It’s that time of year again. It’s time for food, friends, and family. And you know what that means, home for the holidays. After spending months in my own place, basking in my own personal style, I had almost completely forgotten about my childhood bedroom. Until this school-free week arrived. I stepped into my old room, which had essentially been my extended decorating project for most of my teen years, and it now seemed cluttered and out of date. Piles of mail all over my desk, old catalogs littered the floor, and my closet looked as messy as Macy’s after black Friday. So what’s a girl to do? I have been putting off this disaster area since the summer. I mean, does it really matter if this room is incredibly disorganized? I come home for the occasional weekend, but other than that, no one else sees it. So for some time, I was satisfied with simply pushing the mess out of the way and placing my laptop and laundry in the bare spaces. But not this week. This Thanksgiving, I said out with the old, in with the new!
The first thing I did was go through all that paperwork that had built up in the past few months. Now, it wasn’t quite as bad as the picture, but the loads of junk mail and old delia’s catalogs certainly took up quite a bit of space.
I recycled a lot of the paper clutter and filed away important things like bank statements, etc. into a cute file organizer like this one from Ikea (left). My next task was to eliminate as much unnecessary teen junk as possible. While years ago, I loved to display the ounces upon ounces of sparkly makeup I had, these days I realize that cosmetics are not really suitable accessories. I threw away the old nail polish, the teen magazines that I thought would somehow come in handy throughout adulthood, and the multitudes of craft supplies. While I’m certainly not condoning throwing away awesome Michaels merch, there is certainly a better way to store craft supplies.
I wish that that was actually a photo of my craft corner, but perhaps someday my ideal craft retreat will be a reality. This great space is made possible through the Container Store. The great thing about these ideas, is that you don’t have to buy every one of these pieces to make this system work. For most of my craft items, I condense most of my craft items are condensed into one of those drawer carts. Not only do the come with different sized drawers, they also add another surface to your room so you don’t need to waste much-needed desk space for extra smaller drawers. Get a cork board to post up inspiration or photos rather than storing these things in yet another drawer.
After these few de-cluttering tips, my room was starting to take shape. It still didn’t look like a page out of the pbteen catalog (like I had envisioned in high school), but at least I could walk. It also made me realize all the potential that my childhood room had. Perhaps a redesign is in order for Christmas break…