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One thing I’ve noticed with organizing is I don’t always go in with a plan. Yes, I can see the end result in my head, but that doesn’t mean the specific items are placed where they will eventually end up. I just know it can look better than it currently does and as I go along in the organizing process, the layout order comes as a natural part of the progression.

I recently did some work in a master bedroom closet. The owner has a great space, but it wasn’t being used to its full potential, and clothes were just shoved in wherever there was space. My thought was, ‘Why make figuring out what to wear even harder by not knowing what all you have?’. So I set to work. I started with the hanging items first. I knew getting TOO organized (color coordinated) would never last, but keeping similar styles together (again, like with like – can you guess my favorite organizing tip?), i.e. long sleeved dresses, 3/4 sleeve dresses, short sleeve dresses, tank dresses, strapless dresses, definitely gives an organized look without being too restrictive and making the homeowner even more overwhelmed after I’m gone. I did the same thing with her shirts (long sleeve -> tank tops) and pants (pants -> shorts). There can be so many different sub categories in those general categories, but for the average “not OCD about organizing” person, I’ve learned these are good, and even more importantly easy to maintain, categories.

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Where did that sock go?!

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Here’s a tip for that wonderful smelling, warm, delicious and absolutely lovely clean laundry – fold the laundry as it comes out of the dryer. Doing this will not only reduce the risk of wrinkles, but it also greatly reduces the risk of clothes ending up tossed on the floor or a chair or the top of the dresser or at the end of the bed which will eventually end up on the floor or… you get the idea. I think laundry that’s just piled on top of each other somehow creates more laundry. Like, it multiplies on its own. I’m not sure how, but when there’s a pile of laundry on the couch, I swear it just gets bigger and bigger every time I walk by. And then there’s that one sock that is just gone…. I have no explanation for that one.

So, whether you have a designated folding area in the laundry room or you have to use the couch, kitchen table, or kitchen counter, do yourself a favor and fold your clothes.

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Two for the price of one

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Here’s the first of my “guest tips”. I love reading the blog “I’m an organizing junkie… and you can be too!” at www.orgjunkie.com Laura gives great, practical tips without making organizing seem completely overwhelming.

In one of her posts from April, she gives suggestions on “How to get the itch to pitch”. Her number one reason? “Recognize purging is for everyone.” You don’t have to be an official hoarder on television to purge items from around your house. I love going through my closet, dresser, or nightstand (because when you’re a live-in nanny, that’s pretty much the only space that your’s) and getting rid of items I no longer need. One rule I live by is, for every item of clothing I buy, I try to donate an equal number of items from my existing clothes. I’ll be honest, it doesn’t always happen, and it’s mainly because I don’t want to go down to the dark and scary basement to get more hangers, but still! It’s a good way to keep my clothes from taking over my entire room.

So here ya go. 2 tips for the price of one. Now go and be productive.
Oh yeah, if you want to see the post “How to get the itch to pitch” click the link below.

HOW TO GET THE ITCH TO PITCH

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That deep dark abyss…

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Under the bed storage is valuable storage space. And everyone can utilize it. And you can have it without hiring an architect and contractor to build you an awesome bed frame with awesome drawers of all different awesome shapes and sizes like you see on pinterest. *Sigh* Instead of just shoving whatever you have under your bed and giving up on the whole awesome bed/storage duo, consider what you want to store and find the best container to hold it.
If you’re not in to the whole “plastic-see- through bin” look, a bed skirt is the perfect way to hide those ugly containers. If you’re not in to the whole “bed skirt” look there’s plenty of trendier options to choose from – wooden storage boxes, designer boxes, roller “drawers”, or even DIY storage with cardboard boxes and wrapping paper. Whatever your budget or desires, there is something that will work, so dig down deep (or in this case, reach way far away to the middle of the floor under your bed) and make it happen.

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One way to not end your life miserably

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Do you have a messy desk in your home office, spare bedroom, or, as in my parent’s case, kitchen? One way to stay organized in this area is to give each drawer its own category, however broad or limited that may be. This will come in handy when you’re on the hunt for that one item you desperately need. Too many junk drawers will make it almost impossible to locate it and then you’ll get frustrated and if you get frustrated you’ll get angry and if you get angry no one will like you and you’ll lose all your friends and be miserable for the rest of your life. Don’t end your life miserably – organize your desk drawers!

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