I’ve recently had sometime off work, a little over ten days of which I spent at home tidying my room and I learnt it’s actually fun and it’s a great way to remember past events.
My room at my parents house has not been tidied in years. And I’m talking literal years, nearly 2. My excuse? I moved away for work in early 2016 and haven’t had time since as whenever I’m home I’m always doing stuff and just don’t have the time to devote to the task of cleaning my room. Why did I decide now was a good time? Primarily because I had a clear ten days free to devote to it.
The chair in my room had become a chairdrobe, the floor housed carrier bags full of things I’d bought and had no space for. So I decided right lets sort this.
Things I learnt:
I have lots of black dresses and generally just a lot of dresses.
I have bags I have never used and much less don’t remember buying.
I’ve kept every concert/gig and theatre ticket for every event I have attended since the age of seven.
I have lots of books, most of which I have not read in years.
I tried to keep the whole thing manageable when I realised just how much stuff I have. I set myself a goal each day of what bit I was going to clean and sort. Be it a cupboard or a set of drawers.
By the end of the cleaning spree I had ten bags full of books,clothes and general Bric a Brac to donate to my local charity shop.
There were a few things that made the task less daunting:
I listened to music. It kept me upbeat and focused.
I occasionally stopped and looked at things I’d found that I’d forgotten I had. Some photos I found brought back some lovely memories.
I found some new bedding and at the end of the day rewarded myself by changing my bed linen so I had nice clean fresh sheets to snuggle under.
I created piles for keeping, donating and throwing away.
Den Garden has some really helpful and useful tips for helping to tidy your room if you are like me and either are bit messy or you just keep putting it off till it becomes a big thing.