Before & After: A 15 Minute Clean Sweep

Before & After: A 15 Minute Clean Sweep

Laure Joliet
Jan 14, 2011

It's been a long week with lots going on and so my bedroom has become a dumping ground for things I haven't had time to deal with. Even though I cleaned it up about a week ago, there are dust bunnies swirling, dead flowers, piles of clothes, old water glasses and general clutter. It's not the way I like to start the weekend, so I took 15 minutes to see how much I could get done.

Nevermind the big picture things I want to change (different bedding, paint the room, larger lampshade for the lamp, figure out better rug, etc), I was interested in making it feel better, quickly.

So in 15 minutes I:

• Made the bed
• Changed out the flowers
• Tidied the nightstand
• Opened the curtains
• Put away the whole pile of clothes including a suitcase I hadn't unpacked from an overnight trip
• Swept
• Cleared out everything that didn't belong in the bedroom

It only took 15 minutes to transform the bedroom from something that made me groan to a clean space that feels inviting and relaxing for the weekend ahead. It was a good reminder that arduous tasks don't take half as long as I think they will!

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