organizing the house - part 4 the bedroom




So the last part in this house organizing series is the bedroom.  Ours is small but super comfy.  I know it sounds cheesy but it really is my refuge.






We don't keep any electronics in our bedroom.  Many scientific studies say that even charging cell phones in the bedroom is a bad idea if you want a good nights sleep.  My sleep is so precious to me that I try my best to make our bedroom like a cocoon, so no tv, computers or cell phones in ours. I've read that people will actually check their emails during the sex if their cell phone is nearby. Really? Really? REALLY.








Not much to report here.  I'm obviously not much of a jewelry person. I like it in theory but wearing it drives me mad.  Nothing like posting real life evidence of just how dull you are.





I keep my woolens in one drawer with lavender drawer liners and lavender sachets.  While they smell good they apparently do nothing to detract moths.  I have a lot to learn about storing woolens safely.  Here is some of the skinny on that.  Thank you anon reader who supplied that link.






This is the only closet in the house and I'm sure that if we called in a closet organizing company, it would give us more storage but I'd rather have less than figure out ways to make room for more.










I'll shut up about this any day now but participating in Project 333 pretty much changed the way I looked at my wardrobe.  I was always stuck on the buy, donate, buy, donate road and the Project helped get me off that bus. Now being able to look in the closet and drawers and be able to see everything easily and know that I feel confident and comfortable in every single thing...well it's pretty good.  April 1st starts a new season with the Project so if you are interested, check it out.





These are the baskets inside my armoire.  They hold 5 pairs of jeans, 2 pair of yoga pants, 3 yoga tank tops, a hoody and 3 t shirts.  The seasonal basket is a place for me to stick scarves, hats, etc. depending on the weather.  The beauty basket holds my Clairsonic charger, my small blow dryer, hairbrushes, etc.  Larry uses the 2 super large drawers below these baskets and hangs a few things in the closet.  Compared to him I am a clotheshorse.

So that is that.  Next month I really want to address what appears to be my addiction to the internet. I've been reading articles on how to reduce your time online and guess what?  You have to reduce your time online.  This will be way way harder for me than giving up wine or chips.  It's going to be very interesting. x







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  1. What a beautiful lamp right next to your bed, that is just lovely. Agree on the no electronics in the bedroom. Have a good weekend - Spring has arrived in Northern Europe and we are looking forward to a sunny one

    xo
    Mireille

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    1. thank you mirielle. i found it at an estate sale last fall for $7. so lucky. you have a wonderful weekend too. x

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  2. I had the same thought about the lovely lamp, don't remember seeing it before but it is beautiful. for years I have kept my one TV in the bedroom. I have a small townhouse and the living room tends to be chilly, so in order to be cozy and watch TV I have there. the problem is of course that I fall asleep watching it and then it disturbs my sleep, intrudes on my dreams and I wake up with it still on, wasting power. was just telling my self this morning to try to do better!
    Darby

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  3. What a lovely, calm space. I didn't know about the research behind electronics in the bedroom but, other than Jon's radio alarm we don't have any either. Even the thought of a TV in the bedroom appals me and I hate mobile phones anyway, they are turned off when I go to bed. xxx

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  4. You make simple living look so easy. Every time you post a new room I load up my car with more stuff for Goodwill and the animal shelter!

    I just got home from a 7 day vacation with one small suitcase. It makes me realize we really don't need many material possessions and taking care of it all is a burden.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    Betty

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  5. Okay, I'm totally worshipping your closet right now. Every corner of it. What a great idea to organize your jeans and t-shirts in woven baskets! I'd love to do project 333 this spring, although that means I need to organize my (messy) closet this weekend. Have a lovely weekend, Janet! ox

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  6. I love this Janet! Given our weather, I've had to treat project 333 by season and I am almost there and feeling very happy about it indeed! I ought to be wearing heavier cashmere still (it's snowing again today for god's sake!) but I just can't so I wrap myself in shawls and blankets and walk around like Honest Abe in Lincoln! I am slowly going room by room and tossing and giving away. It's taking awhile, but oh-so-satisfying! well done!

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  7. Janet
    Darby "anonymous" again. do you recommend the Clairosonic? was wondering if it is worth the investment or maybe ask for it as a birthday gift this Spring. my skin care routine is pretty basic and not looking for miracles at this point in life, but I am curious about it.
    Darby

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    1. darby i do recommend the clairsonic to everyone. even my clients. i was very skeptical at first but it does an amazing job at cleaning and exfoliating. it's like getting a facial every time you use it.

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  8. No electronics but you sleep with an electric blanket. Seems counter-intuitive.

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    1. i believe it is the lights that the electronic devices emit that interrupts sleep. economic-wise an electric blanket makes sense for us during the cold winter. the controller to the electric blanket sits under the bed so we can't see any light from it.

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  9. I've never had a TV in my room (now our room) or phone or anything like that but can't live without my electric blanket, my very low blood pressure means I am freezing all of the time.Funny, I don't think of that as being electronic either, it's more in the lamp category although indeed, if we are splitting hairs yes that'll be a current that sparks it up.

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    1. Oh Janet, I stash the light part under the bed too.

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    2. haha. and i use it to heat the bed then turn it off when i get in it (so much warmer here.) but yes, i agree it is a spark.

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  10. I have a story I could share. Haha but even I know sometimes some things are better left unwritten.
    TVs are also bad feng shui (so I've been told), and to have that black hole sucking energy out of a room supposed to restore energy seems foolish. Not that it matters to me, as my phone charges inches away from my head on my bed.
    Love your bed! And the fact that you have roses blooming! And that "woolens" is a word.

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    1. stephen andrew i had to hold back myself. the jokes!
      the roses are coming fast.

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  11. Couldn't agree more about a serene bedroom - and time online. I turned my computer off after lunch - at the plug(!) to stop me using it, then a couple of hours later had something I wanted to look up, 2 hours later I'm still here.. It's a full blown addiction, so i will be tuning in to see what you find out about how to limit yourself.

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  12. I'm struck by the details that add so much calm and beauty to your space: matching boxes for shoes instead of branded shoes boxes, handbag covers, perfectly sized baskets, and a wallpapered closet. As usual, I see your space and just go "ahhhh". I really think you should do this for a living because some of us just can't put this kind of space together.

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  13. Thanks for your inspiration! I have enjoyed your organization series. Always nice to get new ideas. In regards to time spent online; I don't socialize outside of the home much at this time, don't buy magazines or newspapers, and work from home, so I am finding it wonderful to get inspiration from others (like yourself : ) and keep up via the internet. But as things go, there's always too much of a good thing, too. Question on the Clairsonic; do you recommend if for people with Rosacea? Any suggestions for calming Rosacea?

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    1. i really don't recommend it if you have rosacea. you can purchase a *sensitive* brush for it but i really think it is too much for it.

      as far as calming rosacea, all the things you've prob already heard and tried. avoid stress, avoid extreme temps, stay away from alcohol, be very gentle with your skin.

      if it's bad, see a dermatologist. :)

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    2. Try Sea Buckthorn Salve at night....in addition to Janet's sage advice. It works for my rosacea and it is not too expensive either.

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    3. Try Sea Buckthorn Salve at night....in addition to Janet's sage advice. It works for my rosacea and it is not too expensive either.

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  14. Great attitude about the closet - have less rather than create space for more. I have that attitude about my apartment in general, but I should apply it to my closet specifically.
    Getting unhooked from being online tip #1 - tell someone who you are around all the time that you are doing it. A little shame goes a little way when you don't want to be seen cheating.
    Getting unhooked from being online tip #2 - set up an automatic reply message (sometimes called a vacation message) explaining to people that you won't be replying immediately. Mine says:
    I have taken a step away from my all-distracting e-life.
    I will check and reply to messages, but it won't be instantly, like we are used to.
    Knowing that emails are automatically being addressed keeps me calmer about not needing to check them until later in the evening. And lastly, maybe set aside some time to hit all your favorite sites and sources so that you feel just connected enough.

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  16. oh ajj...
    I wish this series could go on and on! LOL. it's been lovely.
    I too live very simply. I call it cozy minimalism.
    I have been an ist for years. long before I knew what minimalist meant! I just like things elegantly spare and simple.
    so if I must be any kind of ' ist ' ... I guess minimalist is the best kind! well... maybe philanthropist! that would be good.
    and linguist. oh! i'd like that.
    OH STOP ME!
    looking forward to your next ... getting over web and blog addiction. I NEED IT. xoxo

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  17. Janet, your bedroom is simply gorgeous! I love it all...especially the lamp, rose and wallpaper. Could you share the name of the plant on your dresser? Deni

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    1. I thought it looked like Swedish Ivy, but it could be called something else. I don't know the botanical name.
      Paula W.

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    2. You're absolutely right. Swedish Ivy ( Google: Plectranthus verticillatus). They are wonderful plants. Snip off an end, put it in water, and in no time at all, it sprouts some new hairy roots.

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    3. Thank you both! Too bad I'm not her neighbor, she would probably just snip me a piece off :)
      Deni

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    4. In Spanish we call Money plant (“planta del dinero”). So, it's suposse that if the plant is OK money will not be missed.

      Visit your blog is part of my daily routine (addiction!!!) and I do that for improve my English. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

      Lupe

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    5. This looks like what we used to call Creeping Charlie. Swedish Ivy sounds much nicer.

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  18. I have enjoyed seeing your organized home, but I don't feel we're done! Do you have a garage or basement? Where do you keep your garden tools? Where do you write your blog posts? I'm sure you feel overexposed alreadly, but curious minds want to know!

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    1. I'm with Lynn! we want every nook and cranny revealed. LOL. ( I joke but I'm so serious). You are so inspiring we don't want to be done! :) And after you are all done we want to start diving into your car organization - computer files etc. etc. Oh, and since you are my (our?) teacher you are allowed breaks.. after all teachers get breaks. You can start with Spring Break. hee hee. :)

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    2. A break would be fine. A short one. But not before we see what's in those dresser drawers. Ha-ha-ha. Gawd, we're awful. Rotten to the core.

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    3. lynn we keep the garden tools in the small basement and i write my posts sitting at the wicker table. :)

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    4. jennifer I've showed you everything! not sure what car organization is. :) the office really is larry's domain and so he'll have to write that post. :)

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  19. Janet, I do not have a TV connection; instead, I use it as a fireplace, using a fireplace CD during the cold months. Like you, I'm online too much, but in the winter it is my only entertainment as I do not want to be out in the cold due to arthritis. At night when falling asleep I play natural sounds, like rain, ocean on iPod, docked in a Bose speaker, which is right by my bedside….that is an addiction! Love your bedroom and especially the photo wall, which is not included in this post but to me just makes the room.

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  20. Lovely room...I love your toile de jouy bedding. I have a no electronics rule for the bedroom also, cannot believe people answer their mobiles during sex! How very rude!

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  21. Hi Janet - The only reason I have my cell phone in my bedroom is that if there was an emergency I'd have it close? It charges by my bed. We don't have a landline. Do you? Have you thought about an emergency what you'd do? Run to get the phone? Just wondering what your thought process was here because I LOVE YOUR THOUGHT PROCESS. :) Thanks! Jennifer

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    1. i guess i'd have to run and get the phone. thankfully the place is small. :)

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  22. Noticed the book "Empty Mansions" on your bedside chest......just finished it and found it to be a fascinating study of life.....what are your thoughts?

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    1. i'm in the middle of it and i'm mesmerized. love it!

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  23. I have the same hair dryer! Saving for a Clairsonic and thanks for the professional opinion because I didn't know if that purchase was justified. And, I just dropped off a big bag at Goodwill so I'm working on your minimalist lifestyle! Can't help but wonder.....do you have an outfit that "fits all"? I'm thinking of the wedding, funeral, black tie event.......Need to know your brand of lipstick and color....and, do you ever wear any foundation? You are such an inspiration...love the fact that you love your husband, have longevity with him and that you truly seem to enjoy your life! Me, too! Also....I'm addicted to the internet......but, I live in the frigid, snow laden midwest....is that an excuse? HAHA!.....Janie

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    1. thank you janie. in the summer i wear aveda poppy lipstick and in the fall/winter i wear redwood. :) rarely wear foundation. i really don't attend any formal occasions but i suppose so i really don't have uniform. i really am a jeans and t shirt or sweater person.:)

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  24. Great post Janet. People checking their emails during sex is both sad and hilarious! I admire your ability to keep your wardrobe so efficient.

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  25. I love all of your posts. I want to read more on Project 333 so I've copied the link for later this evening. I would love to get all of my clothes in my one, very ample closet, instead of using half the guest closet for the off season clothing. We live in Southern California so really, it's just one long season for the most part. :-)
    Karen

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  26. you are so disciplined! who is he cute baby? x

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  27. Your bedroom is so pretty! My night stand drawer is a mess and after seeing yours, I know I need to clean it out. I'm going to check out the project 333. Thanks again, Janet for the ongoing inspiration.

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  28. Wait a minute...that basket looks way too small to hold five pairs of jeans—unless you're a Barbie doll! Is this your winter wardrobe and you have your summer wardrobe in storage somewhere? 'Cause where are your shorts? And living in California, how do you pare down your t-shirts to only three?

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    1. that basket will hold 8! this is my entire wardrobe. i own 1 pair of shorts and they are in the seasonal basket. i have 3 tshirts that go with everything...black, white and gray. project 333 did this to me. :)

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  29. I love your home, especially the wallpaper in the closet. I have too many crappy clothes that just dont fit right. I need to try this too. I also have 4 kiddos at home so I have a ton of give aways in their closets also. When we go on vacation we usually rent a house of some sort and I love it because I feel like it's the only time I have my wash under control.

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  30. Fabulous post (as usual). Thanks so much for sharing again. Bedrooms are sacred & are meant to be for sleeping in only (or sex, or reading - but not at the same time :-0 )

    Internet addiction - hmmm. That one made me think. I can spent a few HOURS just looking at some of the blogs I regularly peruse and don't get me started on Pinterest! Good luck with cutting down.

    Regards
    DeeJay in Whangarei, New Zealand

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  31. Janet, your room is so pretty...love that lamp! And that is just amazing that you and Larry fit all your clothing in that closet.

    We don't keep any electronics of any kind in the bedroom. The only exception is that we do have to bring the cordless phone in our room at night in case there is an emergency w/ the in-laws.

    Yes, I would say I have a bit of an internet addiction. My husband will say "there she goes again" when he sees me heading over to sit down at our desk where the computer is. Sometimes I find myself a little annoyed when he is on it too long because I have to wait my turn! (I think I have a problem) That said, I don't think I'm as bad as I used to be, with the blog reading that is. I have narrowed it down to a few favorites! Lately I've been on Ebay more since I'm trying to sell stuff, so at least with that I have an excuse. Can't wait to see your post on this topic.

    Have a great weekend!

    Linda
    xo

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  32. I used to spend hours on the internet reading lots of blogs, finding great decorating ideas, emailing lots of people, watching TV shows etc. Now, just like I'm paring down my things, I'm paring down my blog list to a few favorites (yours, of course) and setting a timer when I'm on the computer. Otherwise, I'm in the land that time forgot. My other rule for me is no exercise today, no computer time.

    I totally agree on no electronics in the bedroom. That place is reserved for my two favourite activities, and checking my iphone is not one of them. Victoria

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  33. Great inspiration for Project 333 prep. Can't wait to clear out a little more this weekend. Have a good weekend Janet xo

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  34. As a dear friend once said when getting the 50 cent tour, and we showed him our bedroom, He remarked "So this is where all action happens" I blushed and giggled.
    A bedroom should be tranquil and a refuge.
    pve

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  35. You have a lovely space to cocoon...I think clearing the clutter has such a cleansing effect on how we feel.
    The wallpaper is beautiful and I am impressed by how organized your closet space is...I'd love to have a closet company redo ours. In the meantime I will draw the curtains and look away :-))

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  36. You have a lovely space to cocoon...I think clearing the clutter has such a cleansing effect on how we feel.
    The wallpaper is beautiful and I am impressed by how organized your closet space is...I'd love to have a closet company redo ours. In the meantime I will draw the curtains and look away :-))

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  37. I have a Zen clock in my bedroom and wake up to a beautiful chime. Of course, my husband has a loud clock radio on his side of the bed. Working on it!

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  38. Hello Janet, I just discovered your blog and I absolutely love your simple clean style. Also, I am so impressed with your wallpapered closet, that is simply gorgeous :)
    I'm your newest follower and I would love to invite you over to visit my blog. Maybe you will decide to follow me too.
    I so enjoy making new blogging friends.
    Connie:)

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  40. Where does your husband store his clothes? I also love seeing all the nooks of your home.

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    1. there are 2 v large drawers in that armoire that are his and a small portion of the closet. :)

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    2. Thank you. Do you like your armoire? Thinking of ditching 2 smaller dressers and getting a larger armoire. :)

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  41. I'm glad to hear another person is the same way as me - I like jewelry in theory, but wearing it? Another story. Bracelets annoy me as do necklaces. Oh boy. I do like earrings, though.
    By the way, we share a small closet as well and have to purge our things regularly.

    xo
    Claudia

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  42. What do you keep on the top shelf in your closet? Thanks for sharing because your style of simplicity is mesmerizing!

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    1. my luggage. you can see in this old post.

      http://thegardenerscottage.blogspot.com/2012/02/my-5-closet-makeover.html

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    2. Thank you for replying and adding the link. I searched your blog before posting my question and saw your post in Feb 2012 but my eyes couldn't see what was up there. I'm using hubby's tablet because my computer is acting up and I don't know how to lighten pic's on this thing!

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  43. I agree with Priscilla, your home is mesmerizing.
    It's what we all strive for.... organized, simple, clean, no clutter and beautiful.
    Could you do a post on how to get that way? :)
    Betty

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    1. thank you betty. i thought that's what i just did. :))

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    2. Okay, I'll rephrase my question.....can you come to our houses and do it for us? Ha! Ha!

      Betty

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  44. Love that lily-of-the-valley lamp. Hubby and I are both May babies :)

    As far as the internet being "addictive," I think we all have to cut ourselves some slack-it simply is the way that our news/info is delivered now. When I used to get the newspaper, I would spend most of my evenings ( and half of Sunday!) reading/doing the crossword/clipping articles or coupons...now I can do it all on the laptop and keep it all much more organized. It's not better, really, it's just different.

    I love the internet, but I get your gist, too- It's like dessert; in moderation, it's great.
    Too much and you feel lazy and bloated.
    All about balance, right?


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  45. Your bedroom looks very relaxing. Like you, I like jewelry in theory, but it's a pain to wear!
    Brenda

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  46. Love everything. What do you do with books?

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    1. the books are in the office bookcase.

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    2. Enjoyed seeing how you organize everything. You are such an inspiration. Wish you could come over and help me organize my closets. ;) I like the matching shoe boxes. Did you purchase them or did they come with your shoes?

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    3. thank you bobbi. they are just he boxes that came with the shoes.

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  47. May I ask where you got you bedside table?

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    1. oh i bought it at at thrift store over 20 years ago for $8. but i see chests like this all the time still at thrift stores so i'd check there. :)

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  48. I thought I might share what my granny told me about preventing moths naturally: using a fresh piece of cedar wood. I've a wool coat that get put into a garment bag each spring (and sometimes stays there all winter long in our milder climate). I put cedar blocks in my pockets. These may be refreshed with a drop of cedar oil.

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  49. Hello! Your blog is my very favorite! So inspiring! Where did you find your pretty in-drawer jewelry organizer? ~Susan

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    1. thanks susan. i think i found it at marshalls or ross, but it was years ago so i can't remember exactly.

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