July102012

Can anyone share some good ideas on organizing clothes in dressers and a closet?

laurajaneralston:

I have SO many clothes, and I’ve already gone through them twice to get rid of stuff I don’t wear anymore/doesn’t fit and I have no idea how to try and organize it all. I have jeans, skirts, tank tops, tube tops, tshirts, dresses, etc…pretty much you name it, I own it in some style or another. And I do have the space for it (2 dressers with a total of 11 drawers plus a decent sized closet.) Help?

Hi!

My blog is just the place to find the steps needed to get your space looking and working just the way you need. There are lots of rebloggings and photos for advice and inspiration as well, which might be where you need the most help.

The best part is that you don’t need money to organize a space! I really emphasize on repurposing items that you already have to organize a space. This way, you’re staying financially responsible by not buying things you might not need, going green, and making your space work for you rather than the other way around. There’s nothing wrong with buying the things you want to make your space just how you like it, but it’s always good to repurpose what you have to make sure you like the system you started with before you really invest money into it.

Here’s the link to my blog page explaining the Life Rules for Organizing. Don’t worry, I’ll go over it with you in this post; it’s that easy: http://overtlyorganized.tumblr.com/Liferules

I’ll also give some suggestions as far as what types of items are popular for organizing closets and dressers and give links from Amazon at the bottom for you to check out.

So here we go:

  1. Purge Consistently and Efficiently. It seems that you’ve already gone through all of your items that you’re planning on putting in your closet and dressers. If you have other things you’re planning to put in your closet or dressers like shoes and bags, go through them as well. This way you know you have everything that you really want and need and not wasting space with the things you don’t love any more.
  2. Prioritize Your Belongings. Usually this applies more to things you keep backups of like cleaning supplies, so this isn’t very applicable to your closet and dresser. If you do have extras or backups of certain items, make sure that they’re stored in a place where they won’t be in the way of currently used items. Try not to store them where you’ll forget about them either.
  3. Repurpose Items to Your Advantage. For me, this is the best thing about organizing, aside from the fact that everything is organized. Repurposing items to help you organize is a great way of finding out a lot about your style and the things that you can invest money into for the perfect set up. Using left over shoe boxes, unused drinking glasses or vases, etc. to store your things just right is a big help to your pocket. If you decide to ditch an idea and try a new set up, you won’t lose any money in the storage items you won’t use anymore. Once you find the perfect set up, you can invest in your space however you choose.
  4. Store Items to Save Space. This is the most strategic and important part to organizing. Work with your space to store the most items while making it easy to access. If you’re having trouble finding space for a specific item, you may want to rethink whether or not you really need it. Otherwise, you’ll make a point to adjust your storage to accommodate that item.
  5. Label Items. When in doubt, use a label. When it comes to clothes, label items that are seasonal and stored away where they aren’t used often. I personally find that most things in closets and dressers don’t need labels because they’re used regularly and/or are stored in a way where you can see every item clearly, but it’s an individual preference.
  6. Maintain. Keep it up! It’s so easy to keep with a system once it’s started. It’s much harder to reorganize everything once you’ve left it get really messy. Simply don’t let that cycle start, and you will be a happy camper.

Now that we’ve gone over the basics, let’s look at how you want your clothes stored. What do you prefer folded or hung up? By separating the clothes into those categories, you can eyeball how much room you need for each set up. For example, maybe you like a lot of your clothes hung rather than folded, so focus on saving a much space as possible in your closet. 

The next step is to decide how you want your clothes hung. I personally store my hung items by sleeve length and each section is in color order. If you have a lot of clothes to hang, I suggest buying the flocked space saver hangers. They work well to keep your clothes from sliding off and they’re also thinner than the basic plastic tubed hangers, so you’ll save more space without cramming your clothes together to where they crease or wrinkle. If you have enough of clothes to take up two clothing rods, think about installing a rod higher up and a rod lower to utilize the height of the closet. This depends on your space and whether or not you need shelving for storing non-hanging items like shoes, folded sweaters, etc.

If you have shelving that you’d like to use for folded items, it’s a good idea to use dividers to help keep the stacks from toppling over. There are also hanging shelves available. They come in different sizes and colors, so you have a good chance of finding one that will complement your decor.  

When it comes to dressers, It’s all about the way you fold and how you divide the space. I personally use boxes from items I’ve purchased monthly because they were all the same size and fit in my drawers well. They sell drawer dividers too.

Here’s a link to see how to fold your clothes to save space: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rbogDaB-n0

Here are some links to the items I’ve mentioned:

Double Closet Rod: http://www.amazon.com/Whitmor-6021-378-Chrome-Collection-Double/dp/B000QWKP7K/ref=sr_1_3?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1341939079&sr=1-3&keywords=clothing+rod

Flocked Hangers: http://www.amazon.com/Closet-Complete-Ultra-Velvet-Hangers/dp/B0037KMSRI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1341938976&sr=8-1&keywords=clothes+hangers

Hanging Shelves: http://www.amazon.com/Whitmor-6351-1234-JAVA-Organizer-Collection-Accessory/dp/B001KMRZ0U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1341939002&sr=8-1&keywords=hanging+shelves

Shelf Dividers: http://www.amazon.com/Spectrum-77100-Over-The-Shelf-Divider-1-Pair/dp/B000MSAHWG/ref=sr_1_1?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1341939035&sr=1-1&keywords=Shelf+dividers

Drawer Dividers: http://www.amazon.com/Expandable-Dresser-Drawer-Divider-White/dp/B004T8NR7C/ref=sr_1_5?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1341939147&sr=1-5&keywords=drawer+dividers

Of course, there are always extra goodies available like scented sweater boards and sachets to make your clothes smell great and protect them from moths. Hopefully this helped you get an idea of where to start and how you want to use your space! Happy organizing and have a good one!

(Source: herecomesthesun-littledarling)

June52012

How to: Organize and Store Important Documents

How many times have you needed a specific paper in a pinch (like when you’re  getting a driver’s license) and end up tearing your house apart finding it? Then this post is for you!

This isn’t really about paperwork that you consistently work with like your bills, it’s about warranties and other important documents used as proof of validity and things like that. Here’s a guide to making your important documents easy to find and well protected.

When organizing your paperwork, it’s important to label and keep them in chronological order.

  • Keep in mind that these are papers that you aren’t usually rifling through, so you’re just updating as more papers come along. This means you can store this in a place where you won’t be reaching for it on a regular basis.
  • I keep my paperwork in subject appointed folders. Then I keep them clipped together in chronological order and labeled with a title and the relevant years. All of my folders are in a 3” 3 ring binder. It’s pretty simple.
  • Highlight any important information like dates, amounts, or specifications. Seriously. It makes life easier.
  • It’s good to keep a sheet handy in the central hub of the space. If you’re working on household paperwork, the central hub may be the dining room or the kitchen, for example. Keep readily needed papers like important numbers and other emergency information.
  • If you have especially valuable items like jewelry, be sure to take pictures of the items to keep with its paperwork. This helps to provide proof of the item’s existence and condition should their be any damage or theft.
  • Scan all of your paperwork and pictures and put into pdf files. Be sure to store this on an off site source whether it’s an external hard drive, jump drive, or a protected online source. This protects your information from being lost forever in a fire or other situation.
  • To reiterate: Every space should have emergency contacts in their central hub. You never know when you’ll need them!
  • Keep your appliance paperwork in the room it’s stored. Set it in a cupboard or other place where it’s out of the way but easy to find. I suggest a folder or three ring binder to store and protect the papers. When/if you have a problem with the appliance, it makes it that much easier to find the warranties and other information.

Try it out and see how it works for you. Hopefully you’ll feel relieved knowing that you have everything in order and backed up so everything is well protected. Have a Good one, Fellas!

May302012

Anal Retentive Tip: Clear Nail Polish

We all know what time it is: Anal Retentive Tip Time!

Here are some ways to prevent annoying happenstances with just a dab of clear nail polish:

  • Seal bottoms of metal cans to prevent rust rings
  • Prevent a run in panty hose from growing
  • Seal a screw into place (ex. Glasses)
  • Seal envelopes
  • Secure buttons
  • Prevent ribbon frays

That’s it! Simple, cheap, and a great way to solve stress inducing problems!

Have a great day, fellas.

May252012

I’m obsessed with Youtube and watching possibly the grossest and most boring things. I came across a makeup storage video that has a woman who repurposes boxes in her storage.

As you may or may not have realized yet, I love the concept of repurposing things you already own. It cuts down on wasting money and it’s eco friendly. If you have an issue with the aesthetics of repurposing, decorate it to fit your personal style. I love being creative with my repurposing! Personalizing your storage makes it not only fun, but it gives you incentive to keep up with staying organized. After all, you take care of the things you put time into.

So here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsLY-o974hY&feature=related

Have a great day, fellas!

9AM

Here’s another Youtube video where a clever lady repurposed boxes she already has and got storage items on sale and altered them as she needed. I love stuff like this and I know I’m probably alone in that, but it’s ok.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS5WYppzTpI

May242012

Pesky Plastic Bags: Storage and Usage

Pesky Plastic Bags: Storage and Usage

It happens. We aren’t always the most eco friendly in such an eco forward society. Despite the dilemma only being a simple change in habit, there are many of us that tend to resist…or we simply forget our tote bags when we went shopping. My parents took years (about 15) to finally get into the practice of recycling. It’s only plastics, but any progress is good progress.

I’m taking the scenic route to saying, “I know everyone has plastic bags, and I’m going to show you how to store and use them wisely.” So here we go:

  • Storage: Ugly Caterpillar


While on vacation last year, my mom tried crocheting a pair of leg warmers for me. It didn’t turn out well. I had one leg warmer that would just fit the legs of an old diabetic woman with edema so severe she looked like she stole her granddaughter’s shoes and shoved them on. I decided to repurpose it since I had matching yarn to alter it and gave it a handle and a tapered end. It works by pulling the bags out from the base, but the handle is too stretchy and it looks like a big purple lumpy caterpillar hanging off my door. I suggest making or buying one that’s made of a fabric that will not stretch and will hold its shape well yet accommodate many bags.

  • Storage: Tissue Box

I’m taking the repurposing route and suggesting using an old tissue box. They come in fashionable designs and/or you can decorate them to fit your decor as you see fit. What’s nice about old tissue boxes is that they have the little plastic film over the opening which gives a little bit of resistance when pulling out the bags. This allows you to grab one bag at a time while still letting you shove a bunch of bags in the box without ruining it.

You may want to weight it down or just commit to the fact that you will have to actually hold the box as you remove a bag. I know this seems pretty weird to even think about, but I have bad grip in my one hand so I notice these things.

  • Storage: Paper Towel Roll

Another idea is to use a paper towel roll. This is more ideal if you don’t have enough plastic bags for a tissue box to be effective. The paper towel roll is generally the type of storage for the bags that you shamefully hide away under the sink…at least in my opinion. I don’t see them looking fashionably disguised like the tissue box, and if you aren’t grabbing for them often (shame if you are I guess) the paper towel roll works well stored away.

  • Uses: Trash Can Liners

Although I think we should try using paper bags as liners in my house, I’m still living with my parents and they insist on using plastic grocery bags as trash can liners. It’s pretty useful but I don’t like the idea of unnecessarily filling landfills with them. If you use them as liners in your house too, it’s so easy to use the tissue box method and carry it throughout your house as you empty the trash to replace discarded liners.

  • Uses: Plarn


By cutting the bags and attaching the ends to other cut bags is a good way to make yarn, or plarn. Obviously, plarn is plastic used as yarn. Here’s a video on how to do it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bYTfKEUerWs

  • Uses: Dust Catch-all

When dusting the ceiling fan or other high areas where dust will be prone to falling onto the floor, try to utilize a plastic bag (or a dust cloth over a cupped hand) to keep it from making more of a mess. Take a lesson from gravity: you should clean from the top to the bottom, hence the saying “from top to bottom.” This prevents dust or dirt ruining an area that you’ve just cleaned. I use them when I’m grooming my dogs, but like I said earlier, paper bags would be preferable. 

  • Uses: Sick Bag/Trash Bag for in a car:

It’s pretty self explanatory. If you’re storing a few sick bags in the car, make sure they’r double and triple layered with no weak spots or holes at the base for obvious reasons.

Well, aside from recycling, that’s all I have for storage and uses for plastic bags. Seriously though, do invest in cloth grocery bags. They are easier on the planet and will cut back on floating plastic bag snacks for the massive pile of plastic floating out in the ocean three times the size of Texas. Plus, many stores will reimburse you a nickel for every cloth bag that you use! Have a good one fellas!

 

May232012

Welcome New Followers!

I’m excited to see that I have some followers! This blog is still fresh and new, so to see that there are people already interested before there’s some actual substance to it makes me bask in the glory and its promise of success.

Please check out the pages on the top banner to see the welcoming message and mission statement as well as the life rules and basic of organization.

Please fill my inbox with questions and tips to add onto the blog. Tag your organization blogs with “overtly organized” in order to share your organization successes or conundrums. It’s the only way I’ll find it!

Remember, organization isn’t about obsessively managing every aspect of your life and possessions. It’s about know what you own, where it is, and owning your time and tasks so you can efficiently accomplish daily tasks and larger than life goals with the least amount of stress and time so you can simply enjoy your life. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with life, try organizing so you can tackle it and own it.

Have a great day fellas!

May172012

The Magic of Task Lists

A really simple way to get things done and feel accomplished is to have a daily task list. It’s pretty cool how a list can motivate you! If you have large tasks, try making a monthly task list, then breaking it down to weekly lists. This helps make the tasks much more manageable for daily completion and makes it more enjoyable.

If you aren’t sure what approach would work best for you, here are different methods to try out:


  • Post-its:

Try putting your tasks on individual post-its and place them in a portable folder or a board in a main room (kitchen, dining room, etc.) that is the central hub for most of your house traffic. You can remove the post its as the tasks are completed.

  • The Scribbling Technique:

Some people work better by grabbing whatever piece of scrap paper nearby and writing tasks and ideas down. Keep these in a central area like a purse compartment or a specific pocket until you can transfer them down onto a task list or other “official” document.

  • Organizing Your Task List:

Try writing down everything that comes to mind in no particular order, then assess the priority of the tasks. Organize them so that the most important tasks get done first in the most efficient way possible. Pretend you’re lightning; organize your path in a way that you’re taking the easiest route possible. For example, stopping by the post office may come before getting lunch if the post office is closer than wherever you’re getting lunch. This is my personal favorite way to organize a task list.

  • Smartphone Apps:

There are apps out there specifically geared to make sure you keep your life in order…as long as you actually use it. Errands To-Do List is a free iPhone/iPad app that easily lets you put your task list together with various bell and whistles so you can keep on top of your work. It even syncs with iCloud and other devices.


Give it a try and see if it’s a good way for you to keep track of your tasks and ease stress. Tell me how task lists work in your life! Leave a message in my inbox! Happy task listing and have a great day, fellas.

8AM

Sticky Situation: Unstick a Zipper

So I happened to be in a public bathroom and had a bit of a dilemma. There I was doing my thing when I pulled my pants up, buttoned the top, and then struggled with my zipper. It was stuck and there was no way to zip them back up. Thankfully, my mom was near by and she had a trick up her sleeve. We rubbed some soap on the zipper and wiped off the excess. 

It was magic.

I asked her how she knew to do that and she simply replied, “I don’t remember, probably when I was still living at home yet. It’s better to use a bar of soap instead though.”

So there you go, just rub some bar soap on a tricky zipper instead of letting the barn door open, or worse, throwing out perfectly good pants.

May82012
May72012

Anal Retentive Tip: Happy Brush, Happy Hair!

A hairy and sticky brush is nasty. Don’t be a derper! Clean your Brushes! Here’s how to clean your brushes and keep them that way.

  • Clean out the loose hair with a clean spooly/mascara wand to get in between the bristles easily.
  • Fill a sink with hot water and mild shampoo.
  • Swish the brush in the water, making sure to rub in between the bristles to get the base clean.
  • Dry the brush thoroughly, letting it out to dry completely if it is padded.

For future cleaning ease, try putting a piece of panty hose through the bristles to protect the base from residue from hair products and to make it easy to remove loose hair.

Happy brush, Happy hair!

May32012

Ask Me Questions!

Have a space that needs an overhaul and you don’t know where to start? Have another organizing or cleaning question? Have organizing feats to share? Contact me! Ask me questions, share your accomplishments (or failures) with me!

April302012

Quick Repurposing tip

Use contact case for storing pills, spices, chapstick ends, broken lip gloss.

1AM

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