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  • #159883

    djk
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    just came across this video–
    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4RAqsg7Pzo&list=UU1YPvcxMTtdKz5ptonC3HZA&index=9&feature=plcp[/video]

    thoughts?

  • #212170

    ninakk
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    beautifully organised? or just too much STUFF?

    I’m sorry but I can’t watch more. I got to her flipflops and thought I must be crazy to have only one pair. Can already feel where it’s heading and it suffocates me. The excess is too much for me.

  • #212171

    ninakk
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    beautifully organised? or just too much STUFF?

    Ugh. I kept watching and lo and behold, ten pairs of boots. Phew.

  • #212175

    clutterbug22
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    beautifully organised? or just too much STUFF?

    Phew, just too much. I stopped at the sea of boots. Albeit, a nicely organised sea of boots!

    Plus, it always amazes me about the size of some of these clothes closets. My son’s bedroom is only about 2/3 the size of this lady’s wardrobe.

  • #212177

    djk
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    beautifully organised? or just too much STUFF?

    my thoughts exactly. Does this not perfectly highlight the difference between organisation and decluttering?

    I’ve always been organised…but now I am (mostly!) “uncluttered” and organised. And I must say the latter works better for me.

  • #212179

    beautifully organised? or just too much STUFF?

    I mentioned in a different thread that we went on a “parade of homes” tour yesterday. The size of this closet is piffling compared to some we visited — barely adequate for a guest bedroom. And at the very least there would be a companion “his” closet on the other side of the master bath . . The one that was WAY over the top was a huge closet that had a beautiful spiral staircase AND an ELEVATOR going to the second-story closet — the only thing on the second floor. The downstairs closet was bigger than our bedroom, bathroom and walk-in closet combined.

  • #212183

    TatiLie
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    beautifully organised? or just too much STUFF?

    Happy realisation: I have less clothes than her husband!
    (I don’t think I can go through, though. Motion sickness.)

  • #212187

    rutheverhart
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    beautifully organised? or just too much STUFF?

    Closet or shrine to stuff? Interesting that you can feel her tension about it — and just because it’s organized now, it doesn’t mean she won’t have to invest a fair bit of energy keeping it that way. Stuff can be a real energy-suck.

    Do you know that kids’ book, “What if Everybody Did?” I think like that. And I wonder what the earth would look like if everybody felt that a closet with this much stuff was somehow normal.

  • #212190

    TatiLie
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    beautifully organised? or just too much STUFF?

    @rutheverhart I don’t know the book but that’s the kind of thought that guides me in most aspect of life.

  • #212191

    Sky
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    beautifully organised? or just too much STUFF?

    The closet is very organized but seems extreme to me. I don’t think I’ve had that many clothes and shoes in my whole life. Too much to take care of for me.

  • #212196

    RebeccaL
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    beautifully organised? or just too much STUFF?

    I also gave up at the flip flops, but she gave me inspiration for my closet re-do. She’d set up a place for everything, and planned one-in/one-out for future purchases. It’s excessive (I agree with rutheverhart that it’s a shrine to stuff), but a step in a better direction.

  • #212200

    bandicoot
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    beautifully organised? or just too much STUFF?

    oy, far too much for me, regardless of how colour coordinated the hangers are!

  • #212201

    rutheverhart
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    beautifully organised? or just too much STUFF?

    Anita, I’m chewing on what you said. I would never extrapolate “What if Everybody Did” to your decision not to bear children. Why not? I suppose because the planet is never going to run out of people, so it doesn’t feel like a real issue. Yet I might extend that thinking to the decision to have umpteen children, because I see those families as using up more than a fair share of resources. So is that inconsistent? Perhaps. Like I say, chewing on that.

    My notion of “what if everybody did” is that I believe in radical equality of all human beings. For me this is a religious principle based on my understanding of Jesus’ teachings. We are equal. We are sisters and brothers. Despite what our society says, no person is of more value than any other person.

    Of course, we are not equal in our material possessions. One person’s closet is bigger than another person’s bedroom (and yes, that is just the beginning) But I at least want to live with a certain lens on my “stuff.” How to measure what is enough?

    Not meaning to sound preachy here. If you read my posts you know I struggle against my own inclination to be judgmental. But I also want to live with a high level of awareness, and there is a fine line between self-awareness and other-judgment.

    Just some stuff I think about here, always in process.

    Anita, I’m glad you live by your own lights. I guess that, to me, human agency ends when the exercise of my agency negatively affects the person next to me.

    BTW. the kids’ book is not a religious book, it just plays with some ideas that I link to scripture in my own mind.

  • #212215

    irishbell
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    beautifully organised? or just too much STUFF?

    Who’s to say she has too much? I suppose if I had enough places to “go” I’d love having such a selection to choose from!
    However, I think I’d be exhausted going to all those places….lol.
    I honestly could care less how much stuff people have.
    If she can afford it, is not hurting anyone, or taking $ or food out of someone’s pocket-why not?
    I really don’t give it more thought than that.
    Going by the clothing, I think they live in a warmer climate than I do!

  • #212220

    ninakk
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    beautifully organised? or just too much STUFF?

    My reaction is purely out of my own perspective, imagining myself having that much stuff, and the repulsion of stagnant energy in the things, the thoughts of maintenance and keeping the system perfect gave me a visceral response. Since we are all about being better people these days, I should add “whatever floats her boat”. Personally I don’t need fifty dresses and cardigans, but hey, she apparently does.

    Eta: I watched parts of another video and she really likes things in neat rows, properly corralled etc. I’m sort of a neat freak but nothing in comparison; quite an amazing discovery!

  • #212223

    paisley
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    beautifully organised? or just too much STUFF?

    I do not have a closet even close to that size, although almost all of my friends do. The area I live in has some enormous homes. For me, it would be too much to heat/air condition/maintain/pay taxes on the space. I will say that she has something that I wish I had– and that is the peaceful, happy feeling that she gets when she opens the door. That is what I am trying to achieve in my house in all the rooms (and why I joined Unclutterer), although the scale will be completely different for me.

  • #212226

    beautifully organised? or just too much STUFF?

    I think the question “What if everybody did?” is an excellent one, but not the only question. In my experience, when I limit myself to one touchstone it ends up being manipulated to mean whatever I want it to. There would also be implications if everyone had a minimalist wardrobe, not all of them good . . .

  • #212229

    Mimi
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    beautifully organised? or just too much STUFF?

    i have watched some minutes and really- i wouldn´t like to have that stuff. looks like a nightmare to me, even organized.

    my dream: about 10 outfits that i really love, made from best fabrics possibly from well knowns designers/ brands (jill sander? hugo woman? issey miyake?). and a shopping guide that helps me to find 2 or 3 new outfits every three month to replace 2 or 3 of 10.

  • #212231

    clutterbug22
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    beautifully organised? or just too much STUFF?

    I would just say that that amount of clothes would be too much for me personally and certainly not a judgement of this woman and her desire to have an extensive collection of different things to wear. Just thinking of all the maintenance of it all, the washing, the ironing etc. But I could appreciate the sense of orderliness that she must now have when she opens her closet.

    Perhaps, being English, where ‘walk-in closets’ are pretty rare, it’s the concept of having a whole room solely for clothes that I find a bit different!

  • #212285

    ninakk
    Member

    beautifully organised? or just too much STUFF?

    Anita, I’m sure some of you would feel the same short-of-breathedness that I described above, if you’d see a couple of collections of mine 🙂

  • #212300

    Swede
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    beautifully organised? or just too much STUFF?

    Arrrghhh… For me personally – waaayyyyyy too much stuff.

    Everything I own could fit in that closet. And that’s all my furnitre too!!

    To each their own and no judgement, but for me; that is excessive. I love the fact that my stuff no longer need much organizing or matching bins or a 40 minute video to show how neat it looks after days of fixing. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing the video, it made me see that I’m on the right path for me. 🙂

  • #212385

    AleighJc
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    beautifully organised? or just too much STUFF?

    I cant stop watching her videos. I can’t believe all of these “haul”/shopping videos she has.

  • #212409

    ninakk
    Member

    beautifully organised? or just too much STUFF?

    Someone mentioned small notebook on another thread and I hadn’t heard of it, so followed the link. Imagine my reaction upon seeing the shoe/sweater/scarf section of Rachel’s after this thread – the size is like mine 😀

    http://smallnotebook.org/2012/05/29/add-more-variety-to-your-wardrobe-not-just-more/

    Eta:
    Off in a tangent. A reader of the blog article above had posted a veeery cool link to a youtube tutorial on scarves – 25 ways to wear them. I sat glued to the screen:

  • #213075

    foilhead1
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    beautifully organised? or just too much STUFF?

    While I ‘choose’ to not have as much stuff as the woman in the video, I don’t just her or anyone for having what they have. I have watched many of her videos about organizing and she does declutter alot, but she chooses to have many of the items in her home or in her life. Many don’t choose, they just let it happen.

  • #213159

    foilhead1
    Member

    beautifully organised? or just too much STUFF?

    I have been looking on youtube and flickr for ideas for my office/scrapbook area. OMG! I could never work in all that stuff. Who really needs a thousand pieces of paper!! and the storage…I wonder if they ever make anything.

  • #213171

    Charity
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    beautifully organised? or just too much STUFF?

    Wow. It’s beautiful, and each to their own, but I just don’t care very much about clothes. Here in the UK the only person I know with a walk-in closet like that is my MIL (who has that much stuff). Properties are not normally built with walk-ins, even brand new houses, and its actually not that common to have any built-in closets at all.

  • #213566

    djk
    Member

    beautifully organised? or just too much STUFF?

    I also find it beautiful, and at one time I would have aspired to that (although I never had nearly as much stuff) but my wants and perception of my needs have changed and now I find it to be too much. It screams mindless consumption to me.

    However, to each his own.

    and…I feel compelled to add…not liking something, not wanting it for oneself, and stating as much…is not necessarily a judgment of the person who has it and likes it.

  • #213603

    Sepha
    Member

    beautifully organised? or just too much STUFF?

    38 min of closet!
    Yeah, that’s probably excessive.

  • #219348

    marie132
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    beautifully organised? or just too much STUFF?

    That’s a lot more stuff than I can handle! For example, I have ‘only’ 2 pairs of flip flops: one for everyday, and one that is a bit too big for me but so soft & fuzzy, I can’t throw it away, so I use it at home instead of slippers.

  • #219767

    Rosa
    Member

    beautifully organised? or just too much STUFF?

    klutzgrrl, that is NOT normal. A large closet is pretty normal – standard for new construction is about 30 inches (75 cm) deep, and anywhere from a yard (1m) on up for width – I see lot of bedrooms with a wide closet that takes up the entire short wall of a rectangular bedroom. And then in newer houses there’s usually one walk-in closet, the size of a bathroom – my in-laws house, built in the mid-90s in middle-class subdivision, has a master bedroom with a 6×8 bathroom and 6×8 closet attached, but the other bedrooms all have smaller closets.

    And most of our housing stock isn’t that new – my house is a little extreme, it’s so old the closets are only 26 inches deep and they are all (well, both, we only have 2 original closets) less than a yard wide, and I’ve been in lots of middle-class houses built before 1930 that have similar sized closets. A 1950s-1970s built house will usually have closets like I listed first.

  • #219773

    xarcady
    Member

    beautifully organised? or just too much STUFF?

    For reference, my bedroom closet, in a house built in 1900, is 16 inches deep, just barely deep enough to hold a hanger, and 42 inches wide. And I’ll freely admit that I’d like it just a little bit deeper and wider.

    The closet in that video is not the norm.

    There is a trend in some areas towards a huge closet that is really a dressing room, with all the clothing contained in the closet on rods, or shelves or in drawers. Then the bedroom has no storage furniture at all. But that’s only in newer houses, and I think at higher price points.

  • #219796

    chacha1
    Member

    beautifully organised? or just too much STUFF?

    I like the dressing room idea, as I’d prefer my future bedroom to have NO storage furniture in it (including closets), but that preference is not strong enough to make me buy or build a house with extra space just to have a dressing room. My closet is one of those that stretches across a whole wall of the bedroom. It works fine. 🙂

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