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Cleaning out and Organizing my closet - any tips?

Thursday, August 11, 2011

I am cleaning out and organizing my closet this afternoon! I'm getting rid of worn-out and ill-fitting clothing, plus setting up the closet so I can easily find things. Any suggestions for closet organization would be really useful!

A more substantive post about how I felt going through the clothes and just general progress updates will follow this evening, but I wanted to solicit help early on!

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MIRAGE727 8/11/2011 3:23PM

    Take on one shelf or section at a time! (That's what my wife tells me! :) ) Get all the clothes you won't wear anymore out first. That will filter good. Our walk in closets are both California Closet fitted. It organizes and is extremely functional with little extras like hang poles. Check it out on line.

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IAMZBEE 8/11/2011 2:14PM

    How I like to do it:
- separate clothes into function, such as work clothes & fun clothes. Then, separate by sleeve length & color.
- I'll have a row of tanks, a row of cutie shirts, a row of long-short sleeve shirts (like sport shirts), a row of shurgs, a row of button down, a row of club/go-out clothes, etc etc.

I had a friend tell me that each time she wore something, she would turn the hanger the opposite way so that she knew what she's worn and what she hasn't. At the end of the season, she would donate all of the clothes that she hadn't worn in order to ensure that she didn't keep clothes in her closet. I've always like that idea as well.

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    My favorite site for clothing care & organization (used by stylists & wardrobe people, but anyone can buy from here--really good prices):


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A better day + a new small goal

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

I was in good spirits today. I got in my morning workout (Day 8 of the Thirty Day Shred) and got a good amount of job search stuff in the morning. I ran some errands in the afternoon. All in all, a decently productive day so far. Best of all, I'm thinking positive thoughts and not being hard on myself. Despite the setbacks I've experienced, between the opportunities available to me and my own initiative and hard work, I can make a good, satisfying career for myself.

I have set my sights on a time management goal that's manageable. I am aiming for one focused, single-minded hour (with two five minute breaks) of focused work on career/networking stuff or independent writing each day. These days, I have been doing a lot of errands and watching TV in the evening while doing career work. I get an good amount of work done, then. But I need at least one focused hour. This is less important now than it will be during the school year, because now, I basically have all day to do it. But I think it's a small, good goal to start with. I am going to take 9-10pm today for it!

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CASSIECAT 8/10/2011 10:51AM

    I think that makes sense. It's amazing what can be accomplished in that focused hour, too. Glad you had a better day. :)

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IAMZBEE 8/10/2011 9:54AM

    Great goal and great mindset. You can do it. :)

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JACRBUNCH 8/10/2011 8:20AM

    Great goal! You can do it!

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ELEANORRIGBY13 8/9/2011 11:03PM

  Got the hour of work in --- and I kept going until now! So it was actually two hours! WooHoo!

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CHOUBROU 8/9/2011 8:50PM

    My favorite mantra I took away from this site is "start small, build big!" I like to think about this for exercise (starting with 15 minute blocks and gaining consistency) as well as other life tasks. If you start by giving 1 focused hour to networking/writing, you may even end up wanting to give more. Good luck!

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Sad while exercising, from guilt and fear about not doing other things

Monday, August 08, 2011

Last week I started crying while doing the 30 Day Shred. It wasn't because it was hard (although it was hard), it was because it was morning, I had woken up somewhat late and I was beating myself up for not having done enough the day before, and being slow to get to doing more that day. That feeling came over me again today during BFBM, although I didn't actually start crying.

I finished my summer job, and will not have much of a formal schedule until next week. I have a lot to do, but sufficient time to do it. I need to apply to some jobs and organize my room (as part of my new goal to be more organized). I know the sadness I feel is irrational, based in disappointment in myself from things past. All I can do is stay motivated and know my plan for the day. I only spend about 30 minutes exercising a day, and I have the whole day to catch up.

I have been consistent in exercising each morning and I am proud of that, but I feel less successful in my new goal of being more organized. However, I know I can't let this more successful area of my life suffer in my quest to be more organized and have better time management.

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IAMZBEE 8/9/2011 10:36AM

    Good job on getting the exercise in. It's all about the baby steps... They all add up. emoticon

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IMREITE 8/9/2011 12:23AM

    i liked it when i did 30 day shred because it was not a large time investment, but it requires some time everyday, but it is a great challenge. i sometimes with i put more time in some of my other goals, but i am trying to find balance and focus on what i can control.

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NEWNAC304 8/8/2011 10:54PM

    Great job getting the exercise in! Don't feel bad about takign that time for yourself. You are worth it! Spend a little time each day working on getting organized and you'll still reach your goal!

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    Congrats on your exercise!!!

It sounds like you might be overwhelmed by too many big goals at once...What if you chose one aspect of being more organized and focused on that, then added more as you were successful with the first item?

It takes the pressure off, and you see results as your successes build up...and you have less to beat yourself up over!

Baby steps are progress!!! emoticon

Comment edited on: 8/8/2011 5:38:07 PM

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FITFABME2 8/8/2011 5:37PM

    Stress less - be proud of what you have done! You aren't a perfectionist, are you?? Learn to accept what is and just do your best...OM! You sound like a great candidate for yoga... emoticon

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Sparking other aspects of my life: organization and time planning

Saturday, August 06, 2011

I bought The Spark two weeks ago. I am still working my way through it (I'm super busy), but I love its mindset that the tools it advances aren't just about losing weight: They're about building a better, healthier life.

I have been pretty disorganized my entire life, just because I thought I could get away with it and it saved time. I always thought it would be good to become more organized, but that I didn't really need to, and besides, those people who were super-organized were not as "fun" or "spontaneous" as I was. After a few disappointments this year, I am realizing that I need to improve my organization and time planning. But not in the way that I used to do it, which was a crash-diety kind of way (I need to clean my room because my parents are coming! I need to get myself prepared for a big test!), but in a real lifestyle change way.

I actually lose by being disorganized and not planning my time well. I lose time; when something is missing and I don't know where it is, it takes a while to find it. I lose confidence; I can't invite people into my room without shame. And I end up less able to perform; when I don't manage my time, I can get too wrapped up in completing one task and not do everything I need to do before a deadline.

The idea of criss-crossing really spoke to me, because there are some aspects of my life that are working that I can use to motivate and teach me how to succeed here. Setting small goals and aiming for streaks are tools I plan to use in improving my organization and time planning. I'll be blogging about this, along with my health goals from now on.

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IAMZBEE 8/8/2011 10:49AM

    You can do it! The first step is realization. The next step is taking control :)

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ROCHELLE62 8/7/2011 1:47PM

    I am chronically disorganized myself. Hoping to work on that but currently spending too much time on line and exercising to have time left over for organizing.

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CHARLIESGIRL69 8/6/2011 1:36PM

    Great blog! You really have a great attitude towards everything. Good for you!

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RUBECCAL 8/6/2011 11:19AM

    Great blog! I loved reading The Spark, especially since it wasn't just about losing weight.

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OBOIST61 8/6/2011 10:44AM

    Nice blog, and thoughts that really resonate with me. When you finish The Spark, I highly recommend The Happiness Project. The author worked her way through a year of building life habits that she thought would help make her happier, and interestingly enough, she started the year out with organization.
Best of luck to you!

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Emotional Difficulties

Sunday, July 24, 2011

I am a motivated and ambitious person. I have a wonderful personal life, and that's what's most important to me. However, I really do want to succeed in my career, too.

I have had a less-than-perfect first year in law school. I've done above-average, but not stellar. I am interested in some competitive jobs, and while I know I still have a chance at them (there are two more years, after all), I feel sad about not having done a perfect job first year. Law school awards all its internal prizes on the basis of first year. I know I need to do research into what is needed for my chosen career and continue to work hard and try to achieve at the level necessary to get there. But I feel very heartbroken. I was a real achiever in college and high school. The fact that I have failed to distinguish myself in the first year of law school will influence the rest of my career, and every time I process that fact, I feel unspeakably awful.

This won't impact my weight management goals. In fact, my healthy habits will hopefully help me deal with this crisis. I actually think I want to work harder at working out and eating right so I can have it as a stress-reliever and an alternate source of focus and self-confidence. I want to do more yoga to help with self-affirmation.

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LEMONILLA 7/25/2011 8:41PM

    Don't beat yourself up over this. not alot of people can get into law school, and remember we are all our own worst critic.

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    Law school. Wow! I can't begin to imagine how stressful that is, never mind feeling you have to be top of the class to succeed.

Looking back on a long and checkered career, I've come to the conclusion that what we think will make us happy and what will really make us happy may be widely different things. And very few things actually matter as much as we think they do in the long run. The things I pursued hardest turned out to be some of my biggest mistakes, and the things that I thought were totally screwed up took me where I needed to go. Sometimes it can take years to understand why things happen the way they do.

The right job is out there looking for you -- and it may not be the one you think has the prestige, etc. Trust yourself; trust the universe.

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CHARLIESGIRL69 7/24/2011 11:53AM

    Don't be so hard on yourself. That may hinder your results for your career choice. Good luck to you1

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ELRIDDICK 7/24/2011 11:50AM

  Thanks for sharing

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GOATGIRLJM 7/24/2011 11:40AM

    Don't be so hard on yourself. U made it to law school ,wow. Good job!

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