Let's get organized in 2013
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Posted: 1/3/2013 6:00:51 PM
I'm so ready to start getting organized when I finish putting away CHristmas stuff. I am starting in my craft closet and purge, purge, purge. I'm going to sell supplies in a lot on Facebook.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 7:01:13 PM
Metal dancer - great jewelry organizer idea!



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Posted: 1/4/2013 4:49:23 AM
Couldn't sleep so I am up early and getting ready to tackle the linen closet after I finish my first cup of coffee.

Love the purging and tossing and organizing.







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Posted: 1/4/2013 5:51:58 AM
Planning to tackle a pare down of the master closet.

Putting this out there to see if I stick with it.



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Posted: 1/4/2013 6:47:38 AM
Finished the guest linen closet and bathroom. I now have 1 - 1/2 empty shelves in my linen closet! WOO HOO.

I bought a trunk at Goodwill a couple of weeks ago to use as a coffee table - so I put all the blankets that were in the linen closet in it. That freed up 1 shelf then I organized and tossed from the rest that was left and that left 1/2 shelf and the floor of the closet is empty also.

On to master closets.

BTW - my garage looks like someone threw up in it. It is a mess - but at least it is behind closed doors while I work through this.

Hoping to hear something on the house today.

*****UPDATE 10am*****

Finished the 2 closets in the master bedroom. Took stuff to the rooms where they will have home and put away, donate stuff to garage (which by the way is a total mess).

Forgot to take before pictures - but have some after to get uploaded and then will share.

Off to shower and get ready for work







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Posted: 1/4/2013 6:39:40 PM
Fun thread!

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Posted: 1/4/2013 6:52:28 PM
I've got the pantry, the upright freezer and all the kitchen cabinets organized and cleaned out. Now what does one person do with 5 bottles of ketchup when I only put ketchup on burgers....which I eat at home only during the summer?

The garage was completed several weeks ago.

The home office and my makeup (lots of it) are scheduled for this weekend.

My big project is scanning all of my 25 books of paper scrapbook pages and getting those books to my kids. That will clear up tons of space in the garage (the books are currently in big rubbermaid containers on shelves).





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Posted: 1/5/2013 5:38:39 AM
I am starting again this morning - I will be working on a couple of projects. More on that later .... first coffee and bible reading.







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Posted: 1/5/2013 7:00:25 AM
You have motivated me to clean out my fridge and under the bathroom sink- thank you!

Lauren- a food bank would love some ketchup or maybe even your closest neighbor with a few kids!



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Posted: 1/5/2013 10:02:53 AM

Now what does one person do with 5 bottles of ketchup when I only put ketchup on burgers....which I eat at home only during the summer?



If they are all unopened, keep one and the rest can go to a food pantry as someone suggested. You definitely only need one.

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We had another productive day yesterday, although we only made one trip to the storage unit. Today we have enough stuff for another run to the dump, plus enough to make it worth setting up a burn pile.

I am still not done with my office/studio, but I only spent about 3 hours on it yesterday. I think I can finish it up today.

We also have people coming from the Freecycle ad I posted, and they will be picking up two TVs and a 25 cf commercial freezer that we no longer need. I cannot tell you how excited I am to finally get rid of this freezer. I have been planning a "mud room" area where it currently lives, even have the seat with cubbies and cushion for the area, as well as a matching shelf to go up above. I even have the baskets for the cubbies. Most of the cushions I could find that would work were at least $75, but then I found a dog bed, of all things, that was the perfect size and colors, and it was only $20 on a Crate and Barrel clearance about 6 months ago. All this stuff has been waiting for the freezer to go away, so it's very exciting. I felt like I needed to hang onto the freezer through Christmas, but now we are good to go. Yay! When we emptied it yesterday and also cleaned out our kitchen fridge freezer, all of the stuff EASILY fit into the fridge freezer. I did have a turkey left over that I put in my mom's freezer (she lives with us but has her own space including a kitchen), but honestly it could have fit in mine just as easily. It felt great to empty them out and clean them, then organize the fridge freezer. I don't think I will really need a separate freezer again unless we start buying sides of beef or something.

The closet behind the washer/dryer has been completely emptied, the closet unit put together, and the rug has been shampooed. It looks terrific in there. I originally was going to store all my luggage in that room, but we went through it and tossed the ones with messed up zippers or bent frames and then decided to take the rest to the storage unit instead. If we weren't selling the house, it would be a perfect place for it.

My daughter went through and packed/trashed/bagged for Goodwill all of her remaining clothes, so her stuff is all officially out of here. Her twin pretty much did that already last fall, so I just have one left who needs to get serious about it and then their clothes will all be handled. She does live here, so it's a little different for her. The other two are off at college and it's easier for them to do it. I need to make another run through my stuff and so does my husband. I don't really plan to pack more than a box of my clothes. I plan to just keep paring it down until all I have is what I wear and what fits/is in good shape.

We are also at the point where I am packing towels to go to the storage unit. It all needs to be done eventually, so now's the time. I am keeping all white towels to use for staging the house, and then everybody gets two towels (each), period. I probably have at least two dozen white towels, so there will still be plenty in the house--I just need them to be left alone while we use our two towels, heh. I find that having too many towels leads to too many piles of them in bedrooms and that's going to be unacceptable once the house goes on the market. During the week, it's just me and one child around here anyway. So the plan is to finish washing whatever is dirty, set aside 10 bath towels and all the white ones, and start using the others for cushioning/packing some of the stuff that needs it. I have a few blankets that need to go in the same direction. I kept 4 and wrapped them in kraft paper, then tied them with baker's twine and labeled them and they are in my laundry room closet in case we need them. I only want white comforters for all the beds--everything else needs to disappear. I thought up the kraft paper thing one day when I realized I have this huge roll of kraft paper that was just sitting there. Now I use it for all kinds of stuff. It's very useful.

The family is starting to comment that more of the house is packed up than not, and that is what I want to hear. It's such a tremendous amount of work but it needs to be done anyway, so we might as well do it now rather than wait until the last minute and live in chaos.

In the back of my mind I have been worried about what we are going to do if the house doesn't sell despite all of this preparation, organizing, cleaning, and polishing up of everything. What if it's still on the market at Christmas time 2013? Then I realized that if that happens, we will just go somewhere and have Christmas there and not worry about setting everything up and dragging stuff back out of storage.

Another thing I am also doing that was scary at first but now is awesome and fun and liberating: I have been tossing cords, chargers and cables to stuff. I am sure most of it is for computers/laptops/phones/ipods we don't even have anymore, but for some reason we were hanging onto the cords. So ridiculous. If I know it's been sitting inside a container or drawer for more than a year without anyone needing it, it goes out. If by chance I have tossed one that somebody needs, that is what Ebay is for. I probably filled two or three grocery sacks with that crap because I've always been hesitant to toss it in the past and it just keeps on piling up. Yay, bye!

OK now I am procrastinating. Time to get going. I will report back so Yvonne can read this later.


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Posted: 1/5/2013 10:06:01 AM
I decided to start with the walk-in pantry. After starting yesterday, I finished this morning. Step 1!

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Posted: 1/5/2013 10:17:06 AM
Oooh I just remembered that I took a photo of the linen closet after I gutted it and reloaded it. It's not completely done because I am going to roll up some more white towels and put them in there, and there was a wicker laundry basket on the floor that I took out and replaced with another basket that I will put rolled up white towels in. I moved the baskets around some, too. I also need to label the tags now that I have finally uncovered my white gel pens in my office/studio.




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Posted: 1/5/2013 11:48:03 AM
Looks great Seanna. Don't you love when closets look like that.

And I think I'll give the next door neighbors a gift of ketchup...lots of ketchup.






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Posted: 1/5/2013 1:10:03 PM
Like the Closet Seanna. Good Job!

I have hit an emotional wall today. I went over to my parents house and dad has started removing stuff he will not use. I brought 8 boxes home to go through and put in the yard sale stuff not wanted.

Then my sugar level went way down - so I quickly ate something then to a 10 minute nap.

I am back at it and trying to find a suitable tablescape for my coffee table. No sure if what I have is what I want. Will keep playing with it.







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Posted: 1/5/2013 1:35:18 PM
I made myself get rid of two articles of clothing.

Every time I walk in my closet (and the closet looks fine - not crowded - organized, etc.) I make myself look at everything and at least ask myself "why?" I can't get rid of the things that are just hanging there.

I should get busy sewing some things I can wear. I don't think the "one in - one out" principle would bug me in the least.

It's motivating to read what everyone else is doing!


Mary




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Posted: 1/5/2013 1:39:03 PM

I have been tossing cords, chargers and cables to stuff. I am sure most of it is for computers/laptops/phones/ipods we don't even have anymore, but for some reason we were hanging onto the cords. So ridiculous. If I know it's been sitting inside a container or drawer for more than a year without anyone needing it, it goes out


So true. That's one thing I worked on last year when we were having a bit of a purge. I labelled all the cords I could identify, and what we had left over all went into a box. It's labelled "Spare Cables, December '12" which means that anything left in there has been untouched since December '11 and can now be disposed of. I'm going to do that right now


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Posted: 1/5/2013 5:01:14 PM
Jennyap the way you label and date chords is inspired! Thanks for sharing.

What I do now is label all new cables in hopes of having the mystery cables eradicated.



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Posted: 1/5/2013 5:21:41 PM
Well, I had a little change of plan. The daughter who likes to help me lift heavy stuff went back to school this afternoon and I still had a few heavy-lifting tasks, so we did that instead. We moved my dining room table to the storage unit, and moved a dining room table my in-laws gave me downstairs and put it in its place. Well, the other two daughters did that one; it's not that heavy. My dining room table is a heavy medium-color wood table, but the in-laws' table is an old, 60s whitish table with yellowish legs and chairs, and it's going into the sunroom, which is all light and airy and full of windows--it looks much better there than my table. I already covered the seat cushions to update them back last summer, so that's done.

We also got together the stuff to make a dump run and I showed my husband the wonder of our local dump. He agreed.

Then we got stuff going on the burn pile, so that is done as well.

We also completely went through these plastic storage shelves in the carport area. The shelves need to go to the storage unit, so we had to go through all the crap and nonsense that piles up on those. Got it down to just cans of paint, and as soon as I go through those and fill mason jars with leftover paint that is still good/still painted on the walls in the house and label it, that's going to the dump, too. Luckily, our dump is one of the ones that takes old paint. Yay!

Best of all, we got rid of the TVs and freezer I put on Freecycle this week. Yay!

I guess tomorrow will be the day my office/studio gets finished up. I am ok with that. We got so much other stuff done--amazing how much we did in a week. I will take more photos when more gets done. We are definitely getting close to the end. It's been a long haul, but when we get to our next place, we are going to be in great shape to keep it all organized, and unpacking should be much easier, too.

ETA: Thanks for the "attagirls" on the closet!


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Posted: 1/5/2013 6:30:13 PM
So I am almost finished organizing my closet/dresser and bathroom area.

1) Got rid of some used clothing(mainly old yoga pants, jeans, T-shirts, shoes)by giving them to the housekeeper (she sends them to people in need in Nicaragua).

2) consolidated my toiletries and made a list of extras so that I don't keep thinking, "I need a toothbrush" every time I go to the store when in fact I have several packs of toothbrushes. This happens to me with toiletries especially. So now I have a list of what I have and will not need for a while.

3) finally consolidated all my loofahs into one box. I'm obssessed with natural loofahs from my country and people bring them for me when the travel there.

4) threw away old stuff that I don't need/doesn't work.

ETA:

5) Bought a 36-pack of microfiber towels for the kitchen and made the housekeeper throw the old ones out.

6) I did the same thing with the cleaning towels upstairs, and my eyeglass cleaning stuff (see post #2). I have a "thing" with dirty glasses (meaning I'm obsessed with cleaning mine) and so I tend to buy microfiber cloths like people buy, I dunno, snacks. So I bought 2 professional lens cleaning cloths and gave all my other ones for the housekeeper to wash and use to clean the house.

7) Purged my office at work, which was fabulous.

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Posted: 1/5/2013 8:00:47 PM
halebop....so glad I found this thread. Thank you for sharing your experience and your knowledge, but OMG.... you are intimidating me...


You seem to work as fast as they do in a tv hour minus commercials. I'm starting with a small hall closet. Too much overwhelms me into paralyzation.




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Posted: 1/5/2013 8:58:56 PM
Am lovin this thread! Thx! My favorite thing about the new year is I love to recommit reorganize etc.

Just finished deep cleaning the house for Christmas so now I can really get into it.

Garage needs it the worst but its too dang cold. Will wait another month at least. Pantry needs touched up but it also is too cold. I did buy another lazy Susan for my misc shelf. I tried one but did not want to invest in too many until I knew it was the solution. It is!

Has anyone ever done the epoxy on their garage floor themselves??

Just finished m bed closet and will do it again if my weight loss doesn't kick in.

Have the new best craft unit for a bedroom closet. I have a triple unit on one side that holds all my sb stuff. This new unit will hold all my sewing stuff. It frees up a sewing room that is slated for a remodel soon.

Loved hearing its a battle to stay organized. I do pretty good then it falls apart!


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I started working on organizing before Christmas. I redid under the kitchen and bathroom sinks, as well as my personal drawer in the bathroom cabinet. I prettied up the bathroom a little, using mason jars as holders for cotton swabs and cotton balls, which freed up space in the cabinets.

My requested birthday and Christmas gifts were mostly things for our home, like new living room curtains. I'm just waiting for the curtain rod to come in the mail! We took our big easy chair out of the living room to make room for the Christmas tree, and dh likes it better without the chair. His nana was giving away some things and I took a wooden bench, which we really didn't have a spot for. I put it there for extra seating and decor, while still leaving plenty of open space in the room. But ds8 and I are the only ones who like it.

I've wanted to do a cleanup/straighten up/etc in the other rooms but instead it's been dump and go. DH and I have been at the hospital with his nana for the past 4 days and we are worn out. We did fast food 2 days in a row. Today I managed to get a nice dinner on the table pretty quickly and got all the laundry taken care of but that's all I've got right now. I just hope I have the motivation when I have the time to make things happen!


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Posted: 1/6/2013 1:15:43 AM
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We are downsizing. I've finally decided that most of the reason we live in a 4-br home is because of our crap. This house is just too big!! We have an eBay thing going w my husband's endless political memorabilia collection, but I need to "walk the walk" and get rid of about 80 percent of my sb stuff, too.

We have talked to our mortgage guy about our plans. This spring, we will be putting our house on the market and looking in earnest for a small home with NO extra rooms to fill up w crap!!!


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Posted: 1/6/2013 6:20:02 AM
Furry Pea - LOL - my friend and family call me the energizer bunny. When I get stressed - I clean and organize. I don't have a lot of stuff to begin with or so I thought - but I will have less especially if I am paring down.

Today will be laundry, ironing and paperwork. I am revamping my household binder and will share that with all of you. I also have several other binders that I need to put stuff in.

First having coffee, a shower and then heading to Church and lunch with a friend and dad.







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Today is "Finish up my studio/office" day. I was scared of the closet, but it actually isn't that bad. It was literally blocked off with furniture and flooring for the kitchen so I haven't seen the inside of it for a few months. Now that the furniture has gone where it belongs and the flooring is stacked up waiting for us to call the flooring guy, I'm able to move around in there and open the closet doors.

I still have 4 rows of the stuff on my 5x5 expedit to go through and pack/set aside to sell/trash. That is probably the biggest thing I have left to do in there. We are leaving the expedit in the room with some of the bins while the house is on the market, but most everything that was inside the bins and all the rest of the stuff is going.

I would say we probably have 3-4 trips to the storage unit ahead of us today. I have to do that stuff on the weekends when the SUV is here, so they can take it while I am getting more stuff set out for them to take. We have some plastic shelving that they are going to reassemble at the storage unit to help keep it organized. I went through our other storage unit that we got in July and repacked it so there is more space available. It is mostly filled with furniture and a few boxes. This second storage unit is mostly going to be filled with our pre-packing boxes, but you can only stack boxes so high before the ones on the bottom get damaged from the weight of the others, so it's a tricky thing.

I also need to rearrange the furniture in my living room. With the 50" TV gone (yay!), I now have a very nice wood table that has nothing to do. I think I am going to put my house book on it with the plans for the upstairs (we had a designer do plans when we moved in, and the last stage of the plans was not done but it will be useful to show prospective buyers what the plan was once the children all moved out). I will probably also do a spec sheet with all of the upgrades and dates. That's information I would appreciate.

Now that the bulky old TV is gone from my bedroom, I can start rearranging it, too.

I go back to work tomorrow, so all the work around the house will slow way down--but what's left can mostly be done in few-hour time spans, so I am feeling pretty good about things.


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Posted: 1/6/2013 9:46:22 AM
I finished the bedroom and makeup areas and got a good start on the home office. I cleaned out the supplies cabinet and filed most of the paperwork. Today I finish (hopefully).





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Posted: 1/6/2013 10:39:47 AM
This thread is inspirational. I need to continue to do some decluttering in small steps. We got rid of some electronics yesterday at our band e-waste event and we are going through our closets and bagging clothing for our clothing drive.

As I put away Christmas, it is time to take a hard look at what actually got used.

I am sorting through pictures on my computer - way too many.

Thank you! I'm going to check back for more inspiration.

Jeanne



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Posted: 1/6/2013 12:28:34 PM
I have the organizing/declutter bug too. I started in my scraproom. I went through my scraps, put away new purchases, went through my mending pile, and started going through my photos. I can see the floor and desk now, and I got my mending done. It's a start. I still have a lot to do in there.

I feel that my house is fairly organized and decluttered, but there's always room for improvement! I could pick out something that needs to be done in every room whether it is organizing, decluttering, or finishing a project.


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Posted: 1/6/2013 3:31:31 PM
I stuck to my targets this weekend, and did a little extra.

Task one was take down all the Christmas decorations, sort through for anything that was no longer wanted, and pack it all away. Put a couple of other things up in the loft at the same time as we put those away

Then into the kitchen to tackle the baking shelf. I got carried away and did the herb/spice/pulses shelf too. Everything that was out of date got tossed, and we have an (almost) clean slate to start from. And we can actually see what we have now! Here are some before and after photos. I'd already taken a bunch of stuff off the baking shelf before I thought of taking a picture...

Baking shelf before


Baking shelf after


Spice shelf before


Spice shelf after

(Really need to add an extra shelf in that cupboard to use the space better)

Tentative plan for next weekend is to tackle the linen closet.


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Posted: 1/6/2013 3:48:35 PM
Yay, Jenny! I did my spices and one of the food cabinets last week so I know what a good feeling it is to get it done. Looks great!

I am getting close to a standstill. I need some different-sized boxes for a lot of what is left in my studio. I did make a lot of headway, though. I can probably do a bunch more but I don't want to clutter up the rest of the house with boxes and I think there is enough for another storage run. I do have a bunch of storage units emptied now, though, so when we do another run after this one, they can just be taken straight out there. It's just a little late in the day to do more than one. I may ask my husband to take my car again next week and leave the SUV for us to use. I think there are probably about 4 or 5 more trips there and then my office/studio will be all set. I need to go find some suitable boxes tomorrow, though.

I did empty a big K&Co paper tower, pack up my ROYGBIV little odds and ends and all the associated storage, empty some wall storage things, and get some other odds and ends packed. I also cleared off a small desk that can now go to the storage unit. As soon as we cart it all off, that half of the room will be cleared. That's where I am moving my desk so once I get all that done, it should all start shaping up. There is probably 40% of the stuff in it this afternoon compared to the beginning of the week. Yay!

My husband did put up a closet shelf in the bathroom, so now my cleaning basket can sit up there instead of on the floor in the closet where it had been. That was the last thing that really needed to be done in there, so that is awesome.


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Posted: 1/6/2013 4:21:44 PM
Finally got to the chores I had been dreading....unpacking and organizing all the Xmas gifts, returns and exchanges, putting away all my summer shoes - I was in various stages of putting them away, same goes for summer shirts that had been occupying a much needed hamper, unpacking & sorting the kids clean clothes (they spent a week with my il's out of state during the Xmas break), and lastly cleaning up my scrapping area since I'm going to a multi day crop in 11 days!! Did nothing else today but this and laundry so I feel I accomplished a lot.


Jenny





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Posted: 1/6/2013 5:00:49 PM
All I have done this weekend is take all the Christmas decs down and store them, and take the 2 trees to the recycling centre. I always feel a little depressed after doing that and haven't felt like doing anything else, although I did deep-clean the cooker.

Tomorrow is another day!


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Posted: 1/6/2013 9:09:16 PM
What r everyone's plans for tomorrow?? In gotta get motivated!! Thx!


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Posted: 1/6/2013 9:31:21 PM
I have one of those tabletop jewelry boxes that has necklace hooks that are just a bit too short. I got tired of dealing with the necklaces and had put them in a box together. Not surprisingly they got ridiculously tangled. It took several days for me to untangle them. I didn't want a repeat so i just put them individually on the bureau. "Temporarily ". I asked for a big wall jewelry box for Christmas and didn't get it. Those things are expensive!

I was at AC Moore with dd to get supplies for a school project. For $3 I brought home a small plastic divided container you would use for beads. I put a necklace in each compartment. I can put this in my bureau! I just hope the individual necklaces don't tangle.


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Posted: 1/7/2013 2:08:59 AM
I didn't get any one big area done this weekend, but I took care of a number of little nagging things that needed to be done prior to me starting a new project.

I gathered up the empty Amazon boxes leftover from Christmas deliveries and I figured out which ones I could reuse now, which ones I could reuse in the next couple of weeks, and which I could breakdown for Tues's recycling pickup. The ones for the linen closets I went ahead and removed the flaps from and put the boxes beside the closets.

As I tidied my room and moved my 18 yo DD's stuff BACK to her room, I made a note which of the baskets in my case were empty and I actually noted on my iPad of what use I intended to make of them. I hope this will eliminate my " I'll just put this here for now" mentality. I only want to move things once, right?! LOL

I got my laundry done and all put away but one basket. I used an empty basket to carry a load of magazines that I want to keep downstairs to the study. The ones I didn't want to keep ( I was ruthless, ruthless I say) I threw away. While I was waiting on DD downstairs I put together several magazine holders for the ones I am keeping. I want to have all paper media in the house neatly stored in the study in the very near future. I should have room there soon because of what I did next.

I sat DH down and explained that I want to go paperless this year, and by this year, I mean now. He and I agreed on a schedule for him to replace my EHDs with newer, larger drives, and he will find me a cloud to back up my data. I had to remind him that this is both our personal and business data, so I want someplace where I know it won't be mined, even if I have to pay for the space.

One fun thing I did get to implement this week was my new spice system. Don't laugh when you here what I did, I think it's really going to work well for me.

I am short and I can barely reach the 2 nd shelf in any of my upper cabinets. I have the pull down spice racks on the 2nd shelf of the cabinet over my kitchen counter, but I can't reach the upper rows of them, even when they are pulled down. Most of my spices were in small bins on the bottom shelf of that cabinet, but I had more spices than space. Earlier this year I cleaned out all of my old spices and bought new ones from Penzeys. They came in plastic bags, with nice clear labels with recipes on the labels. I really like this way of storing my spices as it makes it very easy to measure out what I need and I have a quick reminder of what the spice is used for right there on the label.

I spent a lot of time looking for an alternative way to store my spices, but I just didn't want to give up the bags. I finally found the solution in my scrap room. I bought a Clip It Up from Archivers! It's a rotating ring that you can hang packets of scrap stuff from with these clever little hooks. It took me less than2 minutes to put together, and less than 30 minutes to hang all my spices that were already bagged. I had some small self sealing plastic bags in the scrap room that I purchased from somewhere, and they just happened to be labeled food safe. I brought them to the kitchen and I will transfer my other spices into them this week.

This unit isn't tiny, but DH had already bought me a rolling cart to go into the big pantry to hold my baking things, so I can put this on top and maybe use a couple of discreet zip ties to anchor it. The big pantry is dark and cool, so my spices will stay fresh in there. I can remove just the bags I need, or I can roll the whole thing out. No more hauling out the step ladder or digging thru the Penzeys bag every time I need a spice. Now I have to figure out what I am going to store in my soon to be empty cabinet space.

Marcy




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Posted: 1/7/2013 4:53:14 AM
Marcy, I think that's cool. All your non-scrappy friends will think you are some kind of professional chef. Great idea!

LA Barney, today I go back to work. However, the children brought home more boxes for me last night, so I should be able to load up what's left in my studio/office over the next few days. Mondays are usually a little tough for me, energy-wise, so I may not get much at all done today.

We did pack every single empty box we had in the house by last night -- the only thing left was liquor store boxes outside, but those are pretty small and more task-specific. I felt pretty good to get all of those boxes packed and off to the storage unit. We even got a head start on getting some of my studio furniture to the unit as well. Once I really decided to get serious about it, it went pretty fast.

Overnight, I think a little elf has been at work. Laundry has been done, my laundry room straightened up, and the kitchen table was cleaned off and cleared. Elves are awesome!


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Posted: 1/7/2013 6:02:59 AM
Jenjie - I hang my necklaces either in the closet or behind the door on one of those plastic expandable hat racks. Works great.

A tip for those tangled necklaces - use cornstarch and it makes it easier to untangle.

My plans for today are to take my new to me car to the insurance company for their inspection and then lunch with a friend and off to work. When I come home I will start on either the laundry/ironing or kitchen depending on my energy level.

Everyone is going awesome! Keep up the great pace.







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Posted: 1/7/2013 6:48:50 AM
You are all wonderful and inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

My goals this week are clothing/closets and pantry.

I have clothing I don't wear. DH has clothing he doesn't wear. I have the same go-to feel good outfits and the rest is just filler. I would like to pare down only to outfits and items I love and feel good wearing. Life's too short to hoard B and C-list clothing.

I'm thinking of using a bag and hold method and seeing if I miss anything. I'm betting I don't.

I have a dream this will help me keep laundry under control.

I would like the pantry pared down to staples we use. I need to clear out or use up a few things that are approaching archive status.



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Posted: 1/7/2013 10:00:00 AM

Jenjie - I hang my necklaces either in the closet or behind the door on one of those plastic expandable hat racks. Works great.


I do have my chunky fashion jewelry on a hat rack! I couldn't remember what it was called. My concern is for my more delicate gold and silver (real and fake. Lol) chains. I noticed too that if i leave the silver or "silver" exposed, it tarnishes.


~Jen


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Posted: 1/7/2013 10:48:09 AM
Great thread! I wish 2peas would let you bookmark.

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Posted: 1/7/2013 10:51:48 AM
Jenjie, I use one of those padded bulletin boards and curtain hooks for my jewelry. It becomes cool wall art, everything is organized and easy to get to.





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Posted: 1/7/2013 11:01:42 AM

Great thread! I wish 2peas would let you bookmark.
At the top & bottom of the thread, next to the "reply" button is an arrow. If you click that arrow, the top choice is to bookmark it.

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Posted: 1/7/2013 11:06:33 AM
Here's a photo. I keep my good jewelry in a safe so this is all my costume jewelry.






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Posted: 1/7/2013 1:59:33 PM
Finished the hanging portion of the master closet today. Had to talk sternly to myself when I wanted to hold on to a puffer vest with faux fur hood. For when I want to pose as a chunky Middle Aged teenager

I organize by color. I had gotten away from it but having returned to it I think that works for me.

I still have to tackle my shelves. I have a lounge pant addiction.




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Posted: 1/7/2013 2:13:07 PM

I will report back so Yvonne can read this later.


Girl, I can't beleive you haven't run out of steam!!! I am impressed, wow!

Well, I kinda fell off the wagon, I'm glad to see this thread going! I'm going to go home tonight and retackle that list. I'll post back tomorrow with my plans. You guys are so motivating!!!


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Posted: 1/7/2013 4:42:41 PM
That's pretty, Lauren! My problem isn't with the chunky costume jewelry but the delicate chains. The silver ones tarnish when they are in the open
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Posted: 1/7/2013 5:33:35 PM
How about laying them in a drawer on a soft cloth. They won't be exposed to air or move around unless the drawer is jerked open. I have a standing jewelry cabinet thing that has the 2 doors and that is where I keep my delicate chains.

My problem is earrings.

I have no energy tonight but I did start the laundry and emptied the dishwasher. Had a bowl of snickers ice cream for dinner so maybe that will give me some energy.

If not then it will be a paperwork night







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Posted: 1/7/2013 6:09:07 PM
I'm by no means organized at all. But I'm hoping to get better at it for 2013.

Usually this time of year, my tree is still up... sometimes until Feb!! But I've already gotten it taken down and put away. I'm pretty proud of that! That's a big accomplishment for me.

I've cleaned the majority of my house, but need to go through each room and do some serious decluttering/organizing! I'm hoping to work on one room each week. That's my goal anyways. We'll see how it goes!








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Posted: 1/7/2013 8:57:52 PM
Great ideas are being shared here! How do I mark it so that I can come back and read more later. Also, do the Peas still have PeaSoup where you could find suggestions for titles, poems.

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