Let's get organized in 2013
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Posted: 1/7/2013 10:04:28 PM
I keep grocery bags in the bathroom as wastebasket liners. I saw this really neat idea on facebook where you can roll up to a dozen bag in a particular order and dispense them from a cleaning wipe container. Today we emptied a cubes type tissue box and decided there's no way I'm investing that much effort into recycling trash bags. Instead I just stuffed a bunch of bags into the tissue box. It works!


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Posted: 1/8/2013 4:49:17 AM
Jenjie - I have those clorex containers that we use in the boat, camper and each car for trash. Having 6 + grand kids we need that. Also when we go out in the boat and they want to collect shells, I have bags to put them in. I think that was one of the best ideas from Pinterest that I got when I first started. It doesn't take long to fold and roll them either.

What other ideas have you incorporated from Pinterest. I make my own laundry detergent, fabric softener and my DD made me some dishwasher detergent. I have done some of the mini albums and some decorating but not a lot since I will be moving.

Today is ironing and finishing the laundry as well as some paperwork. I want to set up my color printer as a secondary one to my computer (printing pictures, etc). Then if time and energy permits, I have to tackle the garage some.







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Posted: 1/8/2013 5:39:25 AM
Good to know it didn't take long! Maybe I'll try it for the car.

I can't say that I've used any particular ideas from pinterest but looking at the different organizational links definitely inspires me to get my house in order! Although I saw a laundry room setup yesterday that looks like mine. I would love to make it happen in mine but it would involve purchasing cabinetry.


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Posted: 1/8/2013 6:44:57 AM
Today I want to do a second sweep through the closet. This a.m. I laid in bed thinking "I am so not ever wearing that brown sweater I saved ..."



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Posted: 1/8/2013 12:00:04 PM
I have started getting organized, nothing huge done yet but lots of small stuff that is going to make my life easier.
I created a binder with page protectors, there is a page for each person and pet in my home. In in protector I am putting important documents such as birth certs, ss cards, pin numbers for different accounts, vet records, immunization records etc. Probably something most people have done but I have always just kept them willy nilly around the house, this will save me TONS of time doing taxes, and filling out paperwork.
I also created a binder for taxes( I own a small business), doing it on my computer doesn't work for me so I have created a binder similar to the documents binder. One page protector for each month, where I can store receipts, write down mileage, track expenses, sales and sales tax. This will make it so easy each quarter to file my sales tax and at the end of the year to file my taxes.


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Posted: 1/8/2013 1:10:07 PM
I took yesterday off from this craziness. Well, I went back to work, so I worked. I just didn't do this stuff.

Today I think I am back on it. The plan is to work in the studio/office. I would like to at least clear the floor, which has stuff from other rooms that need to be packed with bubble wrap.

Once the studio/office is packed, it will be time to go through my paperwork one last time in there. Yuck. I hope to trash most of it. I can also get ready for the tax thing while I'm at it.

Then I have to rearrange what little furniture is staying in there.

After that, I need to pack about half of what is left in the kitchen. We've already packed a lot, though--so it won't be that bad. My current kitchen is pretty huge, which is great, until you fill it with crap and have to go through it and pack it/give it away. That part--not so great. I can definitely live with a less-huge kitchen next time around. I think this one is 14 x 30 or something.

I finally feel like I am starting to get to the packing/organizing finish line. Then it will be time for the fun stuff (staging). Well, painting (un-fun) and staging.


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Posted: 1/8/2013 7:47:18 PM
Seanna - it is ok to take a day off. Even God rested after the 6th day! That is my motto!

Tonight I did a little ironing and then my DD came and we went and walked around Target for a little bit. They had my dog food on sale for .67 a can - use the Little Ceasar's so I stocked up on that again, got them some teeth bone cleaner things, my salad and my nutty bars! I went for TP, Paper Towels and Sugar and forgot all 3.

So tomorrow will be more ironing and paperwork.







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Posted: 1/8/2013 8:25:44 PM
Finished the home office last night. It's all organized and decluttered. With the bedroom and makeup organization this past weekend and the rest of the house the weekend before New Years, I'm officially decluttered and organized





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Posted: 1/8/2013 8:27:31 PM
So far I have redone my spice cabinet with my new label maker and a bunch of empty Penzey's Spices jars that I bought online. I was pleased with how inexpensive the jars were, and since I now by the majority of my spices there, things will be uniform. All the different sizes and types of jars has driven me nuts in the past!


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Posted: 1/8/2013 8:40:15 PM
Well, I'll be. I came home today and DH cleaned up this messy corner of our master bedroom. I could have passed out. He *never* takes initiative to do stuff like that! Not only did he clean out all his crap (he shredded all the paper work), he got rid of this stupid radio control monster truck he's had there for years. I don't know where it went, and I don't care.

He even re-arranged the desk and well, hell. I'm just so happy! It finally looks beautiful, the way it's SUPPOSED to look again. Happy joy!

I guess he's gotten in to the spirit, it's contagious!

Oh, and here is the link to my pinterest board for Planner Love (it's all about organizing planners) I mentioned previously. I pmailed some of you with it, but I'll just post it here.

Oh Yvonne's Pinterest board "Planner Love"

So my next to tackle project is the closets in the master bedroom. I really, really need to get rid of shoes. I mean. Really. It's time. That and the linen closet off the master bath. I have far too many towels. I need to thin the old out. Really, just empty the darn thing out and start all over.


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Posted: 1/8/2013 8:43:25 PM
Lara, I now covet those spice jars in the worst way. My spice drawer is my nemesis.

Also, don't laugh, but I organized my phone. It's a tool I use daily - probably too much - so taking a moment to reorganize and clean up my apps was warranted.




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Posted: 1/9/2013 5:07:56 PM
I've learned it is easier to break the house down section by section. I made a list awhile ago and started tackling it a bit at a time.

Kitchen
-one pantry (done 1/8)
-freezer
-drinks cabinet (done today 1/9)
-baker's rack

Dining Room
-drawers in china cabinet

Front Room
-hope chest
-boxes of dvds and videos and TV area
-bookshelf and fireplace

Other
-light cleaning of garage
-stained glass area
-knick knacks on shelves (take down and wash all)
-games closet (done a few weeks ago 12/20 or so)

So if a I tackle one area a day, three days a week, I should finish in a month or so.

I don't even want to tackle the boys' rooms again. They have so much stuff. And dh needs to help me really clean out the garage. There is a giant metal shelving unit that is 90% his stuff and 80% of that hasn't been touched in over 5 years. (He's a "just in case" kind of guy)


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Posted: 1/9/2013 7:19:08 PM
Reading everyone's updates is so motivating!

Tossed 4 more things from my closet.

I realized part of what was holding me back ... my closet is neat and I don't have many clothes. But what I had wasn't organized. I took time to group bottoms together, tops, etc. After I could see what was actually there, it was a little easier to make myself toss a few more things.

Another part is our budget is screaming right now and I can't afford to make a mistake. I'm eating right and losing weight (I have no problem tossing clothes that are too big - that's one place where I always burn my bridges). It's just the things I'm about to fit into that make me hesitate the most.

I'm making progress and feeling pretty good about it.



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Posted: 1/10/2013 5:30:45 AM
This week has been physically and emotionally exhausting for me. Not to be a downer - but since we put my mom in a home 10 days ago my dad has been cleaning and paring the house down. He has been bringing the stuff to my garage so we can (1) go through it and keep what we want and (2) have a garage sale which is this weekend. I am so not ready to let go of some of her stuff and yet I do not want to be cluttered with all of it.

Today I am going to fix my binder/planner if it kills me. I have been 10 days without and effect one and it doesn't help my overall ADD and organizing plans. Will check back later.







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Posted: 1/10/2013 5:56:24 AM
Halebop - so sorry to hear about the situation with your mom and dad. Hugs to you.

Now Im about to break my rule and say that maybe in this one instance you can save more of your mother's things until such time that you are more relaxed?

I know you know how to do this but I think sentimental items are the one thing you can't get back if hastily cast off. You can't buy sentiment on Amazon or eBay.

Give yourself permission to archive your parent's best stuff until you can sit down - relaxed - and go through it gauging your reaction - and attachment to each piece.



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Posted: 1/10/2013 7:00:33 AM
Writermom1 -That is what my dad said last night - basically you know what means stuff to you where I don't. For example - Mom always dreamed of being a hobo - so I had her a train made out of wood and found her a porcelain Hobo doll that stands next to the train. When I gave it to mom she cried and said now her dream came true. I can't bear to part with that.

Her clothes - especially pants needs to go to someone who can use them - mom was shorter than the rest of us girls so there is no way her slacks will fit us!

One day at a time is how I am taking it.

Thanks for the vote of reassurance. It does help







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Posted: 1/10/2013 7:00:37 AM
Writermom1 -That is what my dad said last night - basically you know what means stuff to you where I don't. For example - Mom always dreamed of being a hobo - so I had her a train made out of wood and found her a porcelain Hobo doll that stands next to the train. When I gave it to mom she cried and said now her dream came true. I can't bear to part with that.

Her clothes - especially pants needs to go to someone who can use them - mom was shorter than the rest of us girls so there is no way her slacks will fit us!

One day at a time is how I am taking it.

Thanks for the vote of reassurance. It does help







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Posted: 1/10/2013 7:37:03 AM
Back in 2002 when I started the organizing journey for myself, I sat on my patio with a cup of coffee and decided to make myself binders to keep my papers organized. Through the years I have modified some and others are the same way they were back then (only updated).

I have started reworking some of my binders - especially my "Daily Home and Life Organizer - aka Organized Bible" The current system I was attempting to use was not working - too many sections and things that I didn't need on a day to day basis.

I worked on the main categories and have printed out pages and put them in a page protector and labeled according to be the divider in my binder. But lets start at the beginning - when I open my binder there is:

1. A plastic pencil pouch that holds pens, mechanical pencils and lead, white out tape, reinforcements, post it tabs and other little notes, a few paper clips and binder clips.

2. Large heavy duty page protector that holds a card of various size post it notes as well as an envelope with quotes. I love to put random quotes on my to do lists and it seems like they apply on that day.

3. Pocket folder that I cut in 2 for papers I need to put in my binder and didn't have hole punch or time.

4. Section 1 - CALENDAR
(a.) the first thing I have is my www.getorganizednow.com monthly organizing checklist. I have it printed and in a page protector.
(b.) the next things are 2 page calendar pages for each month. I put a post it tab on each page so that I can easily find the month.
(c.) I have the school calendar for my nephews school as well as my grand children overall calendar (days off, etc)

5. Section 2 - CLEANING AND ORGANIZING
(a.) To do lists
(b.) routines and weekly, monthly and annual check lists
(c.) misc articles - like uses for Vinegar, etc.

6. Section 3 - LISTS
This is where I mainly keep my household inventory sheets - I have books, movies (by title and type - DVD VCR -yes I still have those and a player), my website log - for passwords and Registration keys, etc.

7. Section 4 - FINANCIAL
I have the other half of the folder for holding bills until paid and logged to the left of the divider page. (Once the bills are logged, I put them in a file folder until ready to pay. Don't want them to fly out of the binder and lose them.) This is a work in process section.

8. Section 5 - FAMILY
I have my DIL's resume in a page protector and will be putting the rest of the adults in one as well. That way if they need me to fax somewhere they can call or text me and I have it handy - also they are saved on my computer if I need to email for them.
(a.) pet information - after all they are family. One for each animal.
(b.) child ID pages - I have 5 grandchildren living close and I keep updated pictures, medical information, friends contact numbers, etc in the event that I need it. Say my oldest DGD goes to Joanie's for a party and I need to pick her up and don't have her address - I have her phone number to call and get the address/directions, etc.
(c.) Adult ID pages - I have these on my parents, kids and their spouses in the case of an emergency. I have fingerprints , hair samples, etc in the event that they are needed by the police (God forbid) for ID purposes.

9. Section 6 - HEALTH
(a.) List of medications I take and the dose and what it is for.
(b.) list of doctors and hospitals
(c.) exercise tips and charts.
(d.) Specialize Diabetic trackers for my twin nephews for when I keep them and I know what, when and results of taking their blood sugar readings.

10. Section 7 BLOG INFORMATION
I have a blog at http://daysez.blogspot.com but I rarely use it. I want to get back into using it on a daily or semi weekly schedule and I want to learn about blogs.

So for now this is my Organizing Bible. I have a green (my favorite color) 2" binder and even with all that stuff in it - is not full!

How do you keep up with your daily stuff? Binder, electronics, post it notes, etc?

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Posted: 1/10/2013 8:38:13 AM
Halebop I like that family page section. Dh's nana was sedated in ICU for two days and we had ZERO contact information for work, friends or family and whether or not she wanted them contacted. (We are stepfamily but she her family is very dysfunctional (her word) and she is only in contact with one aunt and uncle. Worse, it was unclear who was supposed to be making decisions on her behalf. Now we have her will signed, as well as medical and financial poa so dh can get her bills paid.

I really recommend that if you will be responsible for someone that you encourage them to provide contact info and also where important documents are stored
We actually need to order things like her birth certificate because they were stolen years ago and she never bothered getting replacements.
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Posted: 1/10/2013 8:53:02 AM

My problem isn't with the chunky costume jewelry but the delicate chains. The silver ones tarnish when they are in the open


Jen, call your local fabric store and see if they sell silvercloth. Even if you don't sew, you can cut the cloth into squares and roll them up around your chains, one per square so they don't tangle. Hold them shut with a ribbon or a couple safety pins, and label them so you know what's inside.





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Posted: 1/10/2013 10:27:43 AM
Liz thank you! I will. Amazon has it too.


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Posted: 1/10/2013 11:40:03 AM
I've been in sick this week so I've gotten nothing done except work on my Greeting Cards. I have a book from Current with a slot for each month's occasion and I buy my cards for the year usually in January. I have a stash of nice boxed cards so I fill in what I can with them. Love not having to stop and buy cards all the time.

I've made my list of cards that I need and off I'll go to Dollar General or the Dollar Store to buy them. Occasionally, I'll get a "nice" card, if needed. Also, I'll buy my Valentine cards at the same time!

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Posted: 1/10/2013 4:27:49 PM
My computer is such a disorganized mess. I'm taking some time to archive, backup and clean house on it.

I would like to no longer dread turning it on.



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Posted: 1/10/2013 5:08:47 PM
I've secretly been reading through this thread off and on for some inspiration. I've made some baby steps, but have a way to go.

We decided shortly after Christmas that we were going to toss our 7 yr old prelit tree because it seems every other day or so a "chunk" of it would just burn out. TO get through this year, we'd add a string or two here or there to make it look OK. So, New Years day we disassembled it all and bagged up the three sections of the tree. We put it on the curb to go out with the trash and all three bags were gone by the morning so someone snagged a good tree that needed some TLC.

With the tree gone, and nothing to replace it with, I had full access to the back storage room, and the remainder of the old Christmas stuff we've had for the past 28 years. We purged a lot of that, and emptied an entire 4' wide shelving unit. We had the kids organize their own ornament totes, and finally managed to pack Christmas away.

Looking through two other rooms in the basement (the TV area and the toy area) we purged all the old VHS tapes (about two copier boxes full- had to scan through each one to see what it was because nothing was labeled of course!) and emptied all the toy shelves (my twins are 15 yrs old now) and selected a handful of favorites to keep, and filled the trunk of the car with the rest. Once I could finally see the floor again in that room, I moved back to the TV room to finish up with the DVD storage and other misc items. A second trunk load went to the salvation army that day.

My daughter has all her dance stuff in our hall linen closet and so we opened the doors and emptied the entire closet. I don't store linens in there - every bedroom has a spare set of sheets and pillow cases in their dresser, and we have towel storage in each of the bathrooms. We opted to use one shelf just for totes and over night bags, and the old standby typewriter (I do occasionally use it, believe it or not) and another shelf of their baby stuff I keep (a couple handmade blankets from special people, as well as their coming home outfits, and a small box of misc stuff). This left two shelves for dance stuff- tights, shoes, makeup, hair pieces, etc. DD purged all the no longer needed items, and rearranged what was left. It looks amazing now and we've since restocked the little stuff needed for this upcoming competition season.

THEN, we spend an entire day at the mall with our returns and a pocket full of Christmas money. She scored quite a bit of stuff, so we spend the following day gutting her bedroom closet. Ended up with one trunk load to salvation army, and $60 in items taken to Plato's Closet (a resale shop). It took the entire day, but she now has a closet full of "Love its" and no more "don't really love its". Mission accomplished there.

I did my son's closet last summer while he was away in New York so his "update" only took about 2 hours. Didn't get much, but at least he has a better organized closet once again.

I still have the master bdroom closet to do, 95% of which is hubby's because I've gone through my clothes already. I also shred everything that needed shredding (7 garbage bags full), purged through old shoes, and luggage, and one small dresser from the closet as well.

The two upstairs bathrooms are next on my docket... hopefully next week. Then, moving furniture, a deep vacuuming and overall cleaning, and carpet cleaning before spring sets in. I'm busy with year end paperwork and tax filing for the 4 businesses I do bookkeeping for, as well as the home stuff. I try to schedule an hour or two per day to do home stuff- laundry, groceries, meal prep, etc. while the kids are in school, then the afternoon is busy running them to their activities and study groups. I do take off the evenings when I can- sometimes a little TV, or knitting, or whatever (Pinterest.... )

I hope to continue being inspired here so keep your messages coming!

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Posted: 1/10/2013 5:18:10 PM
I read this a lot, but haven't really posted (same with the facebook group.) I've had so many work deadlines the past few months, it's been difficult to keep up the house without any decluttering.

But, I've gotten most of the way through my front closet this week. The closet where everything that doesn't have a home ends up. I don't think I've taken everything out in more than 10 years. I found the seashells my DD collected in Sanibel when she was little. And the cute french beret she got when DH went to France in 2004. And who would have figured I had 15 baseball caps in there.

I bribed myself with a trip to the Container Store when I figured out what was in there and what would stay.

I know it's something little, but it's some progress in my front hall.

ETA: Pheestand, I'm jealous that you tossed your tree. I was going to do that, but chickened out and put it back in the basement.

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Posted: 1/10/2013 6:05:11 PM
Today I worked on d d room-she is gone and married but her when she comes home I have completely turned her closet into a best craft organization closet. Just a couple of weeks ago I added a double section. All my sb stuff and seeing is in 1closet. And yes I have ALOT but those things hold alot.
Been doing 1month bank statement each day in tax preparation. Almost there.
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Posted: 1/10/2013 7:20:55 PM

ETA: Pheestand, I'm jealous that you tossed your tree. I was going to do that, but chickened out and put it back in the basement.


LOL! I think that simple task was my starting point. I was willing to remove all the lights and re-string it because I really liked the tree; but DH said he'd rather replace it. (Very unusual for him- I'm just a pack-mouse; he's the real pack-RAT!)

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Posted: 1/10/2013 8:17:52 PM
Yay, pheestand! Yay, LAB. Yay, COG! Yay MaryAnn, Yay Lara, Yay Writermom, Yay Alana, Yay Mary, Yay everybody! I have memory retention problems and I can't go back and look now, what can I say?

I am so sorry about your mom's situation, Hale. It sounds like you are doing great.

I sorta stalled a little this week BUT I did pack/tape/label four more good-sized boxes from the studio/office and that freed up the rest of the wall shelving to get stored, and all of the rest of the furniture that needs to get stored is now ready to be loaded up because I cleared it all off and packed/tossed what was on/in it. There are a few piles on the floor but that should be fairly easy, just need the right sized box and a big old trash bag or two.

I just have my expedit (probably 40% emptied out) and what's in my closet, but I even got a start on it and I don't think what's left will be too bad at all. The room is going to be ready to paint soon, yay! After I fill all the jillion holes from all the wall shelves and stuff, that is.

I emptied out all the cute baskets that were in the studio and trashed/bagged up what was in them and then I put all the baskets in my storage closet under the stairs. It looks adorable in there now. The baskets don't even all match but somehow that just makes it look better. Very cute. I can get rid of all the plastic shoe boxes now. I will probably store them out of sight in my closet upstairs and use them when we pack up to really move. Those things are handy.

I also bought paint today to get started on the kitchen and mudroom. The kitchen ceiling needs to be painted, yuck. I actually didn't get that paint because I am in denial about it. But I did get some for the trim and the walls. Sherwin Williams is having 25% off right now. It felt like their stuff was more expensive than my usual Benjamin Moore even with the discount, but I'm not sure. I don't pay close enough attention. Anyway, accessible beige walls, it is. Woo. But not today. I am headed up to read for a while!



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Posted: 1/10/2013 10:10:04 PM
This is my most recent pinterest find. She had the idea to trim cereal boxes, etc and put them together to make drawer organizers. She covers hers in paper.

I haven't covered in paper, not yet anyway, but what a great cheap idea. Especially if lack of funds is holding you back from getting organized. It works great! Here's 3 cereal boxes and a granola bar box.



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Posted: 1/10/2013 10:35:28 PM
Jenjie. I pinned that same idea. Now I have to try it. And boy that woman is clever. Did you see her DIY necklace holder?





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Posted: 1/11/2013 10:04:54 AM
Lauren I haven't checked out the rest of her site yet but I will!


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Posted: 1/11/2013 10:45:30 AM
Seriously addictive!

Congrats to everyone enjoying their places and spaces.

My computer is running much more quickly post-cleanup (Yay! )

Today I tackled my kitchen nemesis - the spice drawer! I was intrigued with the Penzey's jars (so cute!) but I already have taller glass jars ($1 for 12 at a yard sale and decided to work with what I have. I shopped the house for some unused pieces to place in the kitchen drawer, put everything back neatly - and now my spice drawer is orderly and easy to see rather than a chaotic mess.




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Posted: 1/11/2013 11:07:32 AM
Here's my home office closet. I took the closet doors off to make it more accessible. I love sitting at the desk and looking over at it now. So much nicer when I do some work at home.








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Posted: 1/11/2013 5:02:50 PM
Everyone is doing such a great job of cleaning, tossing and organizing.

I forgot who posted it - but I too pinned the cereal box organizers. Now I too will need to make them.

We did day one of the yard sale and did pretty good. Still have tons of stuff to get rid of. I can't believe how many clothes my mother and DN had.

I am going to relax and take it easy tonight. Maybe update the address section of my new household binder.







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Posted: 1/11/2013 7:27:20 PM
Omg! Lovin the inspiration. I threaded water today in the organization department! But I did get a month bank statement done! And scrubbed a wall if the shower down. Tomorrow here I come. Oh yea and I scrapped!!


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Posted: 1/12/2013 3:19:19 AM
My week started off great, but I got sick on Weds and I counted my blessings just to get my bookwork done the rest of the week.

My mom and grandmother are coming up next weekend, so I have a deadline to get some my clothes cleaned out before they get here. I offered Mom first go thru of what I am getting rid of and she is excited, so I want to make sure I have those ready to go. She will donate what she doesn't want to the ladies of her church. Once I've cleaned out the clothes, I want to reorganize the way the closet is being used. I am going to take my lingerie out and store it in the empty bins in my shelf unit. That means I will be able to get rid of the present storage and will give me more hanging space. I also want to clean out the floor of the closet and move in the bins that I use to store extra blankets and luggage. I can put our shoes on top of those because they won't be opened very often. I still have 2 boxes of clutter that I want to get out of my room this weekend. I'm not sure what's in them, but I'm pretty sure that if I don't remember, I don't need it.

I have been working on my Christmas present for Mom while I was sick. A couple of years ago I bought two expensive digital picture frames to give as gifts, but, at the last minute, I found out the folks I intended to give them to had received 3 already that year. I bought them something else and set the frames aside. This year, I am giving my mom AAA because she has a car I just don't trust and I don't want her to be stranded. I want something tangible to give her, though, so I thought of the frame. I am loading it up with family photos, most of them from Easters over the years. Though it absolutely drives me crazy, I am including some photos of me, something I would only do for my mom.

I got a lot done in my office early in the week, so DH is planning to work on my office computer this weekend. He is going to add another EHD so I can start scanning documents and getting rid of the mounds of paper I file every month. He is also going to add another larger drive to do backups, as well as set up for my machine to do auto backups off site. DD is going to help me straighten out my bookcases and dispose of her old schoolwork. I homeschooled her 1st thru 8th grades, then she did an online school for 2 years, so I have a lot of day to day schoolwork that needs to be disposed of. I'm hoping we can shred it and use the waste as mulch in the garden this spring. I'm not sure what I am going to do with the leftover binders.

I hope we can take down the charts and posters I have hanging on the walls in the office that are leftover from hsing there. I can't wait to have some pretty framed photos hanging there rather than posters of the human body, phonics, and geometry. LOL. Maybe then I'll feel more done with hsing.

Marcy



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Posted: 1/12/2013 5:13:38 AM
Hi Marcy - wow have you been busy. Glad you are feeling better. I have a touch of either the flu or bronchitis and I can't be sick this weekend. Have the yard sale to finish today, an appointment for an oil change and general cleaning that I haven't done in 2 days. Plus I broke my ironing board and had to go by a new one!

During the yard sale and slow times at work I was able to work on my notebook some more. Still looking for the address section for my binder. I may take my warranty binder and kitchen one to work on today during the yard sale!







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Posted: 1/12/2013 6:31:51 AM
Good job girls! Ds8's birthday party is a week from today. I have a lot to get done between now and then, mostly because my time is not my own right now. Yet it is giving me great satisfaction to get my kitchen cabinets and drawers in order! Maybe because it is an easy accomplishment and I feel like I have control over this one thing.

I am blessed with an abundance of storage in my kitchen. I have a lot of cabinets and drawers. Plus a kitchen desk built in. So things should be much better than they are. Last night I switched some things around. Long story short, I made one side of cabinets under the island all storage for small appliances. Including the Kitchenaid. And there was still room left for a case of water and a few soda bottles. They've been living under the desk for a long time so it's good to get them behind closed doors.

Today I want to wash the kitchen curtains. I want to make the desktop more clutter free and attractive, as well as functional. I've been looking at pictures online but of course there is barely anything on those desks. Like Seanna calls it, staging.

Ohhh I borrowed something else from pinterest! Nana gave me a whole bunch of mason jars and I've started using them here and there. We collect boxtops and Campbell's soup labels for school. I spray painted a few mason jars so I can leave them out to drop them into, and not see the contents.


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Posted: 1/12/2013 8:01:18 AM
I have to get my ass in gear; so much to do, so much going on and so little time!

I sent a join request to the Organizing Peas FB group.

When I have time I will link some articles on the psychology of procrastination, organization etc. that I found helpful.

Best things for me were:
1) "make it a habit" ... When you get something out, put it away.
2) Ruthless purging ... I have taken bags and boxes and blue bins to GoodWill. Stuff I have kept for years, I finally tossed, including all my scrapbook magazines. I didn't even bother to sort out the ones I was published in


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Posted: 1/12/2013 12:10:03 PM
Btt, loving these tips!

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Posted: 1/12/2013 12:55:02 PM
The boys and I cleaned out the vhs and dvds last night. Got rid of anything for under 10 yos. I looked on ebay and people still buy disney vhs tapes (in the larger boxes). I have 8 - maybe worth selling?

I organized most of my knick knacks too. Took out the fireplace grate (which we have never used) and filled it with a bunch of candles/holders. I think it looks nice and the other spaces now don't look so cluttered.

Dh and I are going to start on the garage today. Send me good thoughts - hopefully he will be in a purging mood!


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Posted: 1/12/2013 1:19:32 PM
This is a great thread.

Here's a link to some garage organization ideas.

When cleaning out the linens, please consider donating to an animal rescue or shelter. You can search Petfinder.com to find one in your area.






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Posted: 1/12/2013 9:36:51 PM
DD, 13, and I had a ball today sorting and cleaning the kid's closets and our mudroom. She and I are both enjoying liking our mudroom again. That had become a dreaded space.

We bagged up two donation bags and three trash. We actually had a lot of fun doing it together. DD is wicked good at that. When I get clingy she firmly gets me back on track.

It's the oddest sensation but purging saves money. After cleaning her closet DD was less inclined to load up on new clothes when we hit Plato's. Seeing what we have - and how much we get rid of - makes us really vet our purchases carefully.



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Posted: 1/12/2013 10:27:53 PM
Man y guys r making progress. I decided I wanted to clean my linen hall closet. I have a ton of rarely used blankets bug will not get rid of them. We live in cold country and never know when they might save a life! Bug dresser drawers in one if the kids rooms r empty so next week am gonna do that.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 5:08:40 AM
Morning everyone. Early start for me. I put away a car load (really of blankets, comforters and pillows that I got from my dad) this morning. Most went into the chest that I bought at Goodwill. That was an awesome purchase on my part. I totally love the deco and definitely the storage it provides. Will be on the look out for another one!

Today - I am suppose to go boating with my son and family - if he can get the boat started then we will dock at Hooter's for lunch!!!! After that I will come home and do some more cleaning/organizing/toss. I still want to tackle the garage now that the yard sale stuff is out of there!







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Posted: 1/13/2013 8:20:42 AM
I've already started this morning. I loaded up the car with all the trash and all the purged stuff to go to the dump (we don't have trash pickup.)

Coats that nobody has worn in years, games nobody has played, and lots and lots of clothes that don't fit the kids anymore. My car is packed to the roof.

Our dump has a swap shop for gently used items, recycling, and a bunch of charity bins.

When DS wakes up, we're off to get rid of it all.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 8:21:49 AM
Have fun, Denise! It's going to be another gross, rainy day around here today. In fact, just as I typed that, the rain started up.

Yesterday, my daughter and I loaded up the SUV twice. Once was for a dump run (yay! Dump was as awesome as usual) and we left two or three "good" things to the side just in case somebody can use them. The rest was just odds and ends of junk. I'm sort of sad, though, because that might be the last dump run in a while unless we come across another pocket of stuff, but that's doubtful. Maybe when we are finally moving, if that ever happens.

The other time was a trip to the storage unit. This time we were able to bring my white storage cubes from my studio, plus the 2 x 4 expedit shelving from in there and a bunch of boxes my mom packed the other day. Plus I had about 4 boxes that I packed this past week. It all fit in one trip and we decided that was good enough for storage unit runs for that day. The goal is to get the studio emptied enough that we can paint it next weekend. I've had the paint for a while. We just need to get it done.

Then I dragged this big, heavy mirror back downstairs to repaint it. It used to be hanging in my downstairs bathroom before we redid the bathroom a few years ago. It's probably 4.5 feet x 2.5 feet with a big, ornate, heavy frame. It was painted some old weird metallic color, but I slapped a couple of coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White on it and I think it's going to be perfect now. The plan is to distress it a tiny bit, then put a coat of wax on it (Annie Sloan paints call for waxing) and then drag it back up here to put into the "walk-in closet" we are staging. The girls use it to put their makeup on, so we've set up an old teak vanity in there, and I am going to lean the mirror on a ledge and put a chair in there. I'll take a photo when I get it all set up.

We also prepped the kitchen and mud room for painting. Both the kitchen and the mud room have those doors that are half window with all the panes, which are a PAIN to tape off and paint. We got one coat of trim paint on most of the trim and doors. We should at least be able to finish painting the trim today. The goal is to have the kitchen and mud room completely painted by the end of the week. That will just leave a hallway, the sun room, and my studio to paint, hopefully.

This coming week, I need to finish packing the studio so we can paint next weekend. I think it's a 3-day weekend for my husband and maybe the girls too, so I should have some extra help. I would really like to go into February and have all that's left to do be some fine tuning and hiring people to do stuff we can't do. It's also nearly time to call the real estate agent so she can come and give us her advice. And tell us what we should list the house for. I have an idea based on the comps around here, but we'll see what she says. Fortunately, we are at about 50% loan-to-value at least, so I'm just trying to be sanguine about whatever the number is. It's not going to break us (well, hopefully not!) if it's lower than I am thinking.

I took some photos of the weird "walk-in closet" so I will post those in a bit.


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: 1/13/2013 8:24:17 AM
Oooh, Lauren--what's all that stuff on the top shelf? Like Post-its and cool office supplies? I like all the colorful stuff. I don't have that much office-y stuff but what I do have is shoved in a two-drawer filing cabinet at present, waiting for me to come rescue it once I finish the rest of my studio/office.


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: 1/13/2013 8:53:47 AM
OK, here is the closet behind the washer and dryer. The original plan was to turn this into a walk-in closet. Then the room with the washer and dryer would be a sort of sitting room/laundry room (the W/D are behind louvered closet doors and set back into the wall so they are not visible unless you are using them). Then the room I am sitting in (you go through the laundry room to get to it) was to be the master bedroom, and then the room behind me was to be the master bathroom.

We have the plans all drawn up for this, and were going to eventually implement it once the girls all graduated/moved out in a few years, but now we are moving, so we are not going to finish this final step. It was actually a three-step plan, and we did phase one right away in 2006 when we moved here. Then we did the second phase about four years ago, and then this third phase we really couldn't do until at least two of the girls were on their own. We did have the room behind me (currently functioning as a bedroom) plumbed for a bath, so that's all done.

Anyway, the plan is to "suggest" a walk-in closet in this room and then have the plans in a notebook so people can see what the designer came up with. They can implement the plan, which is brilliant and something I certainly could never have come up with, or they can leave it as is, or do their own thing. This walk-in closet room is approximately 8 x 16 with the cutout area for the washer and dryer, so it's technically big enough to be a bedroom. The laundry room has two large closets, so it could even be a functional bedroom. We have a twin bed and I thought about setting it up as a bedroom, but decided against it. People are smart enough to see that it is big enough to be a bedroom. We have 5 other functioning bedrooms in the house right now. We don't need another one.

So this is what I came up with instead. No way was I going to sink $1000+ into closet fixtures for the room when we are leaving. I found this wire closet unit on Amazon for $49. We can take it with us. The mirror will go on that ledge above the vanity. I think the ottoman is going to the storage unit. I am going to put a dining room chair in front of the vanity. I think that's good enough to suggest a walk-in closet/dressing room area together with the plans.

This room was FULL of stuff. All the christmas stuff, a twin bed and frame, all of our luggage, books, various old computers, rubbermaid totes, laundry baskets of old clothes, you name it. This was one of the projects that was done week before last. I think I took a before photo but nobody needs to see that, heh.



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: 1/13/2013 11:00:18 AM
Dh was very helpful at getting rid of stuff yesterday. We got 1/3rd of the garage done and I am going to push to get another corner and the workbench organized today. I really want my stained glass area organized so I can get started.

Yesterday we put a kite, a bunch of old office supplies, two planters, a nativity set, a few outdoor toys, and a childrens stepstool on the curb. Most is gone now.


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