Raise your hand if your bedside table is actually your dumping ground for whatever things that you have on your hand when you get ready for bed. Well, more often than not we take for granted just how necessary it is. Your bedside table should really be an aesthetic decor for the eyes as it’s one of the first things you see when you wake up and the last thing you see before hitting the sack at night! Show some love towards it and transform your bedside table into a reflection of your personal classy, chic and elegant or even quirky style, giving it the attention it so rightfully deserves. Trust me, it makes a difference to how you start your morning and you'll be happier about it.
Most rooms already have a colour scheme or a specific look to follow e.g. contemporary, rustic, vibrant. Plan out what kind you’re going for, what sets your mood, what theme you’d like and vibe you want to project and from there, create.
Tables come in many forms so pick wisely based on your needs. Sometimes you may need extra storage space so an ideal table would be one with drawers or space that allows you to store items like your favourite books, pens and notebooks to write down last minute ideas, snacks although snacking in the middle of the night is never ideal but sometimes you just get hungry! Either way, make sure you check the sizing to suit the look you want for the room and for yourself!
A lot of people, including me like having a night lamp (I love those weirdly shaped ones which intrigued me) for when I want to finish reading or jotting down last minute ideas and dreams that I want to remember when I wake up in the middle of the night while still in bed. Here's when a bedside table comes in handy as we're half blind in the dark anyways. Gone are the days of lamps being just you know, functional and bland, they now come with fashion and flair. From different colors and designs, there's tons to pick from.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Travel back to basics and try not to overdo the entire set up for the beside table. The idea is to keep it minimalistic, chic and still serve its purpose as a space to keep your bedtime necessities. A cluttered table is never ideal and never let's be honest, aesthetic, so arrange your items to create a more neat and simple look.
There's always a few must have items by your bedside that calms you or help make life easier for you. For me, it's always my really loud alarm clock so that I won't snooze it and drift back into dreamland, a bottle of water in case I get thirsty in the middle of the night and a selected indoor plant to bring in some fresh air.
The actual best part of decorating anything at all is being able to add my own personal touch, making the space my very own! In this case, scented candles and fresh flowers are a great way to add fragrance as well as fill up the space with something beautiful to look at. If that's too feminine for you, step it up a notch by adding a sculpture or artwork that inspires you to be productive every morning when you wake up. Either way, the goal is to create a look that you'd love waking up to and feast your eyes on.
And here we go again! This is going to be the very last part for your whole decluttering therapy! Don't worry, only 11 days more to go and I know and believe that all of you here can definitely do it! Most importantly, keep in mind to be absolutely ruthless and stop holding on to stuffs that you haven't used in over a year. Ready? Let's go.
Day 20: Kids' Closets
Kids outgrow clothes at the speed of light and stain and tear the rest. Keep recurrent clothing and footwear. If a lot of miscellaneous items are stored here, think hard on the “why” of keeping them. Get rid of as much as you can, and find another home for anything that does not belong in your child’s bedroom. Go through the your kids' closets to check out what's wearable, what fits and what can be donated to the childrens' camp or discarded.
Day 21: Kids' Toy Bins
It's very easy to accumulate a lot of toys, but kids also lose interest and outgrow toys fairly quick, too. Have your kids help you go through toys, sports and arts equipment to figure out what they're still using and want to keep and what can be discarded, donated or handed down to a friend's or family member's little ones.
Day 22: Office Desk
Workspaces can be hard to keep clutter-free. When you're at your desk, you're working or getting inspiration rather than focusing on keeping it clean. Clutter can really influence the way you work. If you're too disorganised, everything competes for your attention and makes it hard to work, not to mention influence perceptions of your professionalism. So do a sweep of the surfaces in the office and assess what you can keep and what you can toss.
Day 23: Filing Cabinets
Filing cabinets can get filled in a hurry, so go through yours to see what you can shred or recycle (on second thought, I think it's way better to just recycle). I get paranoid sometimes overthinking that some authorities will call me up and tell me that I've not paid my bills and the worst thing is I've probably lost the receipt of proof but then I tell myself that I probably don't need that electronic bill from 2005.
Day 24: Mail
Junk mail, bills, newspapers, magazine and flyers pile up faster than lint on clothes. Clear your mail storage area and come up with an order for discarding junk immediately and storing bills that need your attention where they won't get overlooked.
Day 25: Laundry Room
It is amazing how quickly we can stockpile clutter in this room. The washer and dryer are flat spaces, after all, and it is easy to put stuff on top of them, especially if you don't have a top loading washing machine where you have to lift the lid each time you wash something. The most likely clutter offender in my laundry room? Worn clothes strewn around the washer and dryer that I've meant to wash but kinda just "forgot". Other laundry offenders include coins and receipts that fall out of pockets and end up on the dryer. Clear it out!
Day 26: Porch
Porches can get cluttered quickly with gardening equipment for the green thumbs or those who tried to grow a green thumb that never got put in the shed and shoes, boots that got left outside because they were muddy and soiled. Reevaluate the porch and put items in their proper spots.
Day 27: Hobby Room
Have a space or work room for lounging, hobbies or home improvement items? See what you can toss out or donate and what you can better organise.
Day 28: Basement
Now that you've gone through your house and properly stored things in their rightful places and gotten rid of the stuffs that are cluttering your life, check out your actual storage spots. If you've had boxes of books packed away for years, chances are that you won't re-read and also don't need them (I know this is going to be extremely hard for a bookworm but you can do it buddy!). Well then it is high time to rent a dumpster and get rid of everything that is not in use. Can you rearrange anything to make more space? Can you sell or donate anything you don't need? Bonus points to keep your basement from looking like a set for horror movies and other sneaky uninvited guests!
Day 29: Garage
The garage can be quite a chore, so leave it for the weekend and a day when it's beautiful and sunny outside. Get rid of what you don't need like those crooked pair of pliers that's been lying around for eons, pump up flat bicycle tires that your kids never got around to doing and get that lawnmower ready for a fresh new turf!
Day 30: Car
When you're finished with the garage, don't forget about your car as it is also one of the places where you're most frequent at. Get rid of the obvious trash (empty water bottles, wrappers, food crumbs etc.) but also check the glove box for expired credit cards, loose change, expired packet biscuits you can toss and snacks that melted last summer.
And welcome back! Previously I talked about decluttering the Living Room and the Toilet. As for Part 2 today, I will continue on how to declutter your Bedroom and also the Kitchen where your inner Gordon Ramsay emerges and he definitely does not like a cluttered kitchen.
Day 10: Nightstand
Nightstands collect lots of novels, empty water bottles and old, unused electronics along with lots and lots of fine dust. Clear it off, keep your books where they belong, throw out anything you don't need, wipe it down and leave only the bare and usable minimum.
Day 11: Dresser
Dressers can hide a lot in their drawers. Open every drawer in your room, refold messy, rumpled clothes and match every sock correctly. Keep in mind that mismatched socks are not in trend anymore! Kick start a donate pile of any types of clothing that can still be used but you no longer need and a toss pile for mont-eaten tees and ugly socks that you can part with.
Day 12: Master Closet
Add to those donate and toss piles by going through your master closet! I know it's hard to part with some clothing sometimes, I've personally went through it but you gotta be strong! Always follow your gut, only you know what your regular wear and what haven't been worn in decades. Do not let sentimentality get in the way of decluttering unless it is really a precious piece of clothing, say like your grandma's hand-me-down wedding dress.
Day 13: Kitchen Drawers
Why so many dirt, kitchen drawers? And why is this burned wok still hanging around? And why are there still loads of baby utensils in the silverware drawer when all of your kids are no more babies? Pick out what you need then either chuck or into the donate pile, they go! Then organize so the things you use daily are the most easily accessible.
Day 14: Kitchen Cabinets
Do you keep a crazy amount of Tupperware and any plastic containers inside your cabinets? I know I do! And they fall out like an avalanche on me every time I open them up. So take the time to reorganize your cabinets and re-position items if their placement isn't working for you. Infrequently used items can go in a pantry or other storage spot to free up more space for items you do use all the time. Those storage containers without lids and those lids without matching containers? Toss, toss, toss. Use the plastic containers themselves as storage caddies for small items in drawers or cabinets throughout the house to save space and make everything look neat.
Day 15: Pantry
Give your pantry an organisational inspection. Arrange canned goods by type and most importantly, check expiration dates and get rid of foods you'll never eat. Most of the time, we stock up too much on some stuffs and forgets about it till it gets expired and explodes (exaggeration I know but it has happened before). Unexpired and shelf stable foods that you don't want anymore can be donated to your local soup kitchen.
Day 16: Spice Rack
Typically, with some exceptions (such as mold or mildew on items, or something similar), spices don't go bad. But they do lose their strength and flavor with time. That's why many spice bottles have expiration dates, or "best by" dates on them, so you can know whether the spice you want to add to your food will actually taste good, or not. I recently went through my spice rack and was horrified that some of my spices were purchased more than four years ago. And some of them had hardened and can most likely pass off as those fake food stuffs children play kitchen with. If you've got spices that could be from centuries back, you're probably not using them very frequently in your recipes, so it's highly recommended to toss them.
Day 17: Refrigerator and Freezer
When was the last time you set out to declutter your refrigerator? Does the thought of it fill you with dread? We’ve probably all experienced something like what I'm about to describe, whether or not we’d like to admit it. You decide to clean out the refrigerator (or you are obliged to by a disturbing odor emanating from somewhere within). You start pulling out containers to examine their contents. What do you find? It may be hard to say for sure if the appearance of the contents has evolved remarkably through the passage of time. While the green, chunky whatever-it-was would probably win you a prize for a science fair project, it isn’t good for you or your refrigerator. Many people try to give their fridge a look once a week or so to toss any leftovers that are moldy or getting a lil' bit squishy, but you likely don't think about condiments and other fridge staples. Check all the bottles and jars and toss any that are expired or that you just never use (like that bottle of hot sauce that you wanted to impress your friends with but it didn't work out because you can't take spicy).
Day 18: Junk Drawer
Junk drawers are originally designed to hold simple tools and junk and odds and ends that don't really belong anywhere else. If you like, it can also serve as a lost and found junk corner! But give it a look to see if there's any obvious trash like receipts, scraps of paper or even food wrappers, and see if there's anything you could move to another spot. You just might find that memorable keychain you thought you'd lost forever.
Day 19: Under-Sink Storage
If you've got pedestal sinks throughout the house, you get off easily on this chore. But if you've got under-sink storage, like there's cabinet space under the kitchen sink, look under there to see what's been hiding from your eyes and what needs to be tossed out.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by clutter? Are you the type to spend your whole day on Pinterest staring at pictures of pristine minimalistic homes and thinking that your home could never be that way? Do you want to declutter your home but don’t know where to start? Well, chin up and think again! It could work! Welcome to the 30 Day Clutter Free Home Challenge by Kismet! You may feel like it's too much of a challenge now but I promise, 30 days really can turn your whole life around.
The 30 Day Clutter Free Home Challenge is all about clearing out clutter from your home and your life (yes, removing all the toxic people around you too!). It is not about organizing everything perfectly and tidying out every nook of your home. The aim is to make huge invasions into clutter in a short time and set you up for a neat, organised clutter free home. There will be some real challenging days but it shouldn’t take you too much time to do the challenges each day. It is aimed to be achievable, practical and effective.
Keep in mind to be merciless. Be fearless and audacious! Do not try to hold on to your clutter! Purge out as much clutter from your home as you can!
Day 1: Mantel
We're going to start with the living room, as it is one of the most important focal point in the house and it's the first thing your family and guests see. A fireplace is not exactly lovely when it's covered in clutter and junk. It takes away the beauty of a warm, blazing fire! So if your mantel is a dumping ground for spare change, DVDs, flyers you've picked up or opened and unopened mail and other clutter-ish items that don't belong, get yourself a big plastic bag and voila! Problem solved.
Day 2: Bookshelves
Bookshelves are great for displaying and flourishing your interest in literature, art, accent decor, lovely family pictures and more. But they always become the breeding ground for extra clutter whenever there's a blank spot. Clutters like keys, receipts from the grocery you went to two years ago, scratch tickets maybe and also random knick knacks that makes them look less attractive. Give your bookshelves a scan to see if there's anything that doesn't belong. Then re-position the items so it looks wanton, not chaotic.
Day 3: Storage Furniture
Go through your console table in the living room. You will not only see your TV and radio consoles, but also other stuffs that will make you wish you have a trash bag in hand (you will understand if you have kids) and if you do have one, lucky you!
Day 4: Entryway/Mudroom
This is the place where you welcome your family members and also your guests and first impression matters. A lot. Check the entrances to your house for out-of-place clutter. Kids kick off shoes with mud, soil, and all the other bacteria they picked up from the outer world and drop bags and coats; adults leave house keys, car keys, scarfs, hats and mail. Set up a system for stuff that should be there (like hanging hooks or a coat rack or shoe cubbies) and ingrain habits to keep the space clear otherwise, if the system doesn't work.
Day 5: Coat Closet
Coat closets often become hiding places for more than just winter jackets. For examples caps or scarfs from long forgotten guests. See what's been concealed in its depths that belongs somewhere else and what you can pull out to donate or toss.
Day 6: Medicine Cabinet
Chuck expired medications, hotel shampoos that you've "stolen" yet have never ever used it, and throw out lotions you've had since 1989 which have probably became ultra watery lotion by now. While you're at it, give the dusty, gross splattered with a lot of gross stuffs mirror a quick wipe, too.
Day 7: Shower
Get rid of the shower and conditioner containers in your shower. Invest in a shower caddy (I have one and honestly, it's a life saver - please get yourself one too) to keep everything efficient, neat and in one spot.
Day 8: Bathroom Drawer/Bag
Go through your makeup bag or drawer and re-evaluate some of the items. Neon green eye shadow that has since died in 1972? Chuck! Broken lipsticks that with textures that doesn't seem quite right anymore? Toss! Make ups and face care has expire dates and if you haven't used it in a year, please don't get it anywhere near your face and know that it's time to trash it.
Day 9: Linen Closet
Over time and I actually mean all the time, those neatly stacked bundle of fluffy towels start to transpose and folded linen sheets in some way always seem to end up somewhere on the floor. And why are your kiddo's' toy cars and coloring pencils in there, anyway? Appraise what's in your linen closet, sort out what you want and contemplate donating items you haven't used in more than a year to charity - usable and safe items, I mean.