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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Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Organization Wedesday: The Wrapping Closet


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I just realized that when read aloud, the post title above makes it sound a little like the closet is a member of The Geto Boyz or something. Anyway, a few months ago some girlfriends and I headed down to Senoia Georgia to check out The Southern Living Idea House. When I look around my mess of a house and think about how I have no idea whom I’ve bought presents for and if I have, where in the world they are, I wonder if I’d be in better shape if I had an entire wrapping closet. This is pretty impressive:

Seriously, who has this kind of space?

By the way, the house was really fun. My pictures are don’t do it justice, but I’ll try and share some or scan the brochure when I have time, after I figure out where that wrapping paper I bought in bulk at IKEA five years ago and the Scotch tape are…

By the way, the house is still open for the next few days (through December 12). I highly recommend going to lunch at The Redneck Cafe, and be sure to order the fried pickles! More information about visiting the idea house is here.


Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Inspiration Monday/Environmental Tuesday/Organization Wednesday


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Hey All!

I know it’s Wednesday already and my Thanksgiving week of blogs is a jumble, but I have to ask: Do you Rue? I just wanted to make sure you know that the new issue of Rue Magazine is live. I’m triple dipping, as it’s great for Inspiration Monday:

Environmental Tuesday: It saves on paper and those pesky carbon footprints the mail truck makes because it’s online.

Finally, Organization Wednesday: It contains beautiful images of my personal most-coveted closet, that of Sea of Shoes’ Jane Aldridge and her mum Judy Aldridge. I envy their (sometimes shared) wardrobe more than any other in the world. If you love fashion and you haven’t checked out the Sea of Shoes blog, I promise once you visit once you won’t be able to stop! Here’s a peek at how Judy curates her closet like a museum display. To see the rest (and there is a LOT more, you’ll have to go Rue – it starts on page 110)

  • Image 1: photographed by Manny Rodriguez for Rue (interior designer is Samantha Reitmayer-Sano)
  • Image 2: photographed by Michael Wells for Rue (it’s a Windsor Smith designed room)
  • Image 3: photographed by Manny Rodriguez for Rue (interior designer is Samantha Reitmayer-Sano)

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Organize: The Closet, Ali’s Before and After


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The closet is perhaps one of the most painful things to organize, even (or especially) when you don’t have one. In moving to our loft space we were left closetless. Where do you put your stuff when you don’t have a closet or dresser? Well, this is what we lived like for nearly two months:

Disgusting. What do you do when you can’t live like this any longer? Read the rest of this entry »