Do you have a special person, someone you love with whom you are planning to celebrate Valentine’s Day? This day will be here before you know it. It’s time to get your home (in particular your family room, dining table, and your bedroom) organized. As a professional organizer, I want to teach you how to declutter your bedroom and your family room and dining table so you can have a romantic Valentine’s Day.
Are you wondering why I am singling out these three areas? When you invite someone into your home the first room they might relax in is the family room. Perhaps you are cooking for this person so you want to be able to eat dinner at the dining table. Finally, you may be anticipating the evening will end in your bedroom knowing how to declutter your bedroom puts the finishing touches on a romantic Valentine’s Day. Who knows you may even end up extending the romance with breakfast in bed the next morning. Having clutter in any one of these three areas is a big turn-off. Declutter these areas for yourself as well as for any guest you may entertain.
Start with the family room
You can probably declutter this room in 30 minutes or less.
Look around and remove any trash.
Put any piles of laundry sitting on chairs or the sofa into laundry baskets and hide them on top of the washer and drier. If you have time go back and fold the laundry and put it away.
Sift through the collection of magazines and newspapers. See if there is anything you can recycle quickly.
Gather the mail that is probably sitting on the coffee table and put it on the dining table.
Look for any shoes you may have kicked off when you walked into your home and put them in the closet.
Now, go to the front door. Walk outside, take a breath, and walk back into your home. What do you see? If you notice anything out of place or that bothers you deal with that next.
The dining table
The dining table is a great, horizontal surface and tends to collect odds and ends. It’s time to do a quick sort of the things that are sitting there. Toss or recycle anything you no longer need. Put like with like. If you know where something belongs, put it away. Create a pending bag or box for things (including papers) for which you aren’t positive of the next step. Then decorate the table so that it looks ready for romance.
Here are some inexpensive ideas to use to decorate the dining table.
Get some bunches of pink, red, and white balloons and scatter them around the table.
Put red candles in candlesticks. If you have candlesticks of varying heights that makes for a nice display.
Set the table with a white tablecloth and use either red or white napkins. Do this even if you are not staying in for dinner.
You can also opt to make a centerpiece with flowers or chocolate kisses.
How to declutter the bedroom
There are several places to declutter in the bedroom. The first is the bedside table. Whether you have a table on each side of the bed or just one bedside table you will want to follow the same steps.
Remove everything from the top of the bedside table.
Toss the trash.
Put back only the very few things you absolutely must have on the table. These might be a lamp, a box of tissues, a flashlight, the phone charger, and maybe some lotion.
Next look at your chest of drawers
Is the top piled with stuff?
Follow the same strategy as I used for the bedside table.
There may be things on the top of the chest of drawers that belong in the bathroom. Gather everything that belongs somewhere else and then deliver those things to where they belong.
Some may go to the bathroom, others to the kitchen.
Are there clothes spilling out of the drawers?
Now is not the time to cull your collection of clothes. You are decluttering the bedroom to make it look warm and welcoming. Push the clothes down and into the drawers so that they can shut.
Make a mental note to return to the task of organizing the contents of your chest of drawers another day.
The bedroom chair
The bedroom chair is a great place to toss clothes at the end of the day. If it is full of clothes, it’s time to empty it.
Hang up any clothes that you can wear again. Put dirty clothes in the laundry basket. Find any shoes and put them away in the closet.
Remove the sheets and take a couple of minutes to dust the bedframe. You will be surprised by how dusty it is, if you haven’t done this before.
Make your bed with clean sheets.
Fluff up the pillows and turn back the top of the sheets so the bed looks like it is inviting you to climb inside.
The bedroom closet
Now is not the time to organize the bedroom closet but you can pick up the clothes that may be laying on the floor. Hang them up, put them in the laundry, or if you don’t want them anymore put them in a donate bag.
The goal is to make the closet look tidy.
Look at your bathroom vanity. Is it scary because it is so cluttered with stuff? Do what you can to clear the counter.
Here are some ideas.
Put makeup in a bag and under the sink.
Find all the hair accessories and put them in a drawer.
Remove some of the shampoos and conditioners from the bathtub or shower leaving only the ones you use.
The idea when you declutter the bedroom is to make the entire room look as warm and welcoming as possible. Piles of clothes, a mountain of used tissues, a full trash can, and an overflowing chest of drawers do not promote a romantic feeling.
If at any point you find yourself stuck, get out the Organize Your Home 10 Minutes at a Time deck of cards for inspiration. Pull out the cards for the bedroom, bathroom, family/dining room and follow the step-by-step instructions on the card to declutter each small area, 10 minutes at a time.
You can also send me an email to schedule a quick one-hour virtual organizing session with me. Declutter your bedroom for yourself, too, because you deserve a lovely, warm, and welcoming room in which to relax at the end of every day, not just Valentine’s Day.
Diane N. Quintana is a Certified Professional Organizer® ,a Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization®, Master Trainer and owner of DNQ Solutions, LLC and co-owner of Release●Repurpose●Reorganize, LLC based in Atlanta, Georgia.
I’m with you 100% that clutter-filled rooms can easily distract from romance. You gave many wonderful suggestions for quick decluttering spots and ways to add welcoming touches. Bringing into the bedroom a small bouquet of fresh flowers, wonderfully scented candles, and music can also enhance the mood. I wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s one of my favorite holidays.
Thank you, Linda! Flowers, candles, and music are great mood enhancers.
Love these practical ideas! And just in time for Valentine’s Day!
Thank you, Angie
Excellent points. When I’ve spoken to college students, men often embrace the productivity but are dubious about physical organizing in their home spaces. Getting the women in the room involved with pointing out how old pizza boxes and half-drunk beverage cans, plus all sorts of life and school clutter, are a definitive turnoff. That gets the guys to sit up and take notice — the prospect of romance (hubba hubba) is quite the incentive. I suspect your blog readers are (mostly) not college dudes, but your points are nonetheless salient. Great post!
Oh, Julie, you are so correct in thinking my readers are not college students. Having said that, paying attention to what’s left undone and dealing with it is a sure fire way to create a warmer ambiance.
These are great tips! I like the advice to step out of the home and take a deep breath. Then come in and notice what you see. I think the same advice could be used in the bedroom, especially if you’re just using a few minutes to tidy up.