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):

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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.

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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.


Monday, January 25th, 2010

Inspiration Monday: Frank Lloyd Wright


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In my effort to not be featured on Hoarders in the next ten years, I have been cleaning out drawers, cabinets, closets and attic spaces since the new year. It’s funny, there are certain items that are considered for the recycling bin each year, but for some reason or another they never quite make it in. Such is true with my Wright Houses 1997 datebook. Holy Moly. That thing is now 13 years old! I tried to turn it into a birthday calendar book so I’d have an excuse to keep it, but there are about four birthdays in there, and besides, that’s what Facebook is for.

So, after already pulling it from the recycling bin AGAIN last week (What if I want to cut out the pictures for my inspiration board? (O.K., then just do it!). What if I make cards out of the pictures (um, Becky, you never send cards anymore, and besides, you have about 200 you can use before you even get to your Wright Houses sloppy glued together 3rd grade postcards. There will be no craft to your tribute to Arts and Crafts). It’s time. I can let go because I have scanned a few favorite images from the photographs to share with you on Inspiration Monday. It’s the first time I’ve been organized enough to have an Inspiration Monday since 2009. Can you imagine how long it would take the Hoarders crew to get my house cleaned out? Viewers at home would say things like “Oh, did you see the crazy cat lady one?” “No man, that’s nothing, what about the crazy girl who had to scan everything before she put it in the dumpster and blog about it?!”

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio 1889-1909

William H. Winslow House 1893

Dana Thomas House 1902

Meyer May House 1908

Fallingwater 1935

Talieson III 1948


Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

The Organization Blog Fest Concludes (Kind of)


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Organization Blog Fest

And so we have come to the end. By now I would assume your 500 piece pencil collection is in order, your socks are filed away by color then size and your canned foods are arranged alphabetically. I can imagine you sitting by your bookcase, impressed with the outcome of your recent arrangement but also bored because decluttering and arranging your things was such a thrill and now that it is all in order you don’t know what to do with your time.

Ok, I’m almost spot on, right?

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