Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Day #4 of 30 Days to a Simpler Life--- Create a Serene Bedroom

Do you have your list of questions in your wallet?  Have you decided not to buy non-perishables for the next month?  We'll get to all that in a minute.  Your day #4 mission is:

Today is a great day to edit your sheets and pillowcases.  First, take all of your sheets out of your linen closet and put them in three piles: the Recycle Pile, the Ambivalent Pile, and the Love and Use Pile.  Second, put the Recyclables in your car's trunk.  Third, put the Ambivalent Pile into a lidded box or a bag in another closet so you can practice living without these linens.  Finally, return the sheets and pillowcases you use to the linen closet.  (30 Days to a Simpler Life, p. 27)

OR...for serious simplifiers only---

Create a tranquil bedroom.  First, remove the television.  Next, remove excess furniture and everything under your bed.  Redesign your closet so it can hold clothing that was stored in your dresser.  Put a large plant where your dresser used to be.  Finally, empty the walls of everything except one serene print, painting, or wall sculpture.  Without busy art and bulky furniture, your bedroom will have a spacious, airy feeling. (30 Days to a Simpler Life, p. 31)

The author has lots of other great bedroom simplification suggestions so if you want more, get the book!
My husband just recently cleaned up and organized the linen closet in the last month so I'll have to take a look and see if there's anything more that needs to be done.  We still have my electric mattress pad and it takes up a TON of space.  Unfortunately, we can't use it with our new memory foam mattress.  Maybe my parents would want it?  We already don't have a TV in our bedroom and there's only two pieces of art on the walls.  Getting rid of the dresser seems a bit extreme for me.  What I do need to do is get rid of all the stuff in the bedroom that doesn't belong in there!  The top of my husband's bureau and my dresser are a little bit crazy when they don't need to be so I'll definitely by tackling that today.
Since Purple Heart is coming tomorrow at 8AM, I also have to tackle the basement (cue the screams of horror)---

Here are my Day #3 results---

I printed my 2011 goals each defined by a word on an extra Valentine with the following questions on the back:
Do I need it?
Do I already have something that serves its purpose?
Can I get it elsewhere for less or free?
Can I recycle it later?

Some of the sample questions posed yesterday were less relevant to me so I made up my own.  What are your questions?

Now...will I not buy any non-perishables for the next month?  I'm going to see if I can do it.  I actually don't remember the last time I bought something non-perishable (maybe a couple of weeks ago?).  I know for sure I haven't bought anything since when this challenge started so I'll start from there.  If I break, I'll let you know what I bought.  Good luck everyone!

1 comment:

Harvest Moon by Hand said...

At some point, I'd like to do the suggestions for the "serious simplifiers." Until then, at least the linens are pared down. Here's a bit more information: