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I actually like Mondays because they are the start to a new week and a clean slate; a chance to get it right. This week we have a lot of little projects going on around our house. I did some deep cleaning over the weekend, and my living room and kitchen are now “company ready,” but the one chore I didn’t do was cleaning up under the furniture – particularly our couches & end tables.
Day 11: Declutter Under the Beds, Couches, and End Tables
When we had a regular bed frame, and all sorts of stuff would disappear under the bed, from our children’s toys to laundry, in addition to the dust bunnies of course. Since our house has small bedrooms, and our children share a room, we opted for beds with built in drawers from Ikea instead of separate dressers. My husband and I liked the children’s beds so much, that we got a king sized Brimnes bed frame for ourselves giving us 4 drawers for under bed storage. This means we can cross off cleaning under the beds since there is no way for stuff to end up under there. I love crossing items off of my list!
The space under the end tables is also easy to deal with. Usually, there are only children’s books or junk mail that find their way under the those tables, or perhaps a ponytail holder. The desk in our homeschool room seems to be more of a trap for random stuff, and currently there is a bag of Girl Scout materials and a throw blanket under there.
The biggest “Bermuda Triangle” in our home is the couch. We use our living room as the homeschool room and primary play area for our children. As such, anything that gets dropped onto the couch eventually works its way through the cushions and onto the floor. Since our couch has dual recliners, there is no frame to stop the items from falling onto the floor, and in some times getting stuck in the inner workings of the recliners. I don’t like cleaning under the couch simply because it is so large and awkward to move. I’m fairly sure, there will be crayons, blocks, legos, and a toy car or two hidden under there when we flip it to clean. My children are really good about gathering up all of the toys when we flip the couch to clean, so then all I have to do is run the vacuum when they are finished.
Which of the three is the Bermuda Triangle in your home?
Such a timely article! I’ve been meaning to declutter under my boys’ beds just in time for spring season. 🙂
Michelle @ The Complete Savorist
I need to go back and read each days’ tasks thus far. I need to do this. It will make the world of difference in my life.
I wish I’d done this yesterday. My washer drains through a hose into the kitchen sink, and the drain got blocked with lint this morning. FLOOD everywhere! It would have been much less of a hassle if it hadn’t been so messy under the furniture. Lesson learned!
Oh no! Hope it didn’t cause too much damage.
There are some areas in my home that really could use some de-cluttering! thanks for the inspiration!
Cami @ The Crafting Nook
The biggest bermuda triangle seems to be our beds. They are really low and tons of stuff go in there. Also my bed is really heavy so it’s lifting it up is kind of hard so when we need to clean and declutter it means a HUGE work!