The Master Bedroom Saga Part SIX: Clutter is Gone(ish), It’s Time to Clean!

Time for another post in the Master Bedroom Saga!

I know.  I missed putting one up last week.  So here’s my excuse (insert 31 Days of Excuses plug here):  I was busy.  And life trumps blogging.

But now I’m back with a new post and webisode in the series.  If you’re new, you should probably catch up by reading (and watching) posts one, two, three, four, and five in the series.

I know.  That’s a lot of posts.  And this isn’t even the last one.

Here’s what I wrote in my journal about this project:

(Please note that even though this is Part Six in the series, the individual days were very long and so this cleaning was done on Day Three. Confusing enough?)

I took yesterday off.  Now to try to remember everything from Day Three.  Basically, I cleaned.  Like crazy.  I fully plan to write a post called, “How to Dust when Your Home Could Pass for a Haunted House.”I moved things.  I grunted.  I took down my curtains that had never been taken down in the six years we lived here. 

I remembered to change clothes in the bathroom since the curtains weren’t there.

I washed those curtains and then as I pulled them out of the washing machine, realized how much I hated their color and style.

Hmmmm.  That was interesting.

I never “minded them” too much before.  But there’s something about the act of putting them back up that feels wronger (yes, I said wronger) than just “leaving them up.”

Not quite sure what I’m going to do about that.  I like the plain look of my blackout curtains.

So much simpler.

I am now washing (slowly, but surely . . . hopefully*) the many, many blankets that are in a huge pile on the floor.

Other than that and two teeny spots I still need to tackle (why are teeny spots harder to conquer than big spots?), I need to move around some furniture and I think I’ll be done with the clearing part.

Then comes the part that scares me to death.

The putting back.

Honestly, I’ve loved my almost-completely-empty room for the past two days.

Empty of EVERYthing.  Hubby likes it too.  Strangely, we haven’t missed a thing in two days.

Proof that none of it is necessary for living.


None of it.


*It’s now more-than-a-month later . . . and I still haven’t plowed through that pile of blankets.  I have no legit excuse.  Just wanted to be honest.

But I have been thoroughly enjoying my clutter-free and CLEAN master bedroom.

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  1. 1
    stephbo93 says:

    Curtains are supposed to be washed? Huh. Who knew? Oh, that reminds me. I’ve got blankets in the washer from two days ago. You know, the ones I finally got around to picking up off the floor in my own bedroom. You’re doing a great job! Kudos to you for sticking with it!!!

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    I attribute my clean sink to you today. I bought your book yesterday and of course read the whole thing without doing dishes. To my defense we were gone and I was reading from a camper on kindle. I did do all the dishes tonight! Success…..wait, I went to sit and pinterest some ham and potato soup because my counter and sink was clean and the only bowl from supper that didn’t get put in the sink was MINE! So feeling like a schmuck I went in got out a new rag (because I wiped the counters and behind the faucet with the previous one, amazing the gunk behind a faucet) and washed the bowl and spoon. Thank you! Now on to potato soup.

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    Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow!
    You are so brave…well, for starters the video. Secondly, you are wearing a dust filter mask… and showing the world like you said, your dirt! (dust)
    Hmmm… well, I have lots of work to do. But you….have given me the courage to take the bull by the horns.
    I’m loving this series, not because I’m just as spectator. No. I’m loving it because you are prodding me further in my own quest to get rid of the clutter and get it ‘gone-ish’.

    “gone-ish” is a step in the right direction, right? It’s a goal…right?

  4. 5

    Curtains, hah! The curtains in my house were left by the people my ex-husband bought it from. In 1988. I’m truly afraid if I took them down and washed them they would disintegrate.

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    Seriously, if you were not in Texas and me in Canada, I would love to have you as my BFF – What you said about your curtains? Totally me!! We ahve been in our house about 5 years and have never had the carpets professionally cleaned, because we cannot imagine having the whole house decluttered enough to be able to do it! I am making baby steps, but slowly getting up enough steam to start plowing through. Thank you so much for the inspiration!!

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    Carolina_D says:

    Hi, you are doing SO good. And, I really like the curtains you took down. My own cleaning journey is on ‘hold’ right now as I have decided to get off the pain meds I’ve been on for six years now. My doctor will object, so decided to do it myself. Right now I’m on day 3, and am, of course, going through withdrawals. So, I’m laying down as much as possible. I do have a few ‘comfort’ type meds that help alleviate some of the symptoms, and if it all gets to be too much will go to the ER. I’m hoping that won’t be necessary. I’m in a great deal of pain, but the whole idea behind this is that pain meds make pain WORSE in the long run, and hopefully it won’t be as bad once they’re totally out of my system. Which, I know, can take quite a while. So, say a little prayer for me, and I’ll be back reading your blog as I can. I am SO proud of you. Maybe when my ‘journey’ is over, I can get to the point you are.

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    I know what you mean by enjoying your empty rooms. I had the “cottage cheese” taken off all my ceiling and all my walls painted. Because of that, I had to remove everything from my walls. You guessed it. I hung two things back on my walls. I really like the “clean” feeling.

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    Thank you so much for airing your dirty laundry to the world. It has helped a great many women, based on the commentary I read here. It has certainly helped me. I am a SAHM of irish twin babies (1 yr old and 2 weeks old) and am for the first time ever, COMPLETELY responsible for the cleanliness of my household. This is made especially important due to my toddler walking around touching everything, showing me how dirty the house is by his clothing. I have gotten in the habit of doing dishes almost every night, or at least every other night. I sweep not as much as I should, but WAY more than I did last year. I find homes for my things, and if I can’t find something a home it leaves my home. After one year, I am finally starting to see the light, and am not entirely embarrassed to have visitors.

    That said, my basement (the only available storage space in my tiny tiny home) was a WRECK until the last few weeks. Your bedroom saga has inspired me to clean out my basement, and then finally cleaned it up. I have created a space for my husband and I to take naps while the other is taking care of the kids upstairs so we don’t have to worry about waking the napper. I have reorganized my crafting supplies, and have been ruthless with the things I had plans to use but know I no longer have the time to do. We have a usable basement that doesn’t embarrass me if the landlord comes to fix something, and I could totally ask my mom to go to the house and grab something for me if necessary. Thank you for the inspiration and the kick in the ass to accomplish this massive undertaking!!!

    P.S. Ladies, I know this is a sensitive topic for some of you, but I must mention it. I took off my slob blinders, and I could see them last week. I cleaned them up, and now my basement no longer scares me to go into after dark.


    Clean them!

    Yes, even the ones that look like they might still catch some of the flies you might have leftover from summer. The spiders can make new ones that work better.

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    I have a question. Why do you have so many blankets? Do you really need them all? Do you use them all? I mean, I know it’s good to have a few extra around but if you have so many that it’s a huge pile and you don’t want to wash them, maybe you don’t need them all. Just a thought.

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    I love your blog!! It’s so real!!!

    I know your wallet may cringe… but what I’ve found often works best for me with a big, slow pile like blankets… bring them to the laundrymat. Spend the $20, and get it done in an hour. Bring a book, and just enjoy the numbing sound of washing machines and dryers. But, it’s done. Then.. the biggest challenge for me. Where to keep them all!

    Once you are ‘caught up’… then you just need to stick to it! And, you’ll be able to feel the pride in getting it done!

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