WWOCD?

(What Would the Organizing Chica Do?)

Saying Goodbye to My Car (Ode to my Civic)

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Saying Goodbye to My Car (Ode to my Civic)

“It’s just a car.” That’s what my sister said about my 14-year-old car – a car that I would have held onto forever if I could have. She’s not a professional organizer, so she clearly doesn’t understand the attachments that people can have to their things. And if she read my blog, she would know how sentimental I am when it comes to stuff (remember how I was holding on to deflated mylar balloons?). So when I sold my Honda Civic recently, I felt like I had parted with an old, dear friend. My loyal...

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Box 7 of 9: Cancelled Wedding Clutter

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Box 7 of 9: Cancelled Wedding Clutter

It was time. My date with the box that I had avoided for the better part of a decade had arrived. I went into my parents’ garage, straight to the back corner where I pulled out the gray Sterilite container and popped off the lid. I did it quickly, as if any hesitation would cause me to turn around and leave the box in there for another 10 years. When I embarked on this journey to downsize the nine boxes of memory clutter, this is the one box I was dreading (my box of Beanie Babies was a close second!). I was saving it until the end, but...

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Box 6 of 9: Memory clutter or historic preservation?

Posted by on 12:22 pm in Memory Clutter, Organizing Newspaper Clips | 0 comments

Box 6 of 9: Memory clutter or historic preservation?

I’ve hit a milestone. Getting to Box No. 6 means that I am now two-thirds of the way through this seemingly never-ending project of downsizing my memorabilia. But before I start celebrating, I have to get through this box –  which, thankfully, was an easy one (that’s why I picked it!). This bankers box contained more of the articles that I wrote during my stint as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times. And you’d think that because I had already made the decision to hold on to my clips – lest I forget that I was...

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Box 5 of 9: Revelations

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Box 5 of 9: Revelations

It’s been a year since I’ve visited that corner of the garage where my boxes of sentimental clutter lurk. Nearly two years ago, I started on this journey to rid my parents’ garage of the nine boxes of random stuff that somehow were important enough for me to keep but not important enough to take with me on my many moves. Within six months, I had gone through four boxes and had rid myself of my heliumless mylar balloons, bell bottoms, 100+ Beanie Babies, and Barbies (among other things). After that, I needed a break! And...

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How to Organize Your Greeting Cards

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How to Organize Your Greeting Cards

I’ve placed “greeting cards” in the category of “Things That People Rarely, If Ever, Want to Get Rid Of,” along with things like books, pictures and clothes that don’t fit. We attach such a high level of sentimentality to them, yet we cram them into drawers, place them in random bags that are then stuffed into closets, or send them to their death in a dingy cardboard box in the garage. But if you’re going to continue holding onto all those greeting cards (and you know you are), then it’s time to...

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Less Stuff, More Experiences

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Less Stuff, More Experiences

This is what Christmas with my family looks like. See all those presents? They’re all full of stuff. Year after year I’ve watched as my nieces and nephews tear into one gift, toss it aside and tear into the next one, not really paying attention to what they received – much less, who gave it to them. And the more I work in homes that have been overrun by stuff, the less I want to contribute to the stuff epidemic. So I decided that for Christmas (and all other gift-giving occasions), I would give less stuff and more...

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The Hunger Games A.K.A. The Accumulation Games

Posted by on 1:15 am in Organizing Collectibles | 0 comments

The Hunger Games A.K.A. The Accumulation Games

Let the accumulation games begin! If you’ve watched TV, listened to the radio, surfed the Internet or paid attention to billboards you know that the biggest cultural phenomenon since the Twilight and Harry Potter series is coming today to a movie theater near you. The Hunger Games is the much-anticipated movie based on the young-adult novel by the same name. The book – the first in a trilogy by Suzanne Collins – is set in a post-apocolyptic world in which one boy and one girl from each of 12 districts are randomly selected...

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Another Day, Another Box

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Another Day, Another Box

I think my boxes are regenerating. I was helping my mom look for a picture that she had put away in a safe place (read: a place that made no sense and hence, the reason she couldn’t find it) and guess what I found? Another box full of my crap. Did you think I was kidding when I said that my mom and dad’s house was a Museum of Me? As much as I’ve tried to leave their nest empty, the stuff somehow manages to hide from me. It also should come as no surprise that among the contents of this box were Beanie Babies. That’s...

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Jason Wu for Target: Hype = Clutter

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Jason Wu for Target: Hype = Clutter

In a matter of hours, Manhattan-based designer Jason Wu will single-handedly increase the amount of clutter in homes across the country. Wu was the “who” that First Lady Michelle Obama was wearing on her husband’s inauguration. One look at the white, one-shouldered, chiffon ball gown that she wore was all it took for the nation to become obsessed with the designer. With the launch of Jason Wu for Target on Sunday, Feb. 5, Wu will join the growing list of designers who have released affordable clothing lines at local...

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Box 4 of 9: Childhood Remnants

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Box 4 of 9: Childhood Remnants

Strawberry Shortcake greeted me when I opened the box. “Hello, my friend. I’ve missed you.”   And how did I respond? I shoved her into a bag destined for Goodwill. What a friend I am. After forcing myself to let go of my Beanie Babies, I wasn’t looking forward to going through another box of stuff. My parents have space in their three-car garage for my remaining six boxes (they had room for all nine boxes!), so why bother? Someone else can go through all that crap when I die, right? Wrong! I made a commitment to...

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