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halebop
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Posted: 1/1/2013 6:01:18 AM
Firstly Happy New Year! Let's get organized in our house and life this year.

I am going to start out by saying I am a Professional Organizer who is currently not active in my profession. I am like the plumber - in that he always seems to have a leaking faucet in his own home. That is where I fall short - I can organize someone else but at the end of the day - my home needs to be de-cluttered and organized.

I have put a bid on a house and waiting for a response from the owner. With that in mind - I know that I need to toss and purge as I am going to a smaller house. I currently have formal areas and 3 bedrooms. The new house has one living room/dining room/kitchen combo and 2 bedrooms, 2 baths.

There are tons of blogs out there for organizing and decorating on a budget and I will be happy to share some of my favorites.

I had to write a paper for school on a topic dear to my heart. Below is the start of it and I will work to finish it today or tomorrow:

Why can’t I get organized or stay organized?

There is no perfect answer to those particular questions. I personally live alone so unless the dogs are changing things up when I am not around, I have no one to blame but myself.

My main problem areas are my bathroom cabinets, garage and craft room. The craft room (or as my grandson calls it the “crap” room) is always going to be a problem area as there are way too many crafters in my family that use that room.

When reading organizing books and tips, they all seem to have questions to ask yourself as you declutter. For instance, “Do I love it?”, “Use it or will I use it (more than once)?”,

“Do I have the necessary containers to store it?”, etc.
Once you start the process of organizing and decluttering, to get to the root of the problem, we need to ask ourselves – “What is causing the problems – lack of proper storage, too many of the same type of things, the wrong thing in that particular area (bathroom stuff stored in linen closet away from where it can be easily gotten if needed. My friend stores her toilet paper in the linen closet down the hall from the bathroom – what if you need a roll? Is it functional and easily accessible? Is it a hassle to get something and then put it back when you are finished with it?

As you are working on organizing and purging – remember to ask yourself if this is a solution that you can and will live with, are you willing to take the time and energy to return it to its proper storage area that you designated for it

Storage doesn’t always mean having things in matchy, matchy boxes or containers, it’s about having a functional system to help maintain things as they should be.

I am currently feeling overwhelmed, anxious and not sure where I want to start. I have chosen to start on the garage as it is the biggest obstacle for me right now. Where do I start? I am going to evaluate the way that things are currently stored and see what is or isn’t working and then make the decision as to whether or not I can really commit to the task of getting it done – both time, energy and if necessary – do I have the resources to get it done. I know that the current way I am storing things in the garage is not working – mainly because I do not always take the time to put things back, also because I have stuff that belongs to others in my garage and that will be handled as well – if you don’t want it – then it will be donated – if you want it – them come and get it.
Organizing is a constant thing – it is not a onetime thing – it requires maintenance and returning things to their rightful home that you have chosen for it.

So lets gather our tools and get started on the garage project:

1. A simple notebook that I can jot notes – such as what is in each tub or box so that I can make labels later.
2. A box cutter
3. Tape
4. Cleaning cloths
5. Facemask – since I am working in the garage and it is dusty
6. Scissors
7. Labels
8. Marker
9. Trash bags
10. Boxes or containers for storage, donating and trash

I gather all my supplies and put them in this neat wooden tool box thing I bought at a yard sale (I plan on using it in the house later but for now this is the perfect tool for this project). I will share more as I start my process.

Another point to remember is that you can over organize. Not only do you need a place to store everything but more importantly you must have a system for keeping it going, such as your mail/paper piles – how are you dealing with it ? Routines are effective in organizing and maintaining your systems. Since it is similar to housework – it is never ending. Having written routines whether daily, weekly, seasonal, monthly or annually will get you back on track when a crisis or illness or lack of motivation for whatever reason happens. Routines are also a good way to manage your time so that you keep ahead on the day to day things in the event you lose your momentum. Since most tasks are reoccurring, it takes no time to get caught up. I have a pet peeve that I must make my bed daily. To me my room is not clean and organized or functional if the bed is not made. I guess it is because that is the biggest thing you see when you enter that room. I make it a habit to make the bed while the coffee is brewing.

My morning routine consists of:

1. Getting up and using the restroom
2. Make coffee and straighten kitchen
3. Feed the dogs
4. Make the bed
5. Walk the dogs
6. Quiet and Computer time

(These things are all done within 30-45 minutes of getting up) Then I start my day.


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Posted: 1/1/2013 9:26:12 AM
I am starting in the master bathroom - I also have 2 walk-in closets in there. I started purging and organizing the stuff under the vanity/sink area. I bought some cute baskets (2 different sizes) at the Dollar Tree and I am using them to organize. I have a trash bag already full and ready to start another. Plus I am passing on shower gel, body lotions, sample shampoo/conditioner to my DD and DIL as they have campers and these things are great for there.

I will also be working on the closets when I finish with the cabinets.







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Posted: 1/1/2013 9:27:02 AM
I'm also one of those who has to make up the bed every single morning, no matter how late I'm running! lol Fortunately, it's just a sheet and comforter, so I yank in up, smooth it out and stack my pillows. It automatically neatens up the room.

When my XH left, I was ruthless with the clean-out. I took one section at a time. Started with the pantry. There was crap in there that had been in there the whole time we'd lived in the house and it had never been moved. Out it went. I had a huge trash can. Stuff that belonged to him (that wasn't outdated food) was put into his "pile" in the office that is now my craft room.

Then I started on the kitchen. All of those plastic tubs with alleged matching lids...I matched lids with containers. Everything that didn't have a mate, out it went. Stuff that had specifically been given to him, went in his pile. I now have a completely organized kitchen.

Then I started on the book cases. All of his books went into his pile. I have two book cases and just have a really hard time letting go of a book! I have about 10 that I've read a few times and I know I'll read again. My DS's books all stayed. Then I took a box full to the Salvation Army.

Then I started on my outbuilding. XH had gotten his stuff out, but left a huge mess. So I rolled up that big rolling can that belongs to the garbage pick up people and loaded it up. There were small packages of this and that (fittings, hoses for undetermined parts, etc) that had been eaten thru by mice. Out they went. Tools and crap scattered all over the place. I arranged anything that could be salvaged on the shelves. Paint stuff all in one area, car care products in one area, gardening stuff in one area. You can actually walk in there now. lol

Since I was now on my own, I bought a file box and organized all of my important papers. Car titles, birth certificates, a folder for the attorney, house, tax, medical, auto. Everything in one box where I can get my hands on it. I cleaned out under the bathroom counters and cabinets. Decluttered my bedroom. For our 25th anniversary, we re-did our bedroom in an Egyptian style. XH build columns in the bedroom - they look great. (I'm a belly dancer, hence the Egyptian theme). Alot of the little nick nacks he had given me went to the dance studio. I plan to re-do the room in a medieval theme. If there were sentimental things that were sitting around (not from him), they all went into my cedar chest. I hate to dust and the less clutter, the less I have to dust.

Even Christmas decorations. XH left in October, so it wasn't long that I'd be getting out Christmas stuff. He never really gave a hoot in hell about holidays, but I wasn't keeping his stuff. So his cross stitched stocking (which was a match to mine) and all of the ornaments that had been specifically given to him, they went on his pile. I used that opportunity to do a major clean out of Christmas. Everything was already organized in labeled computer boxes. Items that hadn't been used in years (and had no sentimental value) went to Salvation Army.

I even cleaned out my cake pans. I decorate cakes (not professionally, but for my friends). I had a ton of those character cake pans - hate those cursed things! lol Took them to work to sell on SwapShop and one of my co-workers bought them all. Another successful clean out.

I've kind of made "if I haven't used it in a year and it has no sentimental value, out it goes" my mantra. I don't like clutter. Now, having said all that, my house will never be featured in House Beautiful. My DS and I live in it. And I have 3 cats and an outdoor dog who occasionally lumbers through here. We track in mud, one of the cats will "go" where they shouldn't "go", and yeah, there's dust. But if I want a particular sweater or want to dig into my Christmas scrapbooking stuff, I can put my hands right on it.

Just having all of that extra stuff out of my house made me feel like I was gaining some control over my life. XH moving out was my green light to get started. You just have to START. My craft room...well, it's pretty organized but there's always room for improvement in there.


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Posted: 1/1/2013 9:51:09 AM
I'm really ready to clean out some of my "stuff." I'm starting with my craft room which is over-flowing with stamps, cardstock, every embellishment on earth, yarn, craft books, quilt magazines, knitting magazines, two sewing machines and a serger, and lots of sewing tools and supplies. You are all inspiring me!

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Posted: 1/1/2013 9:51:34 AM
I hesitate to use the word 'resolution', since they never work out for me, but one of the things I would like...no, I NEED to do this year is get and stay organized. I am married with 2 sons, 3 dogs, and 2 cats. DH works long hours and doesn't have the time or energy to help much with the housework, so I tend to fall in a pattern of doing the necessities and letting things get unorganized in the long term.

Oldest DS is 12, and has chores he is responsible for. Youngest is 3, and is starting to help. My biggest thing will be to declutter and organize so that the day to day is more manageable. We also have a couple of rooms in the basement that I would like to make functional. They are currently pretty much just wasted unorganized storage space.

I appreciate reading what you ladies have written here, and will keep an eye on this post in order to learn more. Thanks for sharing your ideas and strategies!


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Posted: 1/1/2013 10:21:01 AM
Lingaling...I used to have tons of magazines as well, mostly scrapbooking and card making but a few quilting magazines as well. (even though I don't quilt - yet!)

I was quite ruthless in cleaning those out as well. Years ago, I bought that blue plastic binder that Creative Memories had. You added the idea pages to it as the new ones came out. I also bought the blue jean looking binder from Close To My Heart with different card ideas in it. You could add to that too.

One Saturday I spread all of those magazines out on my bed, got a pair of scissors and went to work! I cut out only the layouts that I just LOVED and knew I would "scraplift". Stuff that fit my style of scrapping. Same for the card and quilting magazines. Then I went into my cardstock stash. I had a big handful of papers that had been given to me, or had been in paper pads that I would never use in scrapbooking but they made perfect additions to my scrapping/card idea books. I cut the papers to fit, punched holes and used my tape runner to adhere the pics I'd cut out. (My recycle bin was so heavy, I think the recycle guy got a hernia lifting it into the truck!)

I also bought a pack of page protectors for the big articles I wanted to save (that were on both sides of the page and I couldn't cut up).

Now I have two big books full of wonderful ideas and all those magazines are gone!


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Posted: 1/1/2013 10:53:43 AM
Finished the bathroom cabinets - made labels printed on pretty card stock, laminated. Now have to cut out, hole punch and zip tie/tape them to the baskets. Also went through medicine cabinet and tossed expired meds.

Glad to see everyone jumping on board.







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Posted: 1/1/2013 11:48:06 AM
Since I didn't accomplish much in 2012, I had better get moving for 2013...

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Posted: 1/1/2013 11:57:25 AM
Last year, we had an organizing peas facebook group that was good. I just stopped going because I had to much other stuff on the go. I'm not sure if it's still up and running.


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Posted: 1/1/2013 12:22:07 PM
Bookmarking to keep in the front of my mind. Maybe 2013 will be the year.

I did come across A Bowl Full of Lemons blog, and I like the looks of her 14 week decluttering challenge.


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Posted: 1/1/2013 12:31:06 PM
Thanks for the thread!

We have a target date to list our house of somewhere between 03/01/2013 and 03/15/2013. We were going to list it this past fall but I felt it wasn't quite ready yet, and I refuse to do this until it is. BTDT, not pleasant to do it while you are in the home-showing phase. This time frame gives us six months to get the house sold and move in order to reach our target move date, but if it doesn't work out, it is not the end of the world.

We have two more large-ish projects to get done, both of which will be done by professionals. I need to call and get them scheduled because I'm just about ready. They are: Replace kitchen and mud room flooring (I have the flooring already) and do some repairs from a leak about 13 months ago; and replace my gorgeous 1977 blue marble double bathroom sink vanity top and the two 1977 leaky chrome faucets, and also the blue 1977 toilet. I should have done this a long time ago but I sort of got used to it (the leaks are pretty new though). I already have the faucets but I will need the repair guys to install them (and also a new lantern for my upstairs landing). That's house selling prep stuff, though.

The biggest organizational stuff I have left to do is packing and tossing stuff. We took Christmas down a few days ago, so it needs to go to the storage unit that we rented a few months ago to get the house ready/staged and start the packing process. We also have at least 2-3 SUV-loads for the dump so far. I love our dump; it's fabulous and I will miss it. Clean, convenient, and super easy to use. We took several loads of stuff to Goodwill in November, so this is just stuff that needs to go to the trash. We probably will have 1-2 more trips to Goodwill but right now it's not enough to worry about. We also have a burn pile for stuff that can be burned, and that has gotten some use in the last week.

Yesterday, I pulled every single thing out of my downstairs linen closet, ripped off the old contact paper, cleaned it from top to bottom, and then put back the four things that needed to go back. Then it looked ridiculous and empty, so I added some baskets with tag labels on them and a few more white towels. It's good to go now, completely staged with stuff I had around the house. There were some mattress pads and that sort of thing that needed to be rewashed (they've been in there a few years) so those will go back on the mattresses, and the rest of it was pretty much stuff that needs to move on. I'm not even packing it.

Today, my plan is to clean out my storage closet under the stairs and get it staged. I cleaned it out not long ago but it's a bit trashed again, plus it really wasn't staged.

I have some staging stuff coming from Amazon tomorrow, including a portable closet type of thing. It's made of stainless steel and looked like it would not be too hard to put together. I have a storage room that needs to be staged to suggest a closet, and this was only $49, so I snatched it up. All of the other closet units I found were over $200 and needed to be bolted into the wall, meaning they would need to stay. This one looked good, and since all I need was to suggest a closet, it will work out nicely. I also have some baskets and cool soaps etc coming. Crate and Barrel has some good deals on baskets today, so I have a few coming from there, too. I don't mind spending money on staging as much if I really like whatever it is I am buying and I can take it with me. For stuff that is staying, I really watch the budget.

I do have a few big jobs left to do, including painting several downstairs rooms, and my office is where we put all the stuff we couldn't get rid of from other rooms. Plus, it has my scrapbook studio stuff in it, so it will take a few days to go through that and pack it up. I need to go by my (work) office today and pick up more boxes. I am really not looking forward to packing up my studio/office, very daunting.

We have already cleaned out most of the closets, which is always more of a pain than I think it will be, so that is done, at least.

My plan is that we will only move stuff that I want to keep, and so I am forcing myself to decide right then and not pack stuff in a box just to not have to deal with the decision. We did a huge decluttering about 5 years ago, but my children are all grown now, so it's time to do even more. I am actually really enjoying the process. I pared down my clothes by about 50% and I think I can get rid of even more. My husband is doing the same, and the children have been working on that, too. It's a really good feeling. I'm tired of having my stuff sit around and collect dust, so I want to work toward an even more minimal style. I enjoy living this way; it's easier and much less stressful.

Geez! That was a novel. I'd be interested in checking out your favorite blogs--I have one that I found this past fall. She is a professional organizer and home stager and she did a 31-day series to get your house staged for sale. Here is a link to her pinterest page, where the individual blog posts are linked in reverse order: 31 days to a staged home


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Posted: 1/1/2013 12:33:36 PM
The facebook group is still running:

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Posted: 1/1/2013 7:33:40 PM
I really want to get more organized this year too! I have already been decluttering and Goodwilling a lot! Since getting rid of a lot of clutter and crap, it's been easier not to lose things.

One new year resolution is to stop taking other peoples clutter, junk, handouts of old stuff etc. well, I may have already broke it

Here's what happened today. Last week I cleaned out our garage really well. I brought a carload of stuff to Goodwill. It looks great. Our neighbor was also cleaning out their garage. They had a nice shelf out on the curb. It was in perfect condition. So I took it and it fits perfectly in out garage. I had stuff on the floor that now has a place.

Anyway I feel like it was a good find and doesn't add to the mess.

I love all the tips from the Peas! Thx for sharing.


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Posted: 1/1/2013 7:39:06 PM
Ooh, I love organizing! Thanks for this thread and all the tips everyone!

While the kids are on Christmas vacation and DH is home on vacation (but I'm still working, ha), I'm having them do the daily cleaning like dishes, etc. so I can get some organizing done. I've been doing one room per day and should be finished by the time they all go back

I'm also paying the kids to do time-consuming but easy jobs like getting my gift wraps/tissue, gift bags/ribbons area back in shape. Also straightening the pantry, Tupperware cabinet, office supply drawer, etc. It's a win-win ... they are bored and want spending $$ and I'm busy but need it all done - yeah!



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Posted: 1/1/2013 7:41:01 PM
Oh, and if anyone is looking to organize their scrapbooking, I started a new blog today that will help!

OrganizedScrapbooking.com

I hope you'll come visit. Let me know what topics and features you'd like to see ~ thanks!



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Posted: 1/1/2013 7:59:17 PM
Before I go to sleep at night...I imagine how beautiful my home could be if I could just get it organized and purge....

I have some clutter, but my DH is a packrat and it causes problems if I get rid of his stuff!

But I've learned that if I do only a little at a time...he won't notice. This is not "keepsake, meaningful stuff" but just crap he won't throw away. Like the extra parts from the package he bought to fix the toilet. Or the broken motor for the boat anchor. Or even the bag and receipt from something he bought! All that has been sitting in the garage for YEARS! And he stashes receipts and notes everywhere then never looks at them again....

My first plan is to stop surfing 2peas after 10 pm....and GO TO BED! I think I need more sleep but I hate to go to sleep and it takes me a while...so I plan to correct that issue.

Then more excersize...

both of those plans cut my time on 2peas...

But I need to do this.

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Posted: 1/1/2013 8:23:00 PM
I actually started my organizing this fall. It has been good, really good. I just finished taking down my tree and thinning out my Christmas decorations. Now everything fits in one area of the shelves of my basement. Sweet.

I have done both bathrooms and the next room is my extra bedroom. I moved all my work clothes in there when my youngest DS moved out and now he wants to return so...I have to move them again. Unfortunately it seems like my other clothes have expanded to fill all the empty space I had gained in the master bedroom. Who'd have thought?

So, I need to go through the clothes and move my work clothes back into my own closet. Bummer, I was enjoying all the closet space.


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Posted: 1/1/2013 8:25:54 PM
My plan is to get rid of crap. Let it be useful to someone else. They can organize it.

My #1 tip is to resist the urge to buy the storage containers pushed at this time of year. Get rid of what you don't need - don't stack it in plastic in your garage.

I'm at second round status. Having gone through the house once I'm now going again with a jaded eye toward what I felt I had to hold on to the first time.

Now if I can just let go of the idea that my castoffs are worth money and donate the crap .

I want to get to point where I know what is in every cranny and cupboard - and it is all meaningful or useful.

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Posted: 1/1/2013 9:54:01 PM
Knotlazy -- my DH is just like yours, but getting worse over time. I, on the other hand, like to purge and dump and keep a lean inventory. It's a bit stressful for us both, needless to say.

I've realized that one of my issues has become a reluctance to leave open space for my DH to fill with his junk. So -- cabinet in the kitchen is stuffed with those Glad leftover containers, to the point where I can't close the door. I purge it all down to what I really want/need/use, leaving a nice clean shelf, nothing on it. Next day, DH has filled it with assorted boxes and bottles, none of them of value or useful. It's like a visual demonstration of "nature abhors a vacuum", but it makes me very cranky.

Thus far, I've worked with each of my sons to clean and purge their bedrooms and bathrooms, their computer areas. We also purged Christmas stuff as we put things away, and I was able to reduce the collection by a bin, which makes me happy. I still need to go through the laundry room, furnace storage room, one hall closet, and the dread crafting room. Oh, yeah. Big storage unit in exercise room to go through too. Ugggh.



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Posted: 1/1/2013 10:31:50 PM
My house is so unorganized, it's not even funny! I have barely touched it since Christmas... the kids got so much stuff that I am just so overwhelmed with putting it all away (of finding somewhere to even put it).

I am going to start working on it tomorrow. I don't know how far I'll get, but I'm hoping to at least get the living room, kitchen and dining room in order. Then maybe the playroom done on Thursday, bedrooms Friday and maybe taking down the Christmas tree/decor over the weekend. That's my plan anyway. I don't know if I'll stick to it but I'm going to try! I have a lot of catching up to do!








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Posted: 1/2/2013 12:28:29 AM
I am going to take it one room at a time. We purged and organized the playroom this weekend and I was impressed with how much my girls were willing to part with this time around!

I'm going to work on the kitchen next. I ordered a bunch of extra spice jars from Penzey's and some Modular Mates from Tupperware (these are great for pantry organization and always on sale in January). When they come I'll get started on the cupboards! Can't wait.


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Posted: 1/2/2013 5:40:39 AM
Yay yay yay!!!! Bookmarking this thread!!! I have been a luker for too long-changing that this year! And I am taking back control of my house! No longer will cotter overwhelm me!
I already startedI sorted thru the girl's school papers with a ruthless eye and put them in the hanging file plastic tubs I purchased at the start of 2012 , yes a year ago.
Hoping to get a small project done each day. And each room totally organized.
I also checked out bowl full of lemons, think this may help me stay on track.
Loving everyones ideas! Keep them coming!


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Posted: 1/2/2013 5:48:33 AM
Our home is "fairly" organized and decluttered.

I started reading your thread thinking I would have a solid B+.

So dang it - why'd you have to step on toes and start with the master closet?

My closet looks neat but most of the clothes are things I haven't worn in years (and can't or won't wear). I don't understand why I won't let them go. I have absolutely no attachment to those clothes.

I'm heading out of town to help my dad for the day but I'm going to think about this. Hopefully tonight, I'll be able to take the clothes off the hangers and run them over to GoodWill. I swear it would take 15 minutes.


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Posted: 1/2/2013 5:48:47 AM
Hi to all the ladies. I am so excited that so many of you are starting, continuing or wrapping up you 1st stage of organizing.

I managed to get the bathroom cabinet (underneath done) and then decided I needed to make it a dad and family day. We all needed to be together due to it being the 1st day my mom was in a home. Dad started decluttering her stuff and extra food and supplies that he wouldn't use. He asked us girls - myself, DD, DIL to come over and take what we wanted and what we don't will be given to charity or tossed (if partially used).

Today I head back to work - put last load of laundry in dryer and that finishes that. Need to clean kitchen and empty dishwasher. Then if time allows will start back on the bathroom.

I made labels for each of the bins and need to attach them.

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Posted: 1/2/2013 6:36:31 AM
My goal is to get rid of at least 52 garbage bags full of stuff this year (in addition to the regular trash) by either donating, selling, or throwing away things I don't need. I also want to get my meal planning/recipes organized. I just need to figure out a system that works for me on that.

Today the kids go back to school and DH goes back to work so I will be alone and able to work uninterrupted. I'm going to meal plan for the rest of the week and then work on the basement.

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Posted: 1/2/2013 7:32:39 AM
Well, I met my goal for yesterday, which was to clean out the storage closet under the stairs and stage it. I went to pick up boxes at my office in town and when I got back, my daughter had the whole closet emptied out and most of the shelves wiped down. I got in there and did the bottom part, baseboards and floor, and then we loaded it back up. This closet holds toilet paper, paper towels, extra soap/toothpaste/shampoo/deodorant, that sort of thing. I also had a big basket full of seldom-worn shoes and various other bits and pieces, but most of that is going out the door, being packed, or located elsewhere. I wanted to empty the big shoe basket to put it under one of my end tables in the living room, so that took care of one big thing. I also had a bunch of beginning-of-the-year school supplies stored there, so we packed most of them away. Then I put a bunch back in there, but now that I think about it -- I am not going to need them anytime soon, so I think I will pack that stuff, too. It's mostly pens and pencils. The closet is now probably about half empty. I am probably going to switch out some of the plastic shoe boxes for baskets but I don't want to buy anything new for that, so I will have to see what is available after I pack up my office.

The dump opens at 8:00 and I have the SUV this week (my husband usually takes it to our future hometown during the week but this week he took my teeny car), so I'm thinking about loading up and making a dump run. I would say I have at least one good SUV-load of stuff. I probably have two carloads of storage unit stuff, since we are relocating Christmas there.

After that, I probably should bite the bullet and get started on my office. It is so crammed with stuff I can hardly move in there. A good part of it is my kitchen flooring, which will obviously take care of itself once we get that done. Then there is a good-sized teak vanity and an ottoman that are going upstairs to stage a closet. That should clear out quite a bit of the big stuff. I am going to be packing or getting rid of pretty much every item in my studio, though, so that's going to be a job. I sold a bunch of it last fall but I could have done more with that--we may start some sale boxes so I can get rid of more that way. I would say the office is probably a good two days' worth of work to go through and toss/make a sell pile/pack. It is ALL going, though. I love my studio, but it is not going to show well. I have to leave the room as an office because I work at home, but that should be a fairly easy proposition once I move the scrapbooky/rubber stamp stuff out. I already miss it!

I guess I am off to load the car for the dump run. WOOO! I love the dump!


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Posted: 1/2/2013 8:10:36 AM

I cut out only the layouts that I just LOVED and knew I would "scraplift". Stuff that fit my style of scrapping. Same for the card and quilting magazines. Then I went into my cardstock stash. I had a big handful of papers that had been given to me, or had been in paper pads that I would never use in scrapbooking but they made perfect additions to my scrapping/card idea books. I cut the papers to fit, punched holes and used my tape runner to adhere the pics I'd cut out.
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I am passing on shower gel, body lotions, sample shampoo/conditioner to my DD and DIL as they have campers and these things are great for there.
OMG, why didn't I think of that? I have a ton of shampoo/conditioner samples (the kind in the little pouch where you tear off a corner to open). I never use them because they are tossed into a drawer and by the time I think about them, I'm already in the shower. They will be going into the trailer as soon as we get it out of storage!

My #1 tip is for my clothes closet. Every year during the week between Christmas & New Year, I take all my hanging clothes and hang them with the hangers facing me (the hook part). Then as I wear things throughout the year, I put them back on the hanger with the hook facing the wall. At the end of the year, anything still facing me obviously hasn't been worn all year and can be donated. I've done this for about the past 3 years and it has really made my closet more manageable.

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Posted: 1/2/2013 8:28:27 AM
I find that I need to start with smaller things (drawers, linen closet, medicine cabinet, etc.) to get in the groove before hitting larger projects such as clothes closet, office, or scrap room.

I find that I am more in the purging mood and it is easier for me to get rid of things when it comes time for the larger projects.

My battle in the kitchen is that my son and husband just shove the plastic containers and pots and pans in the cabinets just willy nilly as long as the door will close, it's good.

And in the pantry, they just off load the cans and boxes where ever, if there is a space, there it goes.

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Posted: 1/2/2013 8:29:34 AM
I definitely need to do this. I'm from a family of pack rats, and lean that way myself, but I'm getting more minimalist/annoyed by clutter as I get older.

We made a good start last year, but then it fell by the wayside and things have got cluttered again.

The areas I need to focus on are the bedrooms, bathroom and craft room. The kitchen could use some work too, especially as I'm planning on cooking & baking more this year (DH currently does all that).

I hate our bathroom when it comes to organising. It's small and pretty cramped, and there is no built in storage except a couple of corner shelves above the bath. Most things get piled up on the windowsill, or in a horrible set of wicker drawers we've squeezed in around the pedestal. We're hoping to reconfigure it sometime soonish, and we'd definitely add some better storage when we do, but need to save some money first!

I had a fairly good clear out of my wardrobe last time round, but I still think I can reduce my clothes by another 20%. Shoes too, if I'm being ruthless I can probably cut those nearer in half.

I've started wearing more makeup in the last year, so I need to get a good system going for that before the collection gets too big.

We have several drawers of 'miscellaneous' junk in the bedrooms, and those are a priority to sort through.

We also have two full bookshelves in the spare room, and I need to get brutal about that. Take a real hard look at what I want to keep, and if any of those can go into loft storage rather than being on shelves.

The craft room, well I won't even go into that yet

Oh, and we also have a big pile of things from the last clear-out waiting to be sold. They have to leave my house one way or the other sooner rather than later.

I'm not going to be overambitious about this, as that always leads to failure. We rarely have the energy to do much more than eat dinner, watch a little TV and surf the net/read a book when we get home in the evenings, so I'll be setting myself moderate weekly targets to focus on at the weekends. If I manage to spend 15 minutes here or there during the week so much the better.

This weekend we'll be taking down the Christmas decorations, so I'll have a sort through of the unused ones to see if any of those can go. I'll also tackle the baking cupboard in the kitchen.


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Posted: 1/2/2013 8:46:38 AM
I'm so thankful for this thread. Thank you Hale Boppity Bop Bop Bop!

My problem is I'm messy. I've always been messy. I never toss paper like I should. Grocery receipts accumulate in various places. I have mobility difficulties and use that as an excuse when it's really not that bad. I put things down instead of putting them away. I'll toss todays jacket over the back of the sofa as I pass. Where it joins yesterday's jacket and the day before's.

Yesterday I was off work and instead of organizing something I read all day! All day! Hi, my name is Georgia and I'm a mess.

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Posted: 1/2/2013 9:09:10 AM
Love the advice to start with the master closet.

I already do the hanger truck but still hold on to backup and "B List" clothing. I am going through with an eye toward only what feels fabulous to wear - what I
feel good in. I have no idea why I think I need to keep just "okay" clothing.

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Posted: 1/2/2013 9:14:17 AM
I love this thread, too! I loaded up my car with stuff for the dump and it will definitely take two loads at this point. I anticipate another load later, after I clear out my studio/office, but we are probably toward the end of our "dump run" times. One of my issues is that this is a "one can town," meaning that you have to fit your trash in the one can that comes with your house. They may have a once-a-month pickup for household stuff or something along those lines, but I have never seen anyone do that, so I'm guessing probably not. I have been trying to be proactive and filling the can each week with stuff as I have gone along--I have been at this for a while, painting and doing house prep, etc., so there is a lot of trash that comes just with that. During the week there are just three of us here, so there is often about half a can left in the garbage can. I have been trying to fill that up as we go.

In looking at the stuff in the car as I wait for the dump to open (I double checked and the one I want to go to doesn't open until 9:30), I have to say that at least half of it represented deferred decisions--things we could have gotten rid of a few years ago but decided not to for whatever reason. There is an old broken karaoke player from 12 years ago, an old cruddy filing cabinet that we haven't needed in at least 6 years, two laundry sorters that were never as useful as I imagined they would be but are now too crappy to pass on to goodwill--that sort of thing. I don't want this crap cluttering my house--and my life--any longer. I'm going to really work at not repeating this illogical pattern, too.

It's kind of discouraging in a way that we are going to end up discarding so much stuff when we went through our house about 5 years ago and really decimated it (after having decimated it before, when we moved in 2005). I feel like we should have less stuff to throw away.

On the other hand, we have gone through kind of a major life shift since 2007, with all three children grown and in college. I guess there would be an offloading of stuff at that point no matter how much paring down a person did as she went. I do recognize that a lot of the stuff going out the door is stuff we have accumulated in the last 5-7 years. For some reason, I am more okay with that stuff leaving than the stuff that has been sitting around, unused, forever. Some of the stuff, too, has been stuff my daughter collected in her apartment but no longer wants. She has moved back home while she finishes her degree this spring. She's been quite good about getting rid of what she knows she will no longer use, and seemed to recognize that I don't want to house her stuff at this point in my life. She did bring a sectional that is new and that we are actually using upstairs, and she had a new bed and a pretty nice piece of art that she wanted to keep, so we stored those things. I think that's pretty good, really.

Anyway, the dump will open soon so I am off to scoop the cat litter and offload my detritus.... When I get back from the second trip, it will be time for a storage unit load. I have a full carload of Christmas stuff and a few other boxes all ready to go. Then I am going to tackle the office/studio. Yuck!


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Posted: 1/2/2013 9:57:14 AM
I'm starting on the craft room (again) but I also need to organize my filing area. These two are the worse. Then I just need to purge half of what I own/collect.


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Posted: 1/2/2013 10:42:18 AM
I re-orged my pantry before Christmas so that has been helpful - we tend to pick up the same stuff at the grocery store, as a result, I have 5 bottles of buffalo wing sauce (but I have no chicken wings, LOL)

I desperately need to clean out my master bathroom cabinet, and closet, as well as under the sinks. My plan is to throw stuff, but I also want to put one of those over the door organizers on the bathroom closet door, so that I can "see" what I have for shampoo/toiletries, etc.

I've already sort of started on my master bedroom closet. It ends up being the dumping ground for stuff. And the clothes, OMG - I lost a bunch of weight, got rid of fat clothes, had a fabulous wardrobe, and then gained weight back, so I have a ton of stuff that I cannot wear in there.
I feel like if I donate it, then I'm giving up my weight loss goals, so I want to keep it.
My plan is to sort it out, by size, and store in my attic....and bring down to shop from as I lose weight.

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Posted: 1/2/2013 2:08:46 PM
Loving this thread!

I'm in the zone right with you guys. In fact, this past weekend I posted all I was doing on my FB and people were cheering me on, it was so funny!

I have a thing about starting the NY in a clean, organized and fresh smelling house. I take down the decorations, mop, scrub, wash linens, empty drawers, you name it. I do it all the week between Xmas and New Years so NY day the house is immaculate. It is so..renewing to me!

I do this *every* year so I plan on it. For instance, I knew in early December the big clean up was coming, so I scheduled a special large item pick up with our trash service (they haul curbside 4 large items a year). I had them take our old sofas, an old pre HD days tv, and a computer desk. Oh joy, they are out of my house and garage!

I took all Christmas down. It's all prepped and ready to go for next Christmas. I make a list at each take down of what I'm going to be needing (like last year I inventoried all my burned out lights to replace, etc). I keep that list on my iphone notepad, so I don't forget when it comes time to shop. I need to do an wrapping paper inventory and do the pack up still. This year I finally ran out of a lot so I need an inventory list made for next year.

I also started a new box this year, I named the "Christmas Crumbs" box.

It never fails after I have everything packed and put back up, I find at least a dozen bits and pieces that should have made the pack. This year, it was a piece of the artificial tree (the part that wraps around the lower pole to conceal it), a battery from one of the Hallmark ornaments (put that in a coin envelope and wrote down the ornament name that it goes to), and a few other little things. I put them all in a box, and that's going to sit on the garage shelf.

In the past, those things would wind up cluttering the house, and inevitably I'm sure some gets lost or tossed because I don't want to get up to the attic to put in in the 'correct' tote bin or box. Just never happens. So this will be part of my Christmas pack away from now on. Planned forgotten item box! yay!

I've gone through Dahlia's dresser drawers. It seems like she outgrew everything at once! There is a little girl at her school that takes her hand me downs, so those bags are all filled and ready to go come back to school on Monday for the handoff. I've made a list on my phone of all her new wardrobe needs so when things go on sale, I'll know she needs more tee shirts and a couple more jeans, etc.

We always do the toy clean up prior to Christmas, so I don't have to worry about where to store the new toys, thank goodness.

Thankfully, my scraproom is mostly done, as far as supplies/organiztion goes. However, my big tackle this year is my digi photo and I HAVE to print pictures. I even have a nice digi frame I bought back in like MAY that still hasn't been loaded because I haven't sat down at the computer long enough to decide which to load! It really is my biggest task I have to do. Go through those pictures, load up to print, so I actually have some new material to scrap with.

I also have to get Dahlia's school books done. She's in 1st grade now and I've barely finished preschool. I need to nail down a system and stick to it. I do have BH's old school kits so I'm fine with using those. I just have to get a weekend picked to do it and go. Definitely on my to do for this month.

I made a Pinterest board for myself of the perfect planners. I'm excited I found one I think will work for me and I'm waiting for it to be delivered. I think I'll start a Planner Love thread

I love how this thread has become a 'brain dump' for us..Seanna, you crack me up. Love the inspiration! Let's keep checking in and keep this thread going!

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Posted: 1/2/2013 2:20:39 PM
oh Yvonne....would love a link to your Pinterest board! You already seem light years ahead of me!

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Posted: 1/2/2013 3:44:15 PM
I need to work on our pictures and memory boxes. Our closets and cabinets are usually organized because I can't stand clutter! I will probably work on the containers while watching tv.

If only I could get the rest of my family to get rid of the stuff they don't use. They are packrats! haha

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Posted: 1/2/2013 4:10:05 PM
Yvonne you are the wind beneath my wings!

Your theory of starting the New Year fresh was shared with me by my aunt re: my grandmother. How you start the NY is how you will be all year. I aim for a clean house, bills paid, money in the pocket - and in the bank, ample food, ample friends, and family love It's a great way to be any time of year, but makes so much sense to me in our climate when we have so much time spent indoors this time of year.

Inspired by my 13 yo DDs enthusiasm we tackled my 15 yo hoarders bedroom. It's already a fresher space and makes more sense. We have some great items to donate, and feel like when he has items that suit his interests - they have somewhere to go.



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Posted: 1/2/2013 4:40:02 PM
okay so I just went back and edited my very much 'brain dump' previous post..I hit send before I edited, omg that was terrible! Sorry you had to struggle through that, it's all fixed now guys!




Yvonne you are the wind beneath my wings!


I've never been told that one before, lol, thank you! Hahaha! I'm SO like your grandmother! I'll confess even further and admit that I actually go and buy new Downey, you know that fancy Lavender Vanilla one to launder the sheets, and burn a new Yankee Candle on NY day too! After all those fally/spicy/Christmasy scents I burn a fresher floral that I save specially for NY. Kinda like Sageing (sp??) the house without that nasty sage burny smell.. . Scent is very important to me. The house has to *be clean*, *look clean* AND *smell clean*!

Ashwyness, I'll send you a pmail with a link to my Planner Love board, sure! I'll do it later this evening



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Posted: 1/2/2013 5:10:51 PM
I am very inspired by all the posts on this thread! The past 6 years have been a whirlwind with helping my college daughter and taking care of our elderly parents. My DH has been struggling to keep his business afloat and isn't any help with anything else and he is a packrat. There are many things I've let go through the past few years.

But now, both my kids are moved out and on their own so I'm slowly going through all the "stuff" that I've saved along the way. With the passing of my grandparents in the past 15 years, I've inherited a bunch of their "stuff" that is sentimental....but not really something I'll use or display. I'm making some very difficult decisions to get rid of some of these things that are just taking up space in my home.

I haven't done anything creative in 3 years.. I'm ready to creat something...I have many pics that need to be printed and put into scrapbooks. I have tons of file on my computer that aren't organized.

I have a new DSLR that I need to learn, and an editing program I need to learn too.

I need to get off 2Peas and do stuff...but y'all are always so entertaining and educational!

Yvonne...I'd love to follow your pinterest boards...my daughter is a planner-o-holic...she loves them and I'd love to share ideas with her.

Tomorrow...I'll begin with working in the garage. DH won't even miss what I'm going to toss. There is crap in there that he hasn't looked at in 20 years.

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In the past, those things would wind up cluttering the house, and inevitably I'm sure some gets lost or tossed because I don't want to get up to the attic to put in in the 'correct' tote bin or box. Just never happens. So this will be part of my Christmas pack away from now on. Planned forgotten item box! yay!


Brilliant!

I like that you plan for your New Year fresh start, Yvonne. Very cool.

I am just now sitting back down. We ended up making THREE trips to the dump with a very full SUV each time. For some dumb reason, I decided to look in the storage shed that I never look in and O M G. It was discouraging. But, not anymore because we dealt with it. The only stuff left in there now makes sense--some big tools, a lawn edger thing, a hollywood bed frame and some headboards and camp chairs. I can live with that. It all needs to be de-cobwebbed in there but we went through 90% of it (thus the extra load of stuff to the dump). Christmas is all completely eradicated and in the storage unit. I think I am going to have to break down and rent another one, though. The storage guys talked me into the smallest size and I should have listened to my gut and gotten the 10 x 15 size. I still have to store all the boxes from my office studio, and I think there will be at least 50. Small boxes (like the kind 10 reams of copy paper comes in) but still. Maybe I'm wrong and it's not 50 but I feel like that is realistic. We'll see. There's no way I can get 50 more boxes in that storage unit. I do have another place I can store them in the house that would probably be ok, but I really wanted to totally stage this place with mostly empty closets and absolutely no clutter beyond what is totally necessary. I could probably fit 20 more boxes in the storage unit if we did some reworking. Maybe I just need to donate a bunch of stuff. I dunno. We'll see. It's really the last place with a lot of clutter/stuff left in the house. We've even packed up/gotten rid of half of what was in the kitchen at this point. It's a great feeling.

Tomorrow is office/studio and a Goodwill trip. If I get the office done tomorrow, Friday will hopefully be doing the closet behind the laundry room (it's big, 8x16), which is already halfway done now that we got the Christmas stuff stored at the storage unit instead of in there, and then hopefully carpet shampooing. My daughter is doing that for me, so as long as everything is cleared out enough, she should be able to handle that by herself.

After that, there will be painting, tweaking, more staging--I've done some along the way, and some mulching outside and then I think the place might finally be ready. GEEZ this is such a pain in the butt.


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Posted: 1/2/2013 6:39:59 PM
Apartment Therapy is starting their annual organizing/decluttering/cleaning series called the apartment cure. It works for houses also, of course...the website got its start as a resource for people living in small apartments in New York. I think it's 8 weeks long and to keep you motivated they have you hold a housewarming party at the end. I've never done the whole thing, but I always pick up a few tips from it.

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Posted: 1/2/2013 7:41:40 PM
Knot lazy I understand that feeling of having items that have memories and sentiment - but we are not curators of the family history museum. If it helps, I take copious photos, close-ups, etc. Document the history, the memories, etc and then let the object go. I still have the trigger for the memories. I just don't have to keep every last dresser and vase in order to evoke the sentiment behind it.



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Posted: 1/3/2013 7:52:30 AM
I have been saving toilet paper and paper towel rolls. When I repacked the Christmas garland and lights, I wrapped them around a paper towel roll. Kept them from getting tangled and easier to store.

I also use the toilet paper rolls for holding extension and computer cords. I did not cover mine, but you can decorate them if you want.

I am using baskets and boxes that I already had to organize with. Go to http://thethriftygroove.blogspot.com/ as she has tons of neat ideas for using what you have.

Just for the record I did buy some plastic baskets from the $ Tree to use under the bathroom and kitchen sinks as well as a couple of other areas.

I have my purses, belts and scarves hung in the closet using shower rings - these are just some of the ideas that came to mind. If you don't have the room to hang the purses in your closet - try adding a towel bar to the end of your closet.







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Posted: 1/3/2013 8:29:20 AM
I just remembered that DH and I cleaned and organized our pantry last month! That makes me feel better about the state of my house. It still looks good, even after a month and the holidays. I think I've finally convinced him that we do not need to stock pile food. It's so much easier to find when we just have what we need, plus staples.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 10:20:40 AM

Knot lazy I understand that feeling of having items that have memories and sentiment - but we are not curators of the family history museum. If it helps, I take copious photos, close-ups, etc. Document the history, the memories, etc and then let the object go. I still have the trigger for the memories. I just don't have to keep every last dresser and vase in order to evoke the sentiment behind it.




Thank you, writermom1. You are right. I am going to make it my goal this year to unclutter some of the things that are just taking up space because they were given to me by my parents/grandparents. I feel like "their" stuff is suffocating me. I need to make my house more "me".

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Posted: 1/3/2013 11:36:14 AM
oh Yvonnne....I would love a link to your Planner board too!

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Posted: 1/3/2013 11:48:27 AM
Today: Two girls are upstairs putting together a couple of shelving units that I bought a while back, plus the closet shelving. They are cleaning out the room and trashing stuff, too. The third girl is currently at Goodwill with a small pile of stuff but should be back soon. They also have packed 2-3 boxes of books to donate to their former high school for a program one of the teachers has started to encourage more reading. Those should go out the door today as well.

Got kind of a late start today but I am getting ready to go into the office/studio. When the Goodwill girl comes back she will be in there helping me. She is actually the best choice for this job because she digs all this stuff more than the other two.

I got about 7 boxes from Amazon yesterday. All but one are packed with stuff and ready to go to storage. Amazon sends stuff in cool-sized boxes, often quite large, so it's awesome to get stuff I need and then turn around and use the boxes (and packing) for stuff I need to pack. They sent a jar of lotion and some chapstick in a box big enough to pack some kitchen stuff in, yay. If you've priced moving boxes recently, you know that's like getting a couple of bucks free, especially when you factor in the packing materials like bubble wrap or those air bubble things. I've been ordering as much as possible this way and saving all that stuff. I should get a few more boxes today, plus some from Crate and Barrel. I don't mind spending money on house prep if it's something I will be taking to my next house, like baskets and that sort of thing. It's the fixtures and repairs that kinda make me cringe a little...

Anyway, now I am just procrastinating. I am off to dive into the office mess. Definitely have not been looking forward to it...


When I went to edit my signature, the "Edit Signature" title was spelled wrong. So that was distracting and I forgot what I wanted my new signature to be.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 12:14:52 PM
Something else I did last year. I had a jewelry cabinet that MIL didn't use any more and she gave it to me. It had 4 drawers, two with ring holders and two with spaces for bracelets. Then there were two side doors that you hung necklaces on. Well, I've got a bunch of them, but found I wasn't wearing them because they were all in that jewelry cabinet. (probably why MIL gave it to me!)

Anyway, I live in a double wide mobile home and the walls aren't painted in the traditional sense (except for my bedroom) but they do have a tiny bit of texture. I'm fortunate to have a long walk-in closet in my bedroom. One wall and the back wall has the clothes racks. The other wall was just wasted space - UNTIL - I bought several packs of those small Command hooks. I bought the clear. I probably have 35 hooks on that wall with all of my necklaces hanging on it. Then I purchased a hanging, double-sided jewelry organizer web page similar to this. All of my earrings, bracelets and pins are in that. It is also hanging on the wall with a Command hook. Now I can SEE my jewelry and since I'm standing right in my closet, I pick at a glance what I want to wear with what outfit.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 5:05:51 PM
Thanks to this thread my garage is in a semi-disorganized mess!!!

I have to park my car in there tonight cause I washed it today and don't want my doors to freeze shut--so that's my motivation to keep truckin'!!!
Just takin a little sit down break before I get back at it!!
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