31 Days of Decluttering, Day Eight: The Nightstand

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Before & After Declutter Nightstand

It’s Day #8 of the 31 Days of Decluttering Challenge and all five of us were home today. The kids had a “cold day” (as opposed to a snow day); it was -2° this morning (felt like -21°) but by 3 pm, it had warmed up to a balmy 9º.

Between the kids being underfoot and the joy of dealing with a frozen pipe (welcome to Cleveland?!), it’s been a full day! Suffice it to say, a major decluttering project wasn’t in the cards. But I did manage to do a quick pare down of my nightstand.

I spent 10 minutes dealing with this, but I’m amazed at what a huge difference it makes. I’m noticing through doing this challenging the degree to which stuff just piles up, without us even noticing it. Admittedly, there are days that I actively avoid noticing the clutter, but most of the time, I’m completely inured to it! Clutter blindness is real my friends!

decluttering the nightstand

Once I dumped the contents of both nightstands on my bed to sort through, I wiped down the inside of both drawers. Then I attacked the pile — where I discovered eight magazines and a half-inch stack of paper that needed to be recycled.

I also came across a number of medications, which I had taken once or twice at bedtime and then tossed into that top drawer. I re-homed the prescriptions to the linen closet (still to be decluttered), but kept the lip balms, Kleenex, hand lotion and Advil in the drawer. I use that stuff most nights and many mornings.

Oh, and I found two more kippah clips – those things are everywhere… and yet nowhere you would think to look for them! (Hopefully not anymore – now I’ve got a secret mommy stash of them.)

I finished up by neatly placing the few things that were left back into my drawer. By that way, that coffee mug was a Mother’s Day gift made at a paint-your-own-pottery place. It contains a few extra pens, my collection of lip balms, and another Mother’s Day gift – a gold rose-shaped book mark.

decluttered nightstand

What did you declutter today? Public accountability helps to maintain your momentum, my friends. So please: Leave a comment below and let us know what areas of your home you have been working on!

31 Days of Decluttering

Do you, too, feel the need to get a handle on your house? Join me for the 31 Days of Decluttering challenge! Maybe you’re willing to take on one project a day (remember: small ones count!). Perhaps you’d rather pick four projects, and give yourself a week to work on each one. Maybe you just want to tackle your basement for once and for all. It’s all good! Everyone is welcome to join.

Day One: Decluttering the Toy Storage Closet

Day Two: Decluttering the Top of a Bedroom Dresser (Finish What You Start!)

Day Three & Four: Decluttering the Master Bathroom

Day Five: Decluttering My Desk

Day Six: Join the Decluttering Challenge

Day Seven: Decluttering the Computer

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