Get Organized Chat Transcript: February 10, 2004

iVillager cl-piquant1: Do you have any suggestions/ideas for containing hosery. Do plastic containers snag them?

Regina Leeds: Yes. I would get a basket with a liner and use that. Most women just have a few pair unless they work in corporate America. I think I have two pairs and I keep them folded in the back of my underwear drawer. It's large and they don't take up much space. That's an option too. You can even slip them into a zip lock bag!

iVillager emhpasador: When I was journalling on the Week 1 assignment, I was wondering if there was an age range that was [more] susceptible to learning organizational habits?

Regina Leeds: Gosh, that's an interesting question. I just absorbed organization from my mother so it was always a part of my life. I think that the correct motivation works for adults and children. It's interesting to me that my assistant who is the "Folding Queen" of all time, hates folding clothes! She is one of 8 children. You never knew when you would come home and find your drawers had been emptied onto your bed. Drawer contents were to be perfect, so she knows how but she doesn't do it for herself. I got the benefit of her mother's training. I wrote about her mom in my second book!

iVillager cl-piquant1: In this week's assignment you mentioned fake prosperity -- does this concept apply to other things in our home?

Regina Leeds: Sure, any old pile of crap can give us the feeling that we are well off like canned goods we don't eat, clothing we don't wear, receipts we no longer need to keep, newspapers we won't ever read.

iVillager doyougrok: I am an apartment dweller who has only the small closet space available in each of the three bedrooms. What do you recommend for storage solutions?

Regina Leeds: Well, you need to be creative...you need to have furniture that supplies storage like a cedar chest or an armoire. I would peruse catalogs from places like the Container Store and Ikea and Space bags. Those particular stores have great solutions and I trust their products. In fact the newer Ikea stores present specific problems and real life people and then you step inside the mock up of their space and see how they solved the probems. The stores are online as well. You might want to purge first and then look at your categories and decide what you need to organize. If you buy the stuff first you may purchase too much or things you don't need.

iVillager calie_j: My DD is 6 and her room is very tiny, I need to get her out of her toddler bed and into a regular bed and would like to buy a day bed, but that will take up a whole wall and only leave about the same amount of space on the opposite wall for a small dresser and all her toys. Would a regular bed be better so I can put just the headboard against the wall and leave more wall space or are there other suggestions?

Regina Leeds: Boy, that's hard to decide without seeing the space. I would lean more toward a regular bed. A day bed strikes me as transitory -- hmmm, not the right word. Let me ask the moms here what they think? Moms?

iVillager c2barnett: There are some neat bunk beds that do not have the lower bunk and you can put the dresser and desk under the bed.

iVillager key9: Or maybe a bunk bed to make room for guests

iVillager cmkerri: I know a lot [of people] opt for the day bed, so they can have sitting room in a small room during the day.

iVillager kittyprints4: Daybeds in theory are to be used as a couch type thing during the day. Depends on what she wants to use her room for.

iVillager cjay0: What about a bed with drawers underneath?

iVillager cmkerri: I read an article about Murphy beds making a comeback -- that's an option.

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