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May 2024 Newsletter

Updated: May 20

For those new to my newsletter, all of 2024 we are going space by space through your home. Read the back issues on the blog

May is all about bedrooms.  Let’s dive in!



 

Newsletter Topic of the Month

Even if you have several bedrooms, this requires occupant participation.  If not, it won’t last so be sure to make a plan that everyone can help with and maintain! 

The closets will be the biggest job, but starting there will hopefully free up space.  Do a section at a time if that is easier.  It can be very overwhelming to dump the entire contents of a closet on your bed and then you just make a huge mess!  You know the rules, if you haven’t worn it in a year, it needs to go.  And PLEASE don’t keep clothes that don’t fit you.  It is SO defeating to see tons of clothes, but you can’t wear them.  Treat yourself to some new things if you lose weight.  If you don’t have double hang space, consider a bit of an upgrade if you are handy, or get a handyperson to upgrade for you.  It is amazing what some extra closet rod can accomplish!

Next tackle the dressers and nightstands.  Under the bed, tops of dressers and nightstands, wall décor or shelves, and any other spaces.  It’s a good time to wash any curtains and bedding as well.

If you have a chair, bench, treadmill, or the like in the bedroom, make note.  I call these the doom chair or doom treadmill.  They NEVER get used other than to pile clothes and such on.  “IF” that is the case, consider if that item should leave.  The same goes for multiple small dressers or chests of drawers.  You can sell them, or donate, and purchase (new or used) a larger one that looks nicer and has large, functional drawer space.

If you are short of space, employ some under bed storage boxes.  You can get divided inserts for drawers that really help keep things tidy.  Consider shoe pockets in the closet or on the back of a door to store extra, smaller items, these are magic and work for so many things, especially for kids.

As you go, pile up the things that are leaving, and be sure to take them to the donation center once done!  Don’t let them linger. 

Have a topic idea? Area of struggle? A fun tip? Send it in and I may make it the topic of the month. Email me at hello@judygranleegates.com


 

Product(s) of the Month:




Grab the Closet Sheet with some of my favorite drawers and bedroom organization helpers!







 

News & Upcoming Events




Wednesday June 19th at 2 PM I am speaking at the Lodge at Sherwood Village in beautiful, sunny Sequim, Wa.  The public is invited, be sure to come say hello if you can make it! 









Last month my episode went live on the Tiny Home Lifestyle Podcast. Ethan Waldman is an OG of the tiny home movement.  While I am not sure I could live in one long term, I sure am fascinated by them and trying to convince my homebuilding-partner-husband we should build one! 




Follow my Declutter and Resize private Facebook group and Instagram to stay in the loop.



 

Other Stuff


Do you have a group or event that would like to hear about decluttering, living smaller, or parting with sentimental items? Let me know, I love to speak to people about all things decluttering and resizing!


Are you in a book club? I would love to do a virtual book club over 4 weeks with you, just get in touch.

If you have read the book and want to leave a review Here are the links. This is the biggest compliment you can give an indie author! You can leave reviews at; Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads

And lastly, if you need a copy of my book, grab one here. Do you know I have sold hundreds and hundreds of books and only 10% of readers have left a review?  Please, this helps an author so much, leave a review, long or short. Reviews push me up to where folks can see my book!  Just a simple comment helps, “loved this book”  “So much good info”.  It needn’t be wordy!

 


Until next month, thanks for the support and keep it COZY!
xo
Judy



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