Posts made in December, 2010

The Ol’ Switcheroo

Posted by on Dec 30, 2010 in House Stuff | 16 comments

It’s the end of another year.  Time to party down on New Year’s Eve, set your resolutions for 2011 and turn all of the hangers in your closet backwards.  What, you don’t do that every year like I do?  Allow me to share.

I love organization and storage and hate clutter and old stuff lying around.  Closets can be the worst culprit for junk, but if you’ve ever tried to sort through your clothes you know how hard it can be to let go.  With this trick, you work backwards and let your actions make the decisions for you.

Every January, I turn all of the hangers in my closet backwards, like this.  It takes about 60 seconds:

Each time I wear an item, I hang it back up in the normal fashion, which takes zero effort to remember or do.  In June, any item that is still hanging backwards has not been worn in 6 months, and I usually donate it to Goodwill unless I can come up with a good reason to save it.  I don’t really have a “seasonal” wardrobe – I pretty much wear everything year-round, so if an item goes unworn for 6 months its usually because its out of style, it doesn’t fit, or I just don’t like it.

Then I turn all of my hangers backwards again and count down to January.

When I started this routine several years ago it wiped out about a third of my closet in the first six months!  Since then I’ve gotten much better about buying higher quality/less trendy clothes and focusing on buying clothes that I like versus clothes that are cheap.  Here are this year’s offending items:

I have an idea for re-purposing the striped sweater at the top into a mason jar cozy that Ray asked me to make him last night.  Stay tuned…

UPDATE: Here’s the cozy.  It took about 15 minutes to make, and Ray’s been using it to carry his quiches to work.

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Catch Up

Posted by on Dec 30, 2010 in House Stuff | 0 comments

Catch Up

So, we haven’t posted in awhile because of this:

A little of this:

Plus 100+ gallons of water to vacuum out of our basement.  It’s been a busy month.

I wanted to wrap it all up nicely in a bow, with details and before-and-afters and step-by-steps, but everything is in a constant state of “during”, and I think it will be that way for quite some time.

At least Goa is taking it in stride:

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