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Floordrobe Makeover

When tackling any project, big or small, it helps to have support.

That’s why ten days ago when I was staring at The Pile in my bedroom and feeling totally overwhelmed, I headed for Twitter.

And not just to catch up on the latest musings by someecards, although that’s always a nice distraction. (I especially enjoyed their 11 best unintentionally sexual church signs.)

No, that particularly cold and frightening day in my bedroom, I tweeted a picture of The Pile to my favorite organizational guru Laura, THE Org Junkie.

And you know what? That divine woman gave me the just-in-time pearl of wisdom I needed to succeed at my project.

@TheBeardedIris If you hesitate when trying to decide whether or not to keep something, let it go.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

[Seriously. How cool is that?! If you have yet to discover the wonders of Twitter, get on the stick, man. It is fabulous. And when you get there, look me up! I’m @TheBeardedIris.]

So with Laura’s specific organizational tip on my mind, I got to work tackling my hellish pile. And I was ruthless about it.

I got a fresh cup of coffee, pressed play on my favorite shake-your-groove-thing playlist, and started dividing that pile into smaller piles of similar items. Just in case we have a failure to communicate, here is one more before shot of this particular pile in question:

And here is a shot of the sorting in progress:

Which I was able to whittle down to this:

"Mend" and "Goodwill"

To be honest, I probably won’t mend most of that stuff… it will either get tossed, turned into rags, or donated somewhere. But I felt compelled to separate it out first so I could evaluate the different groups of CRAP cluttering up my dumping ground bedroom.

When it was all said and done, here is what I found under that original pile:

Damn. Look at that! My grandmother’s antique hope chest. Isn’t it purdy? Maybe I should put stuff IN in, instead of ON it. Der. Sometimes I wonder how I even function. I mean really.

By the end of the week I had a new pile… in my driveway waiting for the friendly guys from a local charity to pick it up and take it to their thrift shop. Boo-yah! Did you catch that? There are charities that will COME TO YOUR HOUSE. It just doesn’t get any easier than that, people.

I was feeling pretty good about myself for conquering that pile and having two big bags of less clutter. And THEN, I read a wonderful post titled Five Strategies for Decluttering, in which my friend and decluttering muse Megan suggests envisioning the people who may need and use the things we donate to charity. I was SO inspired by it, that I ran into my garage and started pulling out more things to add to my charity pickup. It looked like it might rain so I had to move it all to the front porch, but look at how my pile multiplied:

All in all, it was a great week for decluttering at the Beard Bungalow! I hope your projects were equally successful and that you have blessed many others with your abundant donations.

I can hardly believe it’s already week 17 of Org Junkie’s 52 Weeks project!  This week Laura is offering tips on switching out your seasonal clothes. Check it out and then go tackle your closet with us!

sincerely yours, and now with less bedroom clutter,


© Copyright 2o11, The Bearded Iris.

An ode to nice drawers.

It’s week # 16 in Org Junkie’s 52 Weeks of Organizing challenge. This week Laura is challenging us to get our drawers under control!

Fortunately she’s talking about kitchen drawers and not underoos, or I’d be hurtin’ fer certain. Because seriously, my bloomers would give you tumors. My undies are no-fun-dees. My knickers ain’t fit for trash pickers. Maybe I should spend more time shopping and less time rhyming. Gatekeeper? What do you think, hon? Should the Easter Bunny bring mama some new biscuit bags?

Alright, enough of that. Now to the topic at hand.

You may recall that I uncluttered all my kitchen drawers a couple of weeks ago to get ready for my Pampered Chef party. I just didn’t have time to write about it then because I was so busy telling you about my clean car and formerly hairy freezer that incidentally, I broke and then fixed all by my own damn self!

And this week I’m up to my ass in alligators cleaning out my bedroom closet, which has projectile vomited all over my bedroom floor and currently looks like this. (Ay-yi-yi… what have I done?) So let’s make this brief, shall we?

One of my kitchen drawers…before:

During the PROCESS:

Removing everything, organizing like with like, purging duplicates and unused items. Can you spot Gracie The Organizing Cat?


Containerizing! I already had all of these containers in my "Bucket Slut" stash.



TA-DOW!!! {Insert choir of angels singing HERE.}

But wait, there’s more. Remember how I talked about wanting to use this decluttering kick to help others in need? Specifically, I came up with a plan to ask people who came to my Pampered Chef party to bring one or more gently used kitchen tools to add to a basket I was assembling for the local women’s shelter. Well… just look at all the wonderful goodies my guests and I were able to collect and donate:

Decluttering for Kindness, The Bearded Iris way!

This was so easy to do, and made it truly painless to part with all the extra stuff in my kitchen drawers knowing that it would be going right into the hands of a woman who needs some help starting over in a new kitchen of her own. I would encourage you and your friends and neighbors to do the same thing. If everyone puts in just a few items, it is incredible what a nice basket you can assemble for someone in need!

And speaking of someone in need… I need to get back to my floordrobe, I mean, closet organization project.

But if you want more, go here and scroll to the bottom of the page to check out what my fellow Org Junkie Flunkies are up to this week. Or go here to see some of the other organizing projects I’ve completed this year. Thanks for stopping by!

your friend,


© Copyright 2011, The Bearded Iris.

The Pile

My (wee-bit-shy-of) Wordless Wednesday entry:

This is The Pile.

I started cleaning out my bedroom closet yesterday.

I’m pretty sure Jimmy Hoffa is in there.

I’m cold and frightened.

Hold me, Org Junkie.

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