My Chaos is Organized

My name is Jen, and I’m an obsessive organizer.

(crowd mumbles…hi Jen)

It’s true, I love to organize, I live to organize things. After poking a little fun at me people usually start to ask me how I organize certain areas of my home. It is my firm belief that you can have a perfectly organized home WITHOUT being Martha Stewart, WITHOUT having your house look like it was ripped from the pages of Good Housekeeping and WITHOUT spending a fortune. A good friend of mine told me that I should turn it into a blog series wherein I share my best organizing tips. So without further ado….

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It’s a proven fact that nearly all women love jewelry. From the time we are little girls we are drawn to things that sparkle and shine. Problems can occur however when it starts to accumulate. Earrings get lost, necklaces get into knotted tangles, favorite pieces are stashed away and forgotten. I have devised a solution that works for me based on ideas I gathered from various magazines and websites.

Here is a photo of my “jewelry corner”

I know, I know, I have a lot of necklaces. The only way I would ever be able to keep them all in rotation is to see them all. I made this board myself for about $15. It is just a bulletin board covered with fabric that matches my bedroom decor. I have my necklaces sorted by like kind, all the long strands together, all the pendants together, all the short beaded ones together, you get the idea. Other variations of this idea include painted cork board or using decorative doorknobs as hangers.

Moving on to the jewelry boxes.

As you can see I have two, and yes, one is in fact a Tinkerbell music box. I keep my rather tiny collection of rings in it. The other jewelry box is actually a hand carved piece that was brought back from Afghanistan by my cousin. I keep my vast collection of watches in the top section and my earrings in the bottom drawer.

This is the earring drawer.

Confession time. I have a total of 6 holes between my two ears and I hardly ever wear earrings. On the off chance that I decide to trouble with them I like to be able to find the exact pair I’m looking for in a hurry. I keep them all separated by type in the lids of jewelry boxes. It makes it easy to find matches when there are only several pairs in each lid.

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I want to know what your organizing questions are! Send me your problem areas and I will help you organize them without trying to Martha Stewart you. Also I will send a prize of some sort to the person who comes up with the best name for this feature. Help me out here people. Email me at jen (at) sarcasminaskirt (dot) com.

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  1. I reallllllllly really need you to come organize my LIFE.

    OK. How do you organize your closet? Clothes, shoes, etc…mine is a DISASTER.

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    jenbshaw Reply:

    @heather…, will do a post on this soon. I will break it into pieces to make it nice and easy for you (heh)

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    on March 4th, 2010 at 9:49 pm
  2. Dude. now I REALLY wanna take a picture of my jewelry. Soon.

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    jenbshaw Reply:

    @Miss Grace, Does that mean you also have your organized or it needs organizing?

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    Miss Grace Reply:

    @jenbshaw, Oh, it’s organized. My closet is organized by color and style.

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    jenbshaw Reply:

    @Miss Grace, be still my beating heart! Mine is too!

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    on March 4th, 2010 at 9:55 pm
  3. My question: how much would I have to pay you to get you to come to my house and organize all my crap?

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    jenbshaw Reply:

    @cindy w, whatever my airfare would cost and I’m THERE. (I miss you)

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    on March 5th, 2010 at 9:12 am
  4. I need to see a close-up of the bulletin board contraption. I may need me one of those.

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    jenbshaw Reply:

    @ali, I would go so far as to make one for you my dear xoxo

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    on March 5th, 2010 at 10:02 am
  5. I love organizing stuff. Or maybe not organizing so much as tidying. I don’t clean very often but I’m always tidying things. Stack of random books and paper that needs to be put away? looks so much nicer when it’s squared off at a corner and organized bottom to top, biggest to smallest. :P

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    on March 5th, 2010 at 11:12 am
  6. Ok, so how much will it cost to just have you come over?

    You can ever take pictures!

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    on March 5th, 2010 at 3:07 pm
  7. I too need a close up of that bulletin board thing. Also, I am totally organizationally challenged, what can you do about that….because seriously I have no clue. I need massive amounts of help

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    on March 8th, 2010 at 2:38 pm
  8. Help line suggestions:
    Organizmic
    Clutter Huddle
    Sorting It Out with Jen
    Everything In Its Place
    :)
    Excited to read more!

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    on August 16th, 2010 at 11:13 am

 

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