Bonus points if you tell me what types of items seem to accumulate on top of your dresser.
Plus, I'd love to hear what you think should stay there most of the time. After all you don't have to have the top completely cleared off.
You might like to have something decorative, for example, but I tend to think it's more calming to have some clear surfaces, especially in your bedroom, so if you feel the same really get ruthless with clearing the area.
What Kinds Of Things Do You Keep On Top Of Your Dresser?
The photo above is from a reader, Jessica. She explained, about the top of this piece of furniture, "My issue is this. Lol, don't judge me. Lotions, meds I take every morning, perfumes, body sprays, etc."
That sentiment was echoed by many readers who've taken on this challenge.
Examples Of Common Types Of Clutter On Many People's Dressers
Here are some common types of items that seem to end up on this flat surface. The trend is that often the dresser becomes a catch all when you don't have a real home for certain things as you undress, or walk into the room with the item in your hands:
The thing to remember, though, is that a mostly clear and clutter free surface is really so much more calming and relaxing, and ultimately that is one of the purposes of your bedroom. To be a place for you to rest and relax.
So as you remove items from this surface take some time and think about where its home is. If you don't have a convenient place for it, perhaps make one.
So, for example, if you always have change in your pocket each night that lands on the dresser, perhaps put a little bank on your dresser that you use to collect your change and then treat yourself or the family to something when it gets full.
It doesn't have to be difficult or hard to be effective!
Potential Items You Might Want To Keep On Your Dresser Even After Decluttering
Of course, like I said, you don't have to keep the flat surface completely clear. Many people find this to be too sterile.
Here are ideas of what could be appropriate to keep there. It all depends on how much you want there, and how much room you've got. Only you know what will work best for yourself.
Small jewelry box, or holder for other accessories
Framed picture of family or friends
Decorative knick knacks (within reason) such as a candle, artwork, lamps, etc.
Alarm clock, remote controls, or other items just like you might find on a nightstand, if your dresser does double duty for this function as well
Whatever you keep on your dresser top, make sure that you regularly remove items that don't belong, and that should be put away, to keep the space clutter free.
You Can Do This Mission! Just Look At These Great Results For Inspiration
The pictures above are from a reader, Amanda, who took on this mission and produced some great results quickly.
She said, though, of the after picture, "Now I just have to deal with the junk."
Yeah, unfortunately you do, otherwise you've just shuffled your clutter around. Like I said though, take a few minutes and try to make homes for the obvious items that seem to take up residence over and over again on your dresser top, and keeping it clear from now on will be much easier.
Here's some more before and after photos that have been sent in from readers:
The before and after photos shown above are from a reader, Michelle. She said, "Whoooo hooo! I said a prayer and asked to being given desire and direction clearing off the surface clutter in my master bedroom! 30 min later- 4 of the 5 surfaces are completed!!! Thank You Lord! And Thank You Ladies for giving me a place to show my progress!!! 😍"
These before and after photos, above, are from Caryn. She said, "I got inspired by the idea of decluttering my dresser." She continued, discussing the after photo, "I love it and there are some family treasures that were my mothers and grandmothers, so I'm pleased to have it look so good now. Must work on keeping it that way."
Here's quite a few more pictures from readers who've taken on this mission to provide you with some inspiration.
This first one, above, is from Melissa, who keeps her chest of drawers clutter free most of the time. Way to go Melissa!
Here's another below, from Katherine.
In addition, here's one from Carol. She said, "We remodeled our bedroom in spring!!! This is ours now!!! I love it!! I make my fiancé keep everything off!!! The only thing is this decoration I received from my future step-daughter...our bedroom is Paris theme!"
Here's some before and after photos from a reader, Kimberley, shown above.
Just removing those few pieces of clutter can make such a visual difference.
Great job Kimberley!
Here's another before and after, from Sabrina, above. Just like with Kimberly, these photos from Sabrina show that while this mission doesn't take too much time, and just requires you to remove some items, it really does change the look of the space completely!
Just pick and choose the ones you want to do, that will make a big impact in your home. But if you want someone else to tell you the order you can also grab the 15 minute daily decluttering mission calendars and follow along as we all get our homes clutter free together!