There was quite a response to the question, so I thought that it would be best to share each Q and A here in one big post.
I’ll also say that some questions I cannot speak to directly from personal experience because I don’t have kids and I am not moving to or from Japan. So when I cannot relate personally from my own life, I will share based on principles, what I believe I would do in each case.
My hope is that these insights, or any that are provided in the comment section, are helpful for those that face similar challenges.
Ready? Let’s begin.
I’d love to see how you organize tech (and their accessories) with their respective warranties, instructions, receipts, & boxes.
- Kathleen Ballos (@snowdropandco)
I’ll say right away that my approach may not be ideal for some people. But Mr. Lively and I have honestly found that we rarely ever use the boxes or instructions for electronics. And warranties are pretty rare for us since we are apartment dwellers without appliances and don’t purchase warranty extensions on our electronics.
So for this reason, I am pretty sure that I only have the instructions for the TV and the printer (which does get used from time to time).
I may also still have the box for my MacBook Pro in the guest room closet because it is the one electronic I would be likely to eventually sell. However, I did resell my laptop back to Apple and they sent me a box to use, so even my box may not be necessary.
Instructions, I’ve learned from Mr. Lively, are often available for products online, so we no longer worry too much about those as well.
So to answer the question, I keep a few instructions in a folder and would include warranties there too, if I had them. Boxes I’m less concerned about keeping in general unless I was sure I was going to re-sell.
Jewelry and hair accessories please! My headbands and bracelets are out of control.
- Kelsey Heinze (@keheinze)
This one I’ve got to say has a lot to do with editing. I have gotten better and better over the years at editing my jewelry wardrobe down to only the items that I use on a frequent basis.
The items that I use sit on my dresser, below. Necklaces go on the tree branch, earrings go in the ikat bowl, and bracelets and watches go in the crystal bowl.
I do have about 10 more pieces than what is shown in this photo, now, but overall this is still the same set up.
I also have some heirloom jewelry which I have on display, but my bedroom only houses the regular workhorses in my wardrobe.
There also is a bag of old Jess LC designs tucked away in the guest room closet (aka “the attic”) for when I have a daughter to share them with.
When it comes to headbands, I only have one. And it is hanging with my belts on these great hooks and rods from Ikea.
I’m hoping to get through my house this summer…but organizing the organizing is proving to be scary (it’s a big house and it’s just me doing most of it, kids aren’t much help).
Thoughts on organizing the organizing of a big house when you work full time? Thanks!
- Marguerite S.
This one I really can’t speak to from personal experience since I don’t have kids nor a big house.
I think I would personally try to devote a few weekends to doing it since I wouldn’t want it to drag on for months and weigh on me with such a busy schedule. I would also probably enlist my children (depending on age) to be responsible for helping with their items (something The Seven Habits recommends).
If that option wasn’t available, you could consider hiring help.
In fact, I was hired as a teenager to organize and clean a busy neighbor’s overflowing playroom since she was too busy to tackle the project.
Either way, it will require time (doing it yourself on nights or weekends) or money (hiring help) to resolve. You could even “hire” your kids!
If anyone else has thoughts on how to get this done, please share as well!
One idea would be prioritizing. Where does a rational person start? Another would be storage of under used hand me down china and crystal you can’t get rid of for various reasons.
- Lynda M.B.
Not knowing your exact situation, I’d start with creating a vision of what I’d like the space to look like. I’d then figure out what actions and organizing would give me the most progress towards the actualization of that vision and start there.
To me, the ability to have your space reflect your vision for it is the highest priority. It may also give you the encouragement you need to keep going and complete the smaller, less impactful changes as well to complete the overall look you are seeking.
And on the china front, I’m sorry that you have items you feel you cannot get rid of! That’s really tough.
I suppose, since I live in an apartment, I would store it in Tupperware tubs under my guest bed. But you could do the same in whatever area of your home you have extra unused space as well.
Planning…electronic vs. paper…personal vs. work.
- Lauren H.
For me electronic is best since it actively syncs with my phone and computer (I use Google Calendar and TeuxDeux).
I was a paper girl before, but the idea of losing that planner used to scare me. I also enjoy that my electronic schedule will beep at me and alert me before specified appointments to remind me to get a move on!
And to keep things simple I keep work and personal all in the same place. This might be easier for those that are self-employed vs. at a corporate job, however.
As far as what to plan to do when, I’m covering that in today’s WIKW!
Clothes, accessories and jewelry. By color, function or outfit and if by outfit what about muting use items?
- Janice W.B.
Clothes: I have t-shirts, shorts, and sweaters folded on shelves in my closet. For the rack, I do three main sections: short-sleeve and sleeveless tops, long sleeve tops, and dresses.
Each of those main sections are then color coordinated from light to dark so I can essentially find any item I’m looking for in any section quickly and easily.
Pants and skirts are on their own rack and are by color as well.
Accessories: I have my scarves and belts hanging on rods and hooks from Ikea.
Jewelry: Check out my answer to Kelsey above.
- Kara F.
My honest answer is: I try to get rid of as much as possible and keep everything online.
This leaves me with very little paper to deal with. I have a binder for consulting notes, a hanging folder box for bills and insurance, and a plastic folder for 2013 receipts.
Past year’s accounting items go in their own plastic folders and are stored on the upper shelf of the guest room closet.
Important items like passports, birth certificates, etc. all go here.
I second the clothing stuff (including editing with your organizing)- its something everyone can use, but many of us don’t have the money to hire someone to help us with this daily task! Everyone is busy and rushed in the morning – an organized closet can really help start the day right. Mine is a mess.
- Ashley G.P.
This can be tricky to do if you have a hard time letting go, but I think an intense makeunder could really help you.
They say that we wear 20% of our clothes most of the time. So chances are that you might be feeling overwhelmed by your closet due to having too many items that you no longer need, use, or love.
I would focus on creating a killer vision of what you’d like your closet to look like and how many items you’d like to have and then work your exfoliating towards achieving that vision.
You could also ask a friend who is good about clutter to spend the day with you to help you to make progress as well.
Here’s a previous makeunder I did on my wardrobe which might be helpful, as well.
Tomorrow I’ll be back to finish answering the questions shared on Facebook.
In the meantime, feel free to share any tips or insights you might have for these wonderful ladies as well!
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