Posts Categorized: organize

This Week I Love …

tide pen

… my Tide Pen.

I am a spaghetti sauce magnet. Also salad dressing. And occasionally ice cream. Oh, who am I kidding, my klutzy nature means that most of my meals end up decorating my clothes in one way or another. And although I still swear by Palmolive as the ultimate stain remover, you’ve gotta dampen the stain, douse it in Palmolive, let it sit, wash it, and await the results. (Usually miraculous, occasionally only passable.) Sometimes you can’t make it home to change, and sometimes you end up with a stain that needs immediate triage. Enter the Tide Pen.

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The Value of a Wardrobe Holding Area

under bed storage

My slow but ongoing attempts to downsize my wardrobe continue, but culling has become much harder. I’m down to items that I still love (at least in theory), and am having to make decisions about taste/emotion versus actual use patterns.

One practice that helps ease the pain? I’ve created a holding area for items that I think I can let go, but am not entirely sure I want to cast off just yet. For me, this is a bunch of grocery bags in my laundry room, but the under bed storage box shown above would work just as well. If an item remains in the holding area for more than six weeks and I haven’t missed it, out it goes. And I am confident that it won’t be missed. So far, only one striped shirt has been brought back into rotation. The rest have been donated and never thought of again.

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Is it Useful? Does it Bring You Joy?

outfitsonbed1

Back in October, HM forwarded this article to me. It describes author and expert organizer Marie Kondo’s philosophy of closet cleaning and organization: Discard everything that fails to “spark joy.” At first I resisted this idea, mostly because I have experienced the antithesis of buyer’s remorse: Donator’s remorse. I know what it’s like to get rid of something in a whirl of organizational frenzy, only to find myself longing for it months afterward. I also believe that the maxim of, “If you haven’t worn it in six months/one year, get rid of it,” can be a little too harsh in some situations. Some items have limited use, but should still stick around for those infrequent but important occasions.

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