Tuesday, November 6, 2012

30x30 OCDganization

I've mentioned once or twice that I'm Type A with a dash of OCD.


Yeah you're reading that right. The title of my Excel sheet is "Life." If you could see the worksheets, you'd flip your shit. Samples: "Budget," "Backup Budget," "Salary," "Backup Salary," "Outfit Planning," "Wishlist," and "Sewing Projects." If you can name it, I can make it a spreadsheet.

30x30 was an obvious choice for a spreadsheet. Part of the reason I chose November is because it has exactly thirty days (I am NOT joking about the OCD). On one half, the items I chose, and on the other half, the days in November divided into weeks, with a note describing whatever it is I have to do that day. And as much as I love me some Excel, for whatever reason I find it easier to be creative when I'm writing it out old school pen and paper style, so I usually end up writing it all out first and then transferring it to the spreadsheet. Nerd alert!


I hope you're ready for the big guns.

If you want a closet like Cher's in Clueless, download the Wardrobe Assistant app. Awesome hats and twinsets not included. For a mere $15 (I know, but stay with me) you can organize your entire closet AND create special separate closets in the event that you, I don't know, decide to wear only thirty pieces of clothing for an entire month. The $15 is for the full-blown unlimited app - for $5 or so, you can get a version that allows fewer closets/pieces, depending on your needs. I've been searching for something like this app for my whole life, so $15 was a bargain.


I started by taking pictures of my clothes against the back of my bedroom door - but if that sounds too time consuming, you can shortcut the process by using a Google image search to find pieces that are close enough. Once you load in all the images, you can sort them into categories.


The best part? Being able to play in your closet almost anywhere. In class? Irresponsible, but sure. In the car? Please don't. At the dentist? I guess, but please don't actually wear what the Novocaine says is a good idea.


All of the looks you create can be sorted into different folders. I made one folder for outfit ideas and one as an "official" folder, where I name the outfits by day I want to wear them. It makes getting dressed in the morning a super snap. Also, looks are fully searchable by items (tag them as you go!) so if you wake up bound and determined to wear your pink skirt, you can search for all the outfits you've come up with that include that skirt.

BTdubs - this is not a sponsored post, I just stumbled across this app and think it's about the coolest thing ever. I've tried a lot (not to be confused with the Alot - we miss you Allie) of closet organization apps, and this one takes the cake by a mile. Have you tried any apps like this? Type A'ers - how do you plan your outfits?

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  1. Girl after my own heart. Love this.
    I also have an Excel workbook that has all of my clothes and outfit ideas in it...it tracks cost, etc. Love love love my OCD obsessions.
    (Let me know if you'd like the template!)
    W

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    1. You have a template?! Girl you fancy huh! Email it to me for sure, I'm sure it'll blow my mind.

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  2. This is amazing! I'm definitely going to utilize this closet app and closet spreadsheet system once I get a decent running computer. You know, one that doesn't sound like it's getting ready for lift off every time you turn it on. And I know what you mean about writing things down with a pen and paper and then typing it up, I do that a lot. OCD for life!

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    1. It's for iPhone/iPad, no computer needed! If you're Android I have no gifts for you, sadly. I'm a one trick pony. But when it comes down to it, I'm pretty old fashioned. Give me that pen and paper!

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    2. oh. duh. hello, it's an app. I'm not the brightest crayon in the box, obviously.

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    3. Hmmm... you misread "app," I put a needle through my finger. I'll take that crayon award, thankyouuu ;)

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  3. Kindred spirit! This has me inspired to take my spreadsheeting to the next level -

    I usually plan my outfits for the week by laying them all out on the bed. My dayplanner (old school paper one, of course) is the guide for what meetings are when, and that helps me pick the right looks.
    Then I group them in the closet by day, along with the shoes lined up along the floor and the accessories on the hanger.
    That way in the morning (not my finest hours...) it's a grab and go type of affair.

    Dev
    www.informedstyle.com

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    1. THIS IS THE BEST IDEA EVER. Accessories on the hanger?! Mind blown. I'm good at planning outfits, but really bad at actually laying them out the night before. You've convinced me I'm ready for the next step!

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  4. All this excel work will come in sooooo handy for you once you're an attorney. I use excel constantly. Especially for keeping track of my time! I made a spreadsheet that adds up time for me so I can measure in .1s.... (ugh, the bain of my existence). I'll have to check out this app too! I think it would be almost an impossible project to put my whole closet(s) in here but looks like it's so worth the time spent.

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    1. Oh girl. I'm lucky that I don't have to keep track of billable hours (prosecution, government employee what what!), but I love me some Excel. I swear to you, taking pictures of 30 pieces and getting them in took like 15 minutes (but my stuff is already on hangers). It went way quicker than I expected, and it is SO fun.

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  5. Sam, what a great app, crazy what technology does nowadays, sometimes I feel like living behind the mountains when I get confronted with super exciting stuff like that hahaha. Ok I have to admit my bf had to translate the idiom "takes the cake by a mile" hahaha I had no clue what a cake had to do with this app but it is the best by far, so funny that each country his its own idioms. Thanks for sharing, love learning new stuff :-)

    Have a wonderful weekend dear :-*

    ani
    www.fleurani.blogspot.de

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    1. I love that he had to explain it to you. I didn't even think about that! Haaahahahaha the app doesn't come with cake, I'm so so sorry. I will make you a cake to make it up to you. Forgive me! :)

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  6. Wow, I'm impressed by that Life 2012 spreadsheet, what a lot of work! Just found your blog through the it list.

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