Speaking of closets, do you organize the clothing in your drawers and closets? You know, neatly hung and/or folded and stacked? Or do you just kind of shove and run? Do you leave piles of clothing all over your room or do you put them away every day?
I like to think of my bedroom as a haven. Not that I spend much time in it, but if I need to, I like it to be neat and well organized. I don't keep any papers or things like that in my room. If you have to have a desk and/or papers in your room, then try very hard to keep the clutter down.
I also don't like to have clothing strewn around the room...clean or dirty! I make a habit of hanging my clothes up right away or tossing them right into the laundry. I put clean clothing away the same day, too.
The bed gets made every morning because that really brings a sense of peace to the bedroom.
I like to make picking out my clothes for the day as quick as possible, so last fall I decided to organize the clothes in my closet in groups by color. Skirts are all to the right; shirts and sweaters to the left. All I need to do now is pick a skirt and then go to the appropriate color coordinating section and see what my options are for the top half. I really like this and feel it has also helped me mix things up better. After doing this, I also was able to see if I was lacking in a necessary color and it made it easier to decide what I needed to buy for the season.
I did try that trick in my drawers about folding the shirts and putting them in rows so that you can see all of the different shirts (as opposed to just having piles of them, where you can only see the top shirt). It works well for t-shirts and turtlenecks, but my drawers aren't deep enough to do this with sweaters or pants. I tried it with my son, because he always seems to just wear the same shirt, and it worked for awhile...until he had to put away a bunch of clean shirts; then he just did the open and shove.
This whole series is about how to make the many small things in your life very routinized so that you have time and mental energy to deal with the big things. Keeping your bedroom clean makes going to bed and getting up a much more pleasant experience, and keeping your drawers and closet organized makes getting ready for the day faster and more mindless. Save the pondering about clothing for special occasions. :)
To see all of the posts in this series, you can go here.