If you remember in Month 1, we did a paper purge and we are going to start with something similar in the bedroom. You will need four bags, boxes or baskets, your hamper or laundry basket should be with you as well. Mark one bag for trash, one for Not Bedroom, one for trash and one for decide later.
Now just walk through the room itself - please don't worry about the closet - and pick up anything that is on the floor, on the bed, dresser, chair, or any other surface that is not part of that surface. Clothes, papers, books, your children's things - and put it in the appropriate bag/box/basket. Be brutal and swift with your decisions. If you are truly undecided, then you can use the decide later bag.
**NOTE - if in 30 days you have not touched the "Decide Later" bag/box/basket - then it should go right into the trash! If you have not needed it for 30 days, then you don't need it at all!
Now that the basic cleanup is done, let's look at the furniture. Are there any pieces in the room that don't belong? Is there an piece of exercise equipment, an unused piece of furniture or something that just ended up in the bedroom because there was no place else? Tag it! Put a tag on it labeled "Remove" and as we think about the room and it's use we can decide if it stays or goes.
In a child's room, this could be a rocking horse or a toy chest. In a teen's room it could be a bookcase or rocking chair. In a guest room it could be all those pieces that have no other home...and that maybe need to just be removed (think consignment, Goodwill or Habitat for Humanity.
So, we now have a clean, picked up, labeled room. Great work! Now comes the hard part - how do we make this the bedroom of our dreams?
Questions, thoughts or feedback - please let me know how you are progressing!