Saturday, November 3, 2012

Beginning Master Bedroom, Area #4

Even my husband notices the clutter on my side of the room. But wait until you see what's behind this desk and "temporary" rack of clothes. This is shameful because we have enough drawers and a walk-in closet. It has to change!

Banquet table for junk on top and under
More by the book case 
It is going to take some time to get organized in this room. Usually you can just shut the door to the master bedroom when you have company, but this will not do for The House That Cleans Itself and the whole house process I am employing here.

Some changes have been made in the last several months. First of all I have a built-in vanity in the master bedroom for putting on makeup: I decided to use it instead of having makeup out on the bathroom counter in Area #1 and I do love sitting down to do my makeup. Second, we have moved a cabinet from the den into this large bedroom. On it is the bomb box and an iPod player on my husband's side of the bed. Music is so good for Alzheimer's patients and down the road when TV doesn't work so well, music will.

What will not change is all the places where my husband keeps his things. He plugs in his cell phone a certain place and puts his glasses a certain place at night. I am the one who has to change my side of the room and my habits.

What is my strategy for this change?
  • Dispose of my clothes and sort through my shoes.  Because I have lost 30 pounds slowly through Weight Watchers, I am now fitting into some clothes I haven't worn in several years and have others that are too big.  Since I sew, some clothes may be taken in. I will put clothes to be altered on the shelf in the guest bedroom.
  • Put summer clothes into bins for storage. Bins are now available that are under the pool table in the den.
  • Repair any shoes or clothes of my husband that need it.
  • Sort through books and paper clutter that you see above. Put the extra books in the holding shelves by the piano in the living room. Process the paper clutter quickly so I do not have to bring it into the den.
  • Get that six foot banquet table and clothes rack out of there. Both the clothes rack from IKEA and the banquet table from SAMS were used in a garage sale several years ago. Never were they intended for use in our master bedroom!
  • Put a small side table in the guest bedroom into the master bedroom for keeping jewelry.
  • Go through drawers and ask those hard questions about each item.
  • Use the notebook computer on that wicker desk for writing and study by the window.
Now the extra hour of daylight saving time isn't even enough to address these issues. It will take time to organize this room, but one day when I am my husband's full-time later stage Alzheimer's caregiver, I will be so glad that this room has been sorted through and organized as I spend more time there.

Fifteen people received free copies of the book The House That Cleans Itself,  from the author, Mindy Starns Clark, that I distributed to you.  Many of you have let me know that book has come in the mail and that you are excited about transforming your home to a house that will clean itself. Be sure that you also write to thank Mrs. Clark, whose address and e-mail is in back of that book.


  1. There is some comfort in knowing that others let clutter pile up! I come from a family of minimalists and am quite the odd one out :-) Now we want to see the end result.

    P.S. Your bedroom must be enormous!

  2. Ruby, the more room the more clutter in my case! That's cool that you are from a family of minimalists. When we bought this house the first year of our marriage in 2000 and moved into it in February of 2001, we just loved the huge master bedroom with a vanity between built-in drawers and the walk-in closet. Now I am so ashamed of this "secret" area of clutter and will be so very relieved when I have made a difference. My accountability is this blog.

  3. I am pleased to write that the long table is out and also the clothes rack. My secret area is being tackled. The wicker desk is now by the window. Boxes, bins, baskets have "stuff" from teaching and from taking counseling courses. Several bins have cloth material and sewing projects in them. I have to open everything up and decide if I need the stuff at my age and situation as a caregiver.