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Do you ever feel like it’s hard to enjoy yourself because some aspect of life is cluttered? Take the time to tackle those cluttered areas and set up some sort of organization of yourself this Saturday. Once you have a system in place you’ll find less stress and more free time to enjoy other activities. I personally find that there are three areas in my life that collect the clutter most: my desk, my closet/bedroom, and my life documents. I’ve been doing a bit of research to get my life in order, and thought I’d share some tips with you all to help get organized.

Organizing Your Desk

  • File: organize desk papers into a filing system. Set up a desktop filing rack close at hand for current projects – making each project its own separate folder. Once a project is done with, file it away into a filing cabinet organized A-Z.
  • To do lists: to do lists are very important. I’ve just recently discovered teuxdeux.com, and can’t get over how amazingly helpful it is. I input all of my tasks and assign them days to get done. Within each day I rank items in the order I’d like to complete them. As things come up, even if it’s something I have to do a month away, I put it into my teux deux calendar. It’s a very helpful way to organize and prioritize.  
  • Scratch Pad: Keep a scratch pad by your telephone with pens and pencils to have readily available.  You never know when you’ll have to write down a number, idea, name, etc.
  • Take Ten Minutes: at the end of each day, take ten minutes to put everything away before you leave your desk. This will help to insure that everything is where you expect it to be, and you won’t lose time searching.

Organizing Your Closet

  • Color Code: I’ve never been much of a closet color coder, but I think it’s something that I need to do. If waking up early is not your thing (it’s not mine), then this will help to speed the morning process along. Clothes will be less likely to get lost, and you’ll know exactly where to find what you’re looking for. Within each color, organize pieces from light to heavy (ex. tank tops, then short sleeves, then long sleeve, and finally sweaters).
  • Edit: Every couple of months or so, edit down. Go through your closet, and pick out items that you never wear. Do this with a friend whose opinion you trust. Ask them if they think you’ll wear it again or if they like it. Bring items that get the cut to a buy/sell/trade thrift store so that you can get something in exchange.
  • Eye Level: Keep items you use frequently at eye level. Place items you rarely use higher up or away in labeled boxes. You can rotate labeled boxes depending upon the season.
  • Hooks: Mount a hook outside of your closet. If you have the time, pick out an outfit the night before and hang it on the hook.

Organizing Important Papers

  • Accordion Folder: Pick up an accordion folder to sort out bills and other important papers. Make sections for unpaid, gas, electric, auto, receipts, insurance, etc. Before a bill is paid, it should always live in unpaid. Once it’s taken care of, move it into its respective category. Some people even like to scan the old papers, and then throw them out. If you have a scanner handy this is a great idea.
  • Mail Tray: Make a spot to place mail right by the front door. Immediately recycle any junk mail, and then drop the keepers into your tray. Each weekend, go through and clean it out, so that you never get too much buildup.

I hope everyone’s feeling more organized! Have a great Saturday J

mariel -Feb 06, 2012, 10:40AM
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dragon fruit -Feb 05, 2012, 12:04AM
i was just asking for closet organizing suggestions! yay thank you :) it will be a sunday do! www.dragonnfruit.com

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When it comes to Valentine’s Day (or any day for that matter!) there’s nothing better than a handmade gift from the heart. On Saturday February 11th, head on over to your local Free People boutique and make something special for your Valentine. Read more »

Sara Moura -Feb 13, 2012, 6:50AM
I wish I had one near me! I guess I'll have to settle with photos only. Made by: sara
Cele star -Feb 09, 2012, 5:55AM
Amazing snow photo! <3

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Calling all FP Girls! Open interview sessions are taking place at our Roosevelt Field store! Read more »

Antoinette DiBenedetto -Feb 07, 2012, 6:29PM
Will attend your open interview.

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Mary -Feb 06, 2012, 1:48PM
Bright blue!!
Taylor -Feb 03, 2012, 11:06PM
Light Aqua Blue...I'm in a SoCal mood today! :) www.forsurejadore.blogspot.com

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Post image for Meet our LA Style Contest Winner!

As you may recall, we had a little contest this month in conjunction with our January catalog and its NY vs. LA theme. We picked a winner for each city, and now its time to learn a little bit more about these stylish ladies – up first, our LA winner, Eva of Cathedral City, California!

Her winning photo, rocking our sheer printed romper with a belt and turquoise accessories.

I love the relaxed vibe of this outfit! Get the look with our fairisle pullover, feather headpiece and linen extreme flare.

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Looking adorable in the floral woven pullover, ankle crop jean and saddle shoes.

What do you love most about Los Angeles?

I definitely love the diversity that exists in L.A.  It’s this huge melting pot of all kinds of people…mostly strange people [haha], but that is what makes L.A. interesting and unique.  It’s one of those cities where self expression is a must.

Three words that best describe California style are: Cool, chic, and trendy.

How would you describe your personal style? Which Free People girl  are you?

I would have to say I’m Meadow and Ginger mixed into one!!  I love the relaxed, carefree, bohemian look when I’m out during the day running errands, shopping, or having lunch/coffee with friends.  But I definitely appreciate a sexy mini dress paired with 5 inch platforms when I’m hitting the town!

What is your favorite trend this season?

Colorblocking seems very popular this season…haven’t tried it yet, but definitely something I would love to try.  Who knew that not matching could ever look so cute?!?!

Favorite FP items of the moment:

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Undercover Maxi Dress, Stavros Buttondown, High Waisted Extreme Flare, French Terry Cross Bust Bra, Ginger Long Sleeve Lace Back Tunic

Uchenna -Feb 04, 2012, 5:35AM
I love her outfit because is too fintastic
rose -Feb 03, 2012, 1:08PM
i love her last outfit! effortless but still put together and lovely

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Post image for Office Style: Ladylike and Cool

There’s a distinct trend in fashion that has been extremely noticeable around the office these past few months. Employees are embracing their feminine side with a look marked by retro-inspired blouses, peter pan collars, and oxford shoes. The flouncy shirts of the 40’s and 50’s are getting their second life – coming back styled with the coolness of inspirations like Alexa Chung. The retro look couldn’t be more refined and sophisticated, yet adventurous and hip at the same time. We like to pair the lady-like retro pieces back to jumpers and floppy hats for a look that we love so much, we’ve launched a new FP Girl inspired by the trend. Stay tuned next week to learn all about her, but for now, here’s a bit of ladylike and cool inspiration from around the Free People home offices…

Get the look with our Eyelet Godet Mini Skirt, True Grit Denim Top, London Opaque Tights, and  Covington Ankle Boot

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The Super Cool Girl Fit n’ Flare Dress in Midnight paired with the Jenny Floppy Hat

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We’re loving red jackets for the lady-like look. Check out two favorites, the Tweed Motorcycle Jacket and the Silk Pop Blazer.

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Get the look with our Vegan Leather Pleated Skirt

rachel -Feb 19, 2012, 6:37PM
where is that floral shirt from? xx
ADDISON -Feb 19, 2012, 5:47PM
DANCE

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Spring is running through my blood and there’s no stopping it,  I want to drink sunlight until I glow and smell the sweet scent of flowers. Whenever spring comes upon us I get fueled by love and curiosity, I think it’s the turn of a new season – it makes me want to launch my heart into the unknown and try something new, like a new trend, a new way of dressing or a new makeup update. This spring we are excited about flowers, flowers all over the place and even doubling them up just like Jazzmine from Garance Dora. We’re all about it and you’ll be seeing a lot more of this these next coming months. Don’t worry, we’ll be giving you style tips on the blog on how to wear this powerful trend.

Images: Erdem Spring 2010 via Elle.com, Jazzmine Berger via Garance Dore

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Natachasteven -Apr 23, 2012, 11:10AM
Your blog is so cool, so glad I discovered it!
Debbie -Feb 16, 2012, 8:16PM
I like cute small (ditsy) florals, but am not big on these bold overpowering florals. The look matronly to me. I also don't see florals as a trend but a classic that is huge every year. :-)

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Post image for Thursday Poll: Mini Skirts

You may typically think “maxi” when you think of Free People, but this coming Spring we’re mixing it up, and delving into an assortment of mini’s. They’re fun and flirty – definitely a playful item to have in your wardrobe. Some are sexier while others are more lady-like. Which style do you all prefer? Read more »

Kali -Feb 20, 2012, 1:23PM
The first three skirts are my absolute fav! You can do so many different things with all of these skirts. They can all be dressed up with a belt sweater and pumps or dressed down with a cute tank and flip flops. The mesh skirt has a sexy edge to it where as the bodycon and the scrunch skirts have a simple innocence to them. I have one word...Beautiful!
-Feb 03, 2012, 3:52AM
Woaw one of these skirt has my name!!! I never heard it out of france!!! Nice! Delphine

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Post image for Freja Beha Erichsen x Free People – Catalog Sneak Peek!

I have been so excited to share our February catalog sneak peek, featuring one of my favorite models - Freja Beha Erichsen! She brings an amazing edgy attitude to our tomboy Lou styles and looks beyond gorgeous showing a softer Candy and Meadow side as well. The catalog was shot by Joshua Allen and drops next week – here’s a little preview!

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Alexandra Moore -Mar 04, 2014, 9:25PM
Ohhhh.... Freja's fashion style is to die for. There's just about everything here I really want, must have, now....! Truly gorgeous. Thank you soooooo much for this amazing spread and all the fashion ideas. I love it all. But hey, some of the readers' comments below are a bit snippy. Why do some people want to attack any girl who is naturally slender...? Freja is gorgeous just the way she is. Please don't say things like that just because you don't like slender women, or because Freja's naturally slender and has petite breasts..? She's healthy. She's smart. She's beautiful. Besides, there's plenty of girls like this who are naturally slender. I'm one too. So I know. I really get annoyed with people who want everyone to look the same, or worse for people to want us to look all big and pneumatic and overweight. Let us naturally thin girls enjoy things as they are. We don't go around saying nasty things about bigger women. Honest, there are all sorts of natural shapes for girls. We thinnies are one of them. If you don't like the way Freja looks then be maybe you can look elsewhere or try to say something nice at least. - Alexxxxx
Angelique -Dec 14, 2012, 12:59PM
I'm 20, and much like some other commenters I've also had a very serious eating disorder in the past. I've always loved free people, and the catalogues were some of my favorite things to look at while I was anorexic. There's no denying the fact that these girls are beautiful, but as a consumer I'd really appreciate it if you guys would start featuring more curvy and feminine models. If anything this type of marketing turns me off, I know that my body type no longer matches that of these girls and as such I doubt the fact that any of your items will look good on my more feminine shape.

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Groundhog Day

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Fun Facts:

* According to legend, on February 2nd, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring. Read more »

blog de mode 2012 -Feb 13, 2012, 1:58PM
So pretty! <3
andrea lynne rose -Feb 02, 2012, 10:59AM
Oh no! I forgot this was coming! Im not done with winter though :( http://madnessanmusings.blogspot.com/2012/02/mid-week-musings.html

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Post image for Win Your Valentine’s Day Wishlist!

Because we love you, we have a special Valentine’s day treat for you this year! Need a great outfit for your special day or night? You can enter to win your Valentine wishlist, for up to $500!

Click here to enter, and make sure you fill up your wishlist with whatever your heart desires :) xoxo

Jessica -May 04, 2012, 7:21PM
Does anyone know who won yet?
Rachel -Feb 14, 2012, 5:43PM
How do we know who won??

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It feels like spring today, and even if it’s just for one day, I’m rolling with it… I blame the weather for the fact that my eye went immediately to anything colorful and springlike in the office.

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The amazing Atlantic Neon Rope Bracelet.

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We love floral crowns for spring and summer!

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Abigail doing her best dead dog impression.

TIFFANY C -Feb 03, 2012, 12:46AM
so sweet, are you guys hiring? ; )
gemma -Feb 02, 2012, 10:41AM
ahhhh fairy landia....

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