Day 57: No More Ironing Board in the Bedroom

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I have been slowly working on putting away the stuff on and under the ironing board so that I can remove it out of our bedroom. This is an annoying decluttering step that I have blogged about a couple of times since the beginning of my challenge, so I didn’t want to waste another day on it. (Previous posts: Repeating Decluttering Steps and 13 Days in Decluttering Mode)

The Space Before and After

This morning I finished it and vacuumed the floor underneath! Before I finally collapsed the board for the week, I ironed a few work shirts for my husband. He’s usually quite happy to do this job himself; however, his preference is to do it ‘in the morning’ just before he wears it. I’ve decided that if we are going to live without the board in the bedroom, our habits have to change.

He was very grateful as his ‘next few days’ shirts are all hanging up (never been this organised before) and now that the ironing board has been put away the bedroom feels so much bigger. This might even get us thinking about decorating (mustn’t get carried away 😀).

Today’s decluttering feels like a positive step forward as it’s going to change the habit of me lazily dumping the clean washing on the board. It’s not like I iron things before putting them away anyway, so there’s no reason why the clothes need to be dumped there.

Putting everything away immediately is definitely going to save me time in the long run, although there are other places I can lazily store baskets of washing, so I’ll have to be careful. I did spot a couple of small ones in the main bathroom.

Testing out the process

This evening I was able to test this new decluttering step and just put all the clean washing away in the wardrobes and drawers. Yes, they are still bursting at the seams (a job for another time), but I did take out two pieces of clothing from my wardrobe and put them in a charity bag (well done to me). It’s all about baby steps…

I also identified that we need a new iron as we haven’t descaled the current one for a very long time and I think we’ve ruined it (it’s one of those ones that sit on top of a water container). It’s been in our lives for over 12 years so we’ve had lots of use from it. Is that a long time to have a iron? I could keep it as a spare once I get a new one… or am I setting myself up for another clutter trap?

Until tomorrow…



About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer
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