Our bedroom is probably the least cleaned room in the house, as I just never seem to get around to doing it thoroughly. It's not a hovel or any such thing, as I keep it tidy on a daily basis, but it is pretty dusty on shelves and in corners and really did need some attention.
I began last month, with what was quite a big task, namely cleaning all the shelves in the alcove on my side of the bed. It took a good few hours to take all the books and various bits and pieces off and clean the shelves, but it felt great when it was done.
This week was the turn of my beauty station. (That's what I call it, but it is in truth a vintage tea trolley painted grey!) Here's what it looked like before beginning the clean up.
The mirror was cleaned for the first time in quite a while, as was the mirror shelf which houses my hairbrush and some remedial Dr Bach remedies I occasionally use. Next, all of the beauty products in the top perspex container on the trolley were removed, cleaned and the container washed in soapy water before it's contents were returned and rearranged.
These are the products I use on a daily basis. It probably doesn't sound like a job that would take too long, but it did take a good few hours. I was pleased with the results though.
Top Beauty Box
I donated a few nail varnishes that I no longer wished to keep. Seeing all my lovely nail varnishes, it really made me want to start painting my nails again, but I really need to get some nail strengthener and use that for a while first.
Whilst cleaning this top layer I also cleaned all of my earrings, which I keep in a ceramic dish. Some cotton wool and surgical spirit did the job. As you can see, there's quite a lot of them. I tend mainly to wear ball studs on a daily basis and have them in just about every colour to match my clothes.
Every pair was cleaned and returned to the dish, once it had been washed too. I find it so much easier to have them right by my beauty products, as it helps me not to forget to put a pair on when I get ready.
The watch in the picture is the one I'm currently wearing, as my own Swatch watch gave up the ghost before Christmas. I bought this one for Little Bird last year. It was a complete bargain at £7 from TKMaxx, and as she never wears it I am making good use of it. I like the fact I can colour match the straps to outfits too, although I haven't really done so thus far. You can see from the photograph, however, that the white strap that I wore initially has discoloured with use and I've just noticed that I have lost the dial too. (Sob!) It's also just occurred to me that I can mix and match the dials to create two toned watches. I can have lots of fun with this watch.
Anyway, once the top shelf was cleaned, I ventured to the bottom container which houses my overspill of products. These are mainly stash products that I've been given as presents or have bought, but not used yet, plus a few other things.
The same process was carried out and the shelf cleaned, then the whole trolley was pulled out to allow me to clean the skirting and hoover and mop the floor. Here's the finished result which doesn't look too different from the first picture, save that I know it is all now clean and orderly.
Another part of the room cleaned, re-organised and decluttered. It's slow going, but baby steps are better than none at all.