Cleaning Up and Out Challenge: Week 3 Main Bedroom

by Merissa on June 13, 2012

in Organization 101

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Welcome to the third week of our challenge! Remember this isn't just about cleaning things up, it's about getting rid of all the things you aren't using and don't really need that are causing clutter in your life.

Make sure you have boxes for donation and "get-rid-of" items plus bags for trash. I also recommend reading through the book Simpler Living as we work through this challenge.

This second week we are going to tackle the master bedroom. Make sure you don't forget to clean out your dressers and closet! A good rule for clothing is that you haven't worn something in 6 months, it's time to do something else with it!

I'll be posting again in a few days so we can share our cleaning accomplishments (aka: how many bags of trash you cleaned out, how many boxes of things you are getting rid of).

What are the biggest challenges you will have cleaning out the master bedroom this week?

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1 Ckay in SD June 13, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Here is my concern, clothes and towels, etc that are not really wearable, except to do yard work and I have way too many of that type of clothes and I even have hard time throwing those away. Do the local charity places take clothes that are suited for rags, tshirts with stains or torn shirts or jeans, etc, etc??
If I could find a source for this type of item then cleaning out would be alot easier? Thanks,


2 Merissa June 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm

I’m not sure who would take them. I always just rip mine up and use them as cleaning rags around the house (since we don’t use paper towels) or let hubby use them in his shop.


3 Lana June 14, 2012 at 11:33 am

You should ask before you donate because if they have to send them to the landfill then they pay by the ton to dump nonsaleable items. Thrift stores in our area ask that you only donate items good enough to sell.


4 fran June 14, 2012 at 7:54 am

The salvation army will take those stained clothes and sell them for rag outs.The fabric is reused in new manufactureing,


5 sarah June 14, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Thank you so much for these posts lately…we are relocating and I am going through everything “with you” : ) Can’t wait for our yard sale!!!


6 Bonnie C June 27, 2012 at 9:50 am

We just bought a unique house with a huge master bedroom that lacks a closet! Nothing has a place to go, so it is piled up and depressing. We need a closet plan.

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7 Pat July 18, 2012 at 4:45 pm

I’m with y’all on this front…what to do with unsale-able items… ???
I personally try and make rags out of what I can, recycle and repurpose other pieces for pouchs and backpacks for the grandkids. I can’t use it all up fast enough. So it sits stored!
Some of the things that need to be gotten rid of…stores of used up clothing.

enjoyed reading this and the comments!


8 Erin D. July 28, 2012 at 9:04 pm

The Goodwill takes the unsellable clothing and sells it to other companies. Some stained but wearable clothing gets sent to other countries to clothe the families there (that’s a worthy cause because they can’t buy new — ever wonder why the children in 3rd world countries are wearing Mickey Mouse Shirts or Nike shirts in the photos?). The non-wearable clothing, gets sold to a company that shreds it and makes it into insulation used in new cars. It reduces road noise and is a great heat and sound barrier. Great environmental use for it and it doesn’t go to landfills.


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