Today's post is the very first of our "House Hacks" videos, where we demonstrate little ways to make your house tidier that don't take much time!
This technique is the VERY FIRST thing I did on my tidying journey, after reading Marie Kondo's "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up." While I am not quite as precise as she is with the folding, inserting clothes into the drawers vertically has CHANGED MY LIFE. (She isn't kidding around with that title.) I like to call them my "serial killer" drawers because anyone who doesn't know the method would think I spent hours perfecting them. These drawers look beautiful and stay neat from laundry day to laundry day!
Have you tried this method? How did it go? Leave a comment here on the blog or on our Facebook page at TidyFairy!
Hello friends! Marlane Deanne here, and here at TidyFairy we are wrapping up our second week of the "6 Bags in 6 Weeks Spring Cleaning Challenge," which is books! This morning I put together a Pinterest board for you full of "gimmick free" bookshelf inspiration. Organization practices I deem too gimmicky for grown-ups:
I also added my sweet bookshelf to the mix! This bookshelf is a Craiglist find, and the blue and pink paint are original from a 1950's child's bedroom. I love how it is a spin on typical cube storage, especially since someone added the little door, which is not original. I keep my sentimental Twilight book collection back there!
To hear more about my books and how I pared down, check out my YouTube video all about decluttering books!
April is upon us, and the spring cleaning challenge is here! This week we challenge you to discard 1 bag (of any size...or box!) of clothes! You can do this!
As you declutter, take it slow. Really consider only one item of clothing at a time. Give it your full decision making attention. Remember that taking breaks is okay. Remember that you have lots of clothes and you will not run out. And keep your personal reason for doing this tidy in focus! Do you want to do less laundry? Do you want to free up more storage space in your drawers? Do you want to make room for new items you plan to acquire? Are you unable to actually see what you do have? Do you want to only have items that make you feel great? Do you just want your closet to look prettier? WHATEVER IT IS, let that personal reason motivate you as you begin this decluttering journey.
The thing you are hunting for in your closet this week is joy. Use your clothes to hone your sense of what you really love. Find that one item of clothing that you just KNOW you're going to keep because you LOVE it. Take it out, touch it, admire it. THAT is the feeling we want you to feel about all of the things that you have.
Don't worry about organization until you have fully decluttered all of your clothes. THEN take stock of your space, and put your beloved items on display!
Alright, let's do this, friends!! PLEASE share your progress with us on social media! Post pictures to our Facebook page, and on Instagram use the hashtags #6in6 and #WHATSINTHEBAG to show off your progress! I'd also super love to see that one favorite piece that you own; the one that showed you joy!
In solidarity, I also did a closet tidy. Here's the (dodgy...I swear I'm learning) video proof. Don't forget to snag the free printable Week One checklist at the bottom of the page! Enjoy!
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A few years ago, for health reasons, I became interested in removing as many chemicals as possible from my kitchen. While of course there are places that strong chemicals and preservatives belong, I don't think they need to be in my food or near my food. It turns out that plastics (all the many varieties) break down over time and can leave dangerous chemical residue in our food. What started as a health journey to remove those items from my kitchen turned into a tidying journey as well, when I realized how much more organized, attractive - and appetizing! - my fresh food had become.
My first resource was the Berkeley Farmer's Market, which published this amazing and comprehensive resource on the best ways to store fruits and vegetables without plastic. Let me tell you I was shocked to discover that not only was I storing items in plastics when it was not necessary, but in a way that would make them rot sooner! What a waste of money! It is not only less expensive to store items this way, but it is more convenient, because I am never hunting down tupperware lids! How is this possible?!
Read my top 7 Ways to Store Food Without Plastic after the jumP!
A garment rack can be a fashionable, inexpensive way to store your clothing, especially if you are in a non-traditional or small space living situation where you don’t have a closet. Now I know you have a dresser, and you have folded everything vertically in the drawers Marie Kondo style so they fit just right! But sometimes, no matter how much you have discarded (you’ve faithfully done your discarding - right?!), and folded, and hung only the things that need to be hung - your closet is just too small.
Or maybe you would just like to display your favorite items because they bring you so much joy!
Go forth and garment rack! Our tips and photos after the jump!
The Chair. You know the one. The one that hasn't been used as a chair in who knows how long. The one that's become a receptacle for all those clothes you were gonna hang & fold once you got them out of the laundry, you swore. All those clothes that needed to be returned or exchanged with the tags still on, and you were GONNA do that, for sure. Next week. Those poor clothes who aren't quite dirty but aren't quite clean, so they are relegated to The Chair. Where they sit. And are piled upon. And forgotten. Or perhaps your chair is the home to outfits once tried but never chosen. And you were going to put them back after you got home from your night out. Totally. You were. For real.
This is the year to free yourself and your clothes from "The Chair"! This eye & head sore no longer needs to be a part of your life! All it takes is a mindful decluttering session with your clothes. Go through them all, one by one, keep only what you truly love, and purge the rest! Once you have only items that you use and cherish, and you've organized them in your drawers and closet, you'll be far more inclined to treat the items you've chosen to keep with love and care (which doesn't include losing them for weeks or months crumpled in the bottom of a pile).
Having a decreased number of items also makes storing them much easier; once you have a place for everything it will be simple to return your beloved items to the place they belong immediately, or put them into the hamper.
Be honest with yourself throughout this process; which of your clothes do you truly love now? Anything kept out of guilt or sentimentality, or that's just plain in bad shape, is ready to move on to a brand new owner. This work has the added benefit of really putting you in touch with who you are right now, and what you love today.
Once this process is done, you will truly have no reason for this chair, other than to sit your butt in and admire the work you've done in your closet!
You can do this! Shop your closet, keep what you love, and beautify your space! And if you live in LA & need a little help with this process, we're here for you! We both adore decluttering and reorganizing closets.
Chairs are for sitting in. Let them serve their true purpose.
Let's do this friends! 2017: BANISH THE CHAIR!!
xoxo, the Tidy Fairies
ps: We'd love to see your progress! Share your chair stories & before and afters here or on our facebook page!