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Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Get Personal with the MASH Studios LAX Storage Platform Bed {Video}

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Happy Tuesday DP Peeps!  Looking for some early-week inspiration?  I’ve got to say, this video from our friends at  MASH Studios totally made my day.  Remember a while back we told you about their new, awesomesauce storage platform bed?  Well, not only do they make these awesome, kick you-know-what products, but then they go and make videos like the one below. As if we needed anything to make us want this bed even more!   How great is this?

If you haven’t checked out the new MASH Studios LAX Storage Platform bed, then you definitely should.  While you’re there, check out the gorgeous LAX headboard to go with it (also pictured in the video, above).  You won’t be sorry!

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Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Organizing and De-Cluttering: Cleaning Gayle King’s Closet

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Because we’ve been chatting about de-cluttering and getting organized in the new year, I want to tell you to pick up the March 2012 issue of O magazine. Publishing the clutter-clearing issue arrive in March is wise; everyone else is doing it in January, and we’ve all run out of steam, given up or forgotten about it by March.

The de-cluttering issue is always great, especially since clutter guru Peter Walsh is in Oprah’s posse. However, my favorite feature was not his decluttered ’til it’s really boring Palm Springs home, but rather, a bunch of people cleaning out the closet of  Oprah’s BFF, Gayle King. It is helpful, if not all that realistic (her closet is bigger than my kitchen). It is also totally hilarious. My favorite part was seeing her wearing this 1984 Ungaro dress she didn’t want to get rid of (I think you’ll have to buy the magazine to see the shot):

image via Oprah.com

My second-favorite part was writer Lisa Kogan’s description of said dress: “A marigold and black Ungaro with the kind of shoulder pads seldom seen outside the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive line.” She sounds ready to give Michael Kors a run for his money on Project Runway!

Anyway, I know shelling out money for magazines is a luxury right now, but this is an issue I will hoard until Peter Walsh declares it clutter and pries it from my cold, dead hands.

image via Just a Titch

Also, speaking of clutter, how have you been clearing yours lately? I dropped the ball on those Easy Organizing Projects, didn’t I? Here is a really easy, really enjoyable one attack the magazines!  I realize this is ironic, that I’m telling you to purge the glossies right after telling you to buy one; sue me. Take a stack along with a box and a stapler and enjoy them while watching TV, trying to get sleepy in bed, whatever. Rip out articles you want to read someday and staple each article together. You’ll now have a stack of juicy reading that won’t weigh you down next time you are on the train, a plane or the bathtub. Cut out pictures that you know you’ll want to save for future inspiration. Put them in your inspiration binder or scan or photograph them and upload them to Pinterest. If you don’t do this within a month, you need to recycle them as well.

If you don’t wind up cutting a thing out of your magazines, see if any schools, hospitals, shelters, nursing homes, etc. would like to use them. If you did cut things out, lots of art classrooms can use your magazines (make sure they are age-appropriate). If you just want them out of the house, pop them in with the newspaper and cardboard recycling.

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Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

How Do You Keep Up With Your Favorite Blogs?

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Hey All! I’m still trying to get organized, all over the place. In this case, on the web. I’ve been HORRIBLE about keeping up with my favorite blogs lately. How do you do it without becoming overwhelmed? I used some sort of reader for awhile but then I had so many hundreds of posts I had yet to read that I abandoned it; I can’t even remember which on it was!

Often I’ll just head to a favorite blog and catch up on a month’s worth of posts when I have some free time. This is not a great system though, because then I’ll forget the names of some of the blogs I love. The reader always helped me remember.

Please help me out and let me know how you keep organized and up to date with your blog reading in the comments section, and if possible, leave a link. Thanks!

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Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

New Year’s Organization: The Closet Deep Clean

Becky

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Image via LA Closet Design

So guys, it’s the last day of January; did you complete your closet cleanout? I decided I had better put my sweat equity where my mouth was and follow my own advice. I finished the deep cleaning but I did not do the whole color coordinating and sorting shebang. I’m here to tell you, it was gross. I did not realize how many dust balls could collect on shelves, the floor, the mouldings and my shoes; UGH!

Anyway, I finished most of it, but as an Aries, I have a really hard time completing things. I love to dive into projects but struggle to finish up those last details. For instance  my bathtub is currently full of extra plastic hangers and I never going to complete that project where I take pictures of all my shoes and past them on the boxes. However, when the mid-point of the project makes two bedrooms and a bathroom look like the following pictures, you are motivated to get as close to finished as humanly possible, if only so you can go to bed that night!

One of many rewards of finishing all of this? Shipping off several boxes to an eBay trading assistant who is going to convert my too-small clothes and shoes into cash for me. Part of my hoarding problem is thinking I was actually going to do this myself.

Also, I pulled a Joan Crawford and banned the wire hangers from my closet. I hit Target and bought a bunch of those flat velvety hangers that save space and replaced the wire and plastic ones. I took all of the rejects to my dry cleaners and she was so happy and grateful that her face lit up, and then she did my alteration for free as a thank you. It was an unexpected bonus to this project. Another reward was finding a few wonderful pieces of clothing I forgot I owned  that were hidden in the smush of stuff.

This brought up a great tip; I now keep two bags on my closet floor – one for giveaway clothes and one for those wire hangers that sneak their way in from the dry cleaners. Round them up and bring them back whenever you go.

Did any of you complete a project this week? Please tell us about it in the comments section!

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Monday, January 23rd, 2012

2012 Organizing Resolutions: Tackling the Closet

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So…last week I gave you five easy-peasy organizational projects to get you back on that new year’s resolution wagon. If you skipped that post, go back and dip your toes in with it. Now that February is fast approaching, let’s get something a little bit more substantial done. I’ll be adding projects each week to keep you on the organizational track.

image via L.A. Closet Design

Today’s project is not about color-coding or getting perfectly organized, it’s about cleanliness. Hopefully by now you’ve tackled each little drawer or box one at a time. If not, tackle that. You can do them at a rate of one a day as your project time, then wait for the weekend to tackle the closet cleaning.

You Will Need: Stepladder, featherduster, wipes or cleaning solution and a cloth, the vacuum with attachments. If your closet is carpeted, baking soda, if not, some sort of mop or swiffer getup, wastebasket, shopping bag, notebook, pen.

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  • Take every last thing out of your closet and put it in another room. Ignore it all for now; make sure you’ve left yourself a place to sleep tonight in case you run out of steam.
  • Grab a feather duster and a stepladder, and to to town, from where the walls hit the ceiling to the light fixture. Work your way from the top to the bottom.
  • Grab your cleaning agent of choice, be it vinegar, bleachy wipes or soap and water, and wipe down all your shelves.
  • Pick up any detritus like dry cleaning and price tags, cedar balls that have lost their scent, renegade mis-matched socks, etc. and toss it in the wastebasket you’ve brought into the closet.
  • If your vacuum is carpeted, sprinkle it with baking soda; leave for 1/2 hour.
  • Regardless of whether or not your closet is carpeted, turn on that vacuum and go to town.
  • If the closet is mop-able, you know what to do.
  • Grab any extra hangers and/or plastic dry cleaning bags and put them in the shopping bag to recycle next time you go to the dry cleaner’s.
  • If the mood strikes you, pull out your giveaway container and sort through your clothing – do that whole KEEP/TOSS/GIVEAWAY/REPAIR sorting thing. If you’re exhausted from all of that cleaning, forget it, you can sort another day –put everything back in and call it a day!

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Speaking of that sorting day, keep your notebook open with your pen out so that you can sketch out ideas for how to improve your freshly cleaned closet and keep a running list of things you may need to make it happen (new hooks, shoe racks, baskets, scented drawer liners, new lighting, etc.) While you’re out shopping for that stuff, pick up some cedar blocks to keep things fresh.

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