better? And it has so much more PURPOSE. Since I was sitting on the floor, I decided to give you a glimpse of what will be the most difficult part of my room to declutter: UNDER MY BED.

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I literally do not have time to begin to think about going through that stuff.

But I did need to find a next space to declutter. It took me no time at all to figure it out.

My bookshelf.

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Here, let’s go layer by layer, shall we?

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Two random boxes. a little container full of candles. Files with credit card information and blank paper, and my grandmother’s Bible.

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My Bibles and some Bible study resources and a bird because I’m from Portland and I’ve heard we put birds on things.
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Books. A random basket from the Target $1 section that is LITERALLY mentioned in my first decluttering post, which holds a $1 section jar filled with $1 section washi tape. that’s basically the only thing in that basket. and a bunch of jars from the $1 section. Anybody want to buy some coffee scrub? I bought those to make coffee scrub in 🙂 and a jar. I have no idea what’s in it.

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Extra piggy banks (when you save your change for like 3 years at a time, you need more than one). Random cards. A thing that shows instagram pictures but I can’t get it to connect to the internet because I keep forgetting to take it to Starbucks and use their wifi like the company told me to a year ago. A thing to make journal cards. and a box with something emotional in it.

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Books. Drawers from IKEA filled with random stuff I don’t know what to do with. One of the drawers has a purpose; it has the notes I take from sermons in it! The other ones are catchalls.

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You know… crayons, blank notebooks, random binders and address books and magazines and it appears there are some books. Who even knows.

So that’s my next project.

Keep in mind: this isn’t just cleaning. It’s not “I will straighten this stuff up.” This is going through and getting rid of things I have no purpose for. That bird is probably going to go, just saying.

Man. Feels good to be back in the swing of things.

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  1. January 11, 2016 / 1:49 pm

    I love that tray on your bedside table! That’s the perfect solution – I keep my nightstand pretty clear, but I always have lotion, headphones, and usually a pen or my iPad stylus or something hanging out along with my Bible and whatever books(s) I’m reading. The tray idea would be perfect to keep the little things together!

    The decluttering is looking good, girl!

  2. January 11, 2016 / 2:30 pm

    Your bedside is so pretty! Once I get a nightstand I hope I can make it look as pretty as yours. Also I just went through and emptied some boxes from MOVING (!!!) and took them to the recycling and got rid of stuff or put it away. It made our apartment look twice as big, and it was like three smallish boxes.

  3. January 11, 2016 / 3:39 pm

    Decluttering is the best! Such a good feeling when things in the room look refreshed!

  4. Bailey
    January 11, 2016 / 3:48 pm

    I sleep better when my room is decluttered!

  5. January 11, 2016 / 4:45 pm

    Your space looks so nice! I always feel much better after decluttering. I need to tackle my bedroom next!

  6. January 11, 2016 / 6:39 pm

    I just decluttered my nightstand over the holidays and it made suuuuuch a difference! Way to go girl!

  7. January 12, 2016 / 7:12 am

    I love your nightstand! My nightstand area is always looks disorderly and crazy. Having a nice clean area really brightens the room up.

    liz @ sundays with sophie

  8. January 12, 2016 / 8:04 am

    You go girl! I’m also in the slow process of going through all the stuff in my room. Love your cute little nightstand!

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