This morning I tackled a room I rarely clean: my own. It doesn't get that messy, so I don't think about cleaning it very often. But the clutter does pile up, as does the dust.
First, I evaluated my problem spots. The dresser collects junk. I have a pile of violin music falling out of the top of the closet. My reading material has taken over the top of my bedside table and is expanding onto the floor. (Mr. Mordecai's side is always very neat and clean, as he reads only one book at a time and is naturally tidy.)
I piled everything that didn't belong into a laundry basket so I didn't end up running all over the house all morning. I put some little saucers on top of the dresser to hold our keys and pocket things. I'm hoping that the pretty dishes will help me think twice before I dump stuff there.
I cleaned out the whole closet, including the top shelf, and took away the music for filing. I set up a flimsy little bookcase that we had hanging around to contain my reading material. It fell apart when Red Chief tried to use it for a bed, which is why we weren't using it, but it went right back together and he doesn't usually come in our room.
I dusted, vacuumed, polished, aired out, arranged, folded piles of laundry, fished the magazines from under the bed, and made the bed. I remembered that I bought a bedskirt about a year ago. I really should iron that and get it on the bed!
Now all that's left is to put up the bathroom shelves and sort through the box of bathroom things that have maybe been there since we moved in January, just maybe.
I hope that with my approach today--addressing the problems instead of just cleaning them up over and over--our room will be easier to keep clean in the future. We'll see!
Inspiration: Reclaiming My Room