WWOCD?

(What Would the Organizing Chica Do?)

Box 2 of 9: Fashion Revival

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Box 2 of 9: Fashion Revival

This box may look small, but inside lurked a fashion revival. The 1990′s revival of the 1970′s to be exact. Yes, I embraced bell bottoms and wide-leg pants in all of their hippie glory! Here’s a sampling of the goodies I found: Four pairs of denim bell bottoms (the awesome pair on the right with all the buttons belonged to my sister) One pair of black-and-white, wide-leg pants One pair of cotton bell bottoms (also my sister’s) Two vests – one denim; one patchwork with fringes (which I don’t think I ever...

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Empty nest?

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Empty nest?

It turns out empty nests aren’t as devoid of stuff as the name implies – at least in the UK. According to a recent article in the Daily Mail, British parents are storing nearly £2.5 billion ($4.06 billion) of stuff that their children have abandoned. It happens in the U.S., too. My parents’ garage has been home to nine boxes of my stuff for years. Total value: I don’t know, but not even close to £2.5 billion.   How does it happen? When you leave mom and dad’s house, it’s usually to move into a...

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Box 1 of 9

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Box 1 of 9

I started with the smallest box because I thought it would be the easiest. See, even though I haven’t opened these nine boxes in years, I have an idea – albeit vague – of what’s in them. So I expected to open this box and find a bunch of old papers that I could mostly toss. What I found were lots of memories encased in little slips of paper dating as far back as 1990. These are some of the things I found: Embossed matchstick covers from my cousin’s wedding in 1990 – Toss My 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade IDs...

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Museum of Me

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Museum of Me

My parents’ house is like a museum of my life. A peek into a dresser drawer reveals a high school cheerleading uniform, circa 1996 (don’t ask if it still fits);  inside the linen closet lurks a math competition trophy from 1991 (1st place!); a relic from a failed relationship hides behind the door of a TV cabinet. While my pieces are sprinkled throughout their house, the main exhibit is in the garage. Deep in the bowels of the section of the garage that is supposed to house a third car (but hasn’t in nearly two decades) are...

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Operation: Paperwork

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Operation: Paperwork

When you have an operation, you may be prepared to spend a few days in the hospital, to eat bland food, to be achy and to show more of your backside to strangers than you have, well, ever. But what you may not be ready for is the onslaught of paperwork. My mom had knee-replacement surgery on March 11. But the packets of paper began arriving weeks earlier. First came the handouts on what to expect before, during and after the surgery. Next came the paperwork that laid out the series of doctors appointments she would have leading up to and...

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3 Dresses

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3 Dresses

Having three bridesmaid dresses in a closet is no where near the number of dresses Katherine Heigl had in her closet in the movie 27 Dresses. But in an effort to make a little bit of room in my closet – I can use all the space I can get – I set out to find a good home for my dresses. And I found it: The Prom Dress Project. The Prom Dress Project, and similar groups across the country, gives all those dresses that have been languishing in closets for years – maybe even a decade or two – a second chance. The dresses are...

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Christmas in February

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Christmas in February

  Christmas came 10 months early (or 1+ month late) inside a reusable bag that was handed out at the Los Angeles Organizing Awards.   How I waited three days to see what was inside is beyond me. I guess I can say that it was an exercise in delayed gratification. And gratified I was. I pulled everything out of the bag and grouped all the similar items together (it’s a sickness, I know). The first things to catch my eye were the books. I heart books. Especially free ones. And especially ones written by organizing guru Peter...

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And the award for best picture goes to – who cares?

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And the award for best picture goes to – who cares?

At a time of the year marked by ubiquitous awards shows that recognize the usual suspects, an emerging class of heroes was singled out as being the best in another industry: organizing. Just two weeks after the Golden Globes and one night before the Screen Actors Guild awards, organizing books, products, shows and retailers received the coveted awards handed out by the Los Angeles chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers.   The Los Angeles Organizing Awards, held at the Universal Sheraton Saturday, was a veritable...

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Shoe Boxes: The Sequel

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Shoe Boxes: The Sequel

After much consideration, I finally decided on a vessel for my shoes: the Skubb shoe box from Ikea. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30193375     I liked the front opening with the mesh window, they seemed sturdy enough and the price was right – $9.99 for  a pack of four. The box comes in black and white. I opted for black because I thought white shoe boxes would get grungy. Problem is,  I didn’t realize that I wouldn’t be able to see my shoes through the black mesh windows – especially if the shoes...

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10 Tips, 10 Minutes: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized

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Don’t wait until you have an entire day or weekend to kickstart your organization efforts. Just get started by following these 10 tips: 1. Choose a place in your home that you most want to see organized (garage, coat closet, kitchen). 2. Label two boxes: Keep and Donate. 3. Have a trash bag handy for items that need to be thrown away. 4. Set a timer for 10 minutes. 5. Pull one item at a time and make a decision about whether you’ll keep it, donate it or toss it – the faster you make decisions, the more you’ll get done! 6. Group like...

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