The New Me, part 5: My love for Roy G. Biv

Raise your hand if you’ve ever had this experience.

You open up a brand new 64-pack of Crayola crayons. You inhale the smell of fresh colored wax. You gaze at the perfectly formed tips, and the neat new wrappers. Then you dump all of the crayons out on the table and you rearrange them in rainbow order.

It has always perplexed me that a company that specializes in color can’t figure out a way to package their product in Roy G. Biv order. You know: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet.

While my quest to get organized is new, I have always loved to sort things. And there’s nothing I love more than sorting things in the order of the rainbow!

Now that I’m cleaning out drawers and closets, I’m finding more and more opportunities to sort items into Roy G. Biv. It makes me so happy to see a bouquet of Sharpies all sorted by color.

I’m even starting to enjoy (Gasp! Did I say “ENJOY?!?”) putting away laundry now that I have purged tons of my clothes and sorted what is left into their own version of Roy G. Biv.

I don’t actually own any clothing on the ROY end of the spectrum, so my clothing order starts at G. Actually, about half of my clothes aren’t even in the rainbow range, but fall into the dark land of black, brown and grey. Yes, I have probably spent way too much time trying to figure out the correct color order for this clothing dilemma, but I’ve finally settled on something that works for me: black, grey, brown, green, blue, indigo, violet. Ahhh… It’s so good to see them all lined up in order. 🙂

Yes, you can say I’m a little obsessed with Roy G. Biv. How about you?

Organizing your home in rainbow order


The New Me, Part One: Clearing the clutter and organizing our spaces

The New Me, Part Two: Identifying the problem

The New Me, Part Three: Tackling my bathroom, drawers and cabinets

The New Me, Part Four: Adding cute touches to my home organizing

The New Me, Part Five: My love for Roy G. Biv

The New Me, Part Six: A clean sweep of my office and laundry room

The New Me, Part Seven: My home office makeover

The New Me, Part Eight: Organizing my laundry room


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  1. Somebody in my house (who shall remain nameless) has at least as many Sharpies as you do. Only he doesn’t arrange his in colored pots in ROYGBIV order. Instead he hides them from the rest of us (stinker!).
    I’m curious to see how long your closet stays in color order. I tried that, but didn’t last very long. Now I’m happy to just have pants separate and shirts hanging according to sleeve length.
    Love your organizing projects! It’s just the way I would picture you putting your house in order. If I ever decide to go on an organizing binge, I’m coming back to read how you’ve done it.

    1. Oh, Lara… that makes me laugh that he HIDES his Sharpies! I used to have one set for the whole family and then some really new ones hidden in a drawer. I saw those pots sitting around during a big purging session and needed to give myself some happiness by looking at my Sharpies so I combined them all.
      I have also arranged my clothes this way many times before, so yes… we’ll see how long I can keep it that way. The big difference this time is that I eliminated a TON of clothing! I’m hoping that will help. 🙂
      Thanks for checking in!

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