Question of the Week

QOTW 1-4-13

TGIF! Are you still on a holiday vacation or back to the old grind?

Every year come January 1st I get on a major cleaning and organization spree. And I don’t just mean one drawer or room. I mean the ENTIRE house. This year was even more over the top than usual and I am in fact still going strong. For me January 1st mean the taking down and putting away of all holiday items. Quite frankly if I see them after the 1st it makes me a little nauseous because I am SO over Christmas by then.

But it’s not just about saying goodbye to the holidays for another year. It’s about a fresh start. A clean start. A clutter-free start. An orderly start. I am one of those people who have a really hard time concentrating when there is something amiss or cluttering the room I am in. In fact, if I know a pillow isn’t where it should be on the couch when I am in bed, I will get up and put it into place!

So I have been dusting, putting away, scrubbing, washing and drying and donating up a storm so far. My favorite part of all of this (aside from huge satisfaction) is getting rid of things. I LOVE getting rid of things! So I have even been going through all my makeup and nail polish and so far have five Target bags filled with things to donate. Now I just have to find a women’s shelter that will take it all.

All this leads to my related question this week.

Do you color-code the clothes in your closet (or anything else)?

I think you probably already know my answer. Yes! I do color-code the clothes in my closet as well as my nail polish. I think those are the only things at the moment, although I have seen some bookcases where people organized their books according to the spine color. But that would be a huge task…

Have a great Friday!

-Kelly

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43 comments

  • January 4, 2013
    Katherine

    I’m actually just about to start my vacay! Last day at work before my cruise to Panama (I leave Monday!). It’s going to be totally worth not taking any holidays for Xmas apart from the official national holidays.

    As for my closet, it’s too small, so I just cram things in wherever they happen to fit ;)

    • January 4, 2013

      Oh lucky you! That sounds like fun, have a great time!

  • January 4, 2013

    Yes! I color code them buy sleeve length and color… so the cardigans are all together and by color, then the tank tops, then the other tops….
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    • January 4, 2013

      That is something I had not thought of! Hmmmmm :)

    • January 7, 2013
      April

      Amanda–I do the same thing when color coding in my closet! But I start with tank tops/camis, then short sleeves, then long sleeves, then jackets…that way as you go, the sleeve length increases.

      Kelly–I love to get rid of stuff at the beginning of the year too. It’s liberating! It’s kind of weird, but if I’m going to get rid of an item of clothing, I’ll wear it “one last time” before I (wash and) donate it. That way I’m sure I’m ready for it to be gone. (Unless it doesn’t fit, which then of course I won’t wear it one last time. :) )

      Hope this year is a great year for you! Keep up the good work.

  • January 4, 2013

    I color code my tops and my nail polishes ;)
    Nothing else.
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    • January 4, 2013

      Yeah actually when I think about it, it’s only my tops color coded. Most of everything else I have are blue jeans anyway.

  • January 4, 2013
    Risu

    I actually prefer clutter, it weirdos me out if things are too orderly. I don’t organize my clothes by color, but I do separate them based on sleeve length so things are easier to find. And my nail polish collection is separated by color. My bookshelf is just organized by series and author, like at the bookstore or library.

    • January 4, 2013

      I have my books done by author also, makes it so much easier to find them.

  • January 4, 2013
    Irene

    I actually color code my book cases! That is however the only thing I color code, as it doesn’t get out of system as quickly as the make up or the closet. haha!

    I also LOVE to get rid of things! I really cleaned out good some time this fall, and as the holiday came I discovered I actually got rid of all my holiday items because they were taking up space.

    • January 4, 2013

      I love the way it looks, but I think I would have a lot of black because of my Stephen King collection, haha.

  • January 4, 2013

    Wednesday was my first day back at work and while I feel it’s a plus that I only have to work three days, I feel like I should have taken this week off too.

    I love getting rid of things too. I love cleaning out my fridge/ pantry and that feeling of accomplishment I get when I clean out a certain area. :)
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    • January 4, 2013

      Yeah I have been hearing it’s been a really slow week this week. I am cleaning out my freezer today. :)

  • January 4, 2013

    haha no no no I can’t even handle it when I see such meticulous organization. If I did that, it would become an unending/unnecessarily time consuming task. I do need to upgrade my makeup organization a bit though from its current state of “just scattered across my desk”
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    • January 4, 2013

      The nail polish most definitely is a horrendously time consuming task! What a pain, but I like the end result!

  • January 4, 2013

    I do. My boyfriend and I have a big walk-in closet. One part is all my “shirts” that I color code. Next to that are my big, baggy t-shirts and tank tops that I sort by type and color. Since I’m the one that does the laundry, I also color code HIS shirts. He doesn’t have a lot of color in his wardrobe so it’s pretty gray-scale.

    To take it one step further, this is also where I store my yarn: on the top shelf. I have bins I’ve sorted them in by color. I would love to sort my books by color, but I find that I have a stronger pull towards organizing them by author in alphabetical and series order.

    There are other things in the house I’d organize, but since I’m not the only one using them it would infuriate me to no end having to re-organize them every couple of days.

    Omg I’m weird. D:

    • January 4, 2013

      You are so not weird! I have just 5 rolls of yarn, but if and when I have more, you better believe they will be color coded. My books are done by author also, makes more sense. :)

      • January 4, 2013

        Haha. I’ve been handcuffed to my desk because I think both Joann’s and Michael’s are having yarn sales…. eeeek.
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        • January 4, 2013

          I have a 50% off and a 40% off coupon for Michael’s for Sunday and I am definitely headed there, haha! I think I am going to buy a loom and a loom book for knitting since it just seems way easier to teach yourself that way.

          • January 4, 2013

            Good idea! I actually prefer crocheting. To begin with you’re only dealing with one loop at a time and it’s easier to rip out rows if you need to. I started with that and moved on to knitting. I think the fact that I already knew how to hold and work with the yarn was a big confidence boost and helped a lot.
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            • January 4, 2013

              I have heard from a few people starting with crocheting is a good plan. Maybe I’ll try that also!

  • January 4, 2013

    I don’t colour code my clothes, though it sounds awesome! My husband does a lot of the laundry so I’m lucky if my clothes are actually put away in my section of the closet. I’m constantly finding my kids’ socks in my sock drawer or my shorts in their pants drawer ;)
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    • January 4, 2013

      Haha! I actually won’t let anyone do my laundry, ever since I was maybe 12. I don’t know why, I prefer doing it myself.

  • January 4, 2013

    I TRY to keep the categorized by style (t-shirt, sweater, dress etc.) and then color code…. but if you looked at my closet right now you would have NO IDEA I even know the definition of organization >.<
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    • January 4, 2013

      I think I need to do the categorized by sleeve length also a few people mentioned here. :)

  • January 4, 2013

    Not color, but function. Things I use a lot (work clothes, jeans, weekend shirts/tops) are the first things that greet me when I open my closet. Some items are already paired together so I can run out the door if I wake up late. Off to the side are dresses and special occasion things.

    My nail polish is in two sets. The first is a ‘to be swatched’ set, usually new nail polishes I didn’t try out yet. If the new polish passes the swatch test (aka I like it), then it goes into the regular set. Grouped first by bottle height (my caboodle has two different heights), then color, and texture (matte/glitter). Top coats get a their own special section because I love me some gimmick top coats.

    • January 4, 2013

      Yeah I have my “to be swatched” on my nail table then once done they join the rest in the bins. Sadly I tend to forget about so many of them because I have too many!

  • January 4, 2013
    KD

    We are remodeling the house. Right now I have no kitchen cabinets (or walls even) and ONE temporary counter top. Organizing is the least of my worries, lol.

    • January 4, 2013

      Ack! But it’s going to be so great when it’s done! I am DYING to remodel my 1986 kitchen, other than my stainless appliances and new window-box, I hate every single thing about it, haha.

  • January 4, 2013
    Crystal

    I don’t color code, but I definitely need to de-clutter! I love the fact that you donate to the women’s shelter. I really need to do something like that. I usually just give my things to the Salvation Army. I have two shoe box full of nail polishes that just didn’t suit me that I have just sitting around and I wondering what to do with them…sell or donate? I think I’ll check the local women’s shelters in my area to see if they take nail polish. Most I’ve never used, just swatched on a nail wheel.

    My plan is to de-clutter this weekend. I love when everything is neat and in it’s place…I don’t know how I let it get away. Lazy, I guess.

    • January 4, 2013

      We actually donate clothes, furniture, etc to Goodwill, but I don’t think they take makeup. I have heard Temptalia say she donates makeup to women’s shelters so I want to find one near me that may take my extras.

  • January 4, 2013

    I TOTALLY see what you mean!! My tree is still up and it’s giving me anxiety. I have to drink an extra cup of coffee before I leave work so I can tackle that and my 1 & 3 year olds tonight!!
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    • January 4, 2013

      Years ago I hurt my back and was in the ER New Year Eve because of back spasms. I couldn’t take down my Christmas stuff until the END of January and it drove me insane, haha.

  • January 4, 2013

    I actually do not colour-code anything in my closet…and that’s only for one reason: almost all of my clothes are black!
    And this why it is always a hard fight for me, every evening, to find what I’m searching in my wardrobe!!
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  • January 4, 2013
    Erika

    i can’t color code cause I wont put it back in its original spot

  • January 4, 2013
    Anne Lee

    Color coding clothes is just ridiculously hard for me to keep up so I only color code things like paint, markers, and color pencils. I organize my nail polish by brand because I get stressed out like “this color is like a pink with like a little purple, a little blue, and like gold AND silver glitter….”

  • January 4, 2013

    ….I don’t think it counts as color-coding when all your clothes are either black, gray, or pinstripe. Heh.

    I do color-code my lipsticks and eyeshadow, though! I organize my nail polish by finish, but I usually group like colors together. It just makes it easier.
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  • January 4, 2013

    The only items I color code are nail polish and I JUST did that a couple months ago. I could never do that to my closet, too much work! I’ll bet it looks amazing though. As far as books go, I have them grouped by type or subject and then I have a section of “favorites”. It’s pretty random to anyone who looks at it I guess!
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  • January 4, 2013

    Hehe, when I was in high school, I used to colour-code my wardrobe, but as I got older (and therefore bought more clothing), I didn’t bother. ;)
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  • January 4, 2013

    I used to color code because I had 1 color – black. However, I’ve got a lot more colors these days.

  • January 4, 2013
    Kara

    My wardrobe used to be colour-coded but I recently threw out alot of old clothes and now they’re just in whatever order they ended up in.

  • January 4, 2013
    Maggie

    What a coincidence! I have some major plans too for clean-up. But the reason we choose January is more for the prep leading up to Chinese New Year.

  • January 8, 2013

    I don’t color code my clothes; I organize my closet based on type of clothing, i.e. all collared shirts together, dresses, blazers, etc. I do color-code my Skittles, however… :)
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