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Re: HAPPY MAY IN THE COFFEE HOUSE

Postby Gma » Fri May 19, 2017 4:40 pm

(((eilerse))) you and your dh raised a wonderful family! Enjoy!

all you well organized people --- and you she's too! :lol: :lol: ---
it is really time for me to go through my clothes! They are not organized at all - not even in piles. Mother gave me a box of things SHE is no longer going to wear - it sat for ??? and today I went through it. She is 6 inches shorter than I so most of the slacks were WAY too short. Easy to put back in the box. Some things were nice and I liked them and they fit. So that got me started thinking about what I need (actually they all were nice, good quality, for someone, and they will go to Salvation Army)
Here is where I get stuck every time I try to start - yes I get stuck even before I get started!
Do I sort by
color?
season?
type - as in tops, dresses, skirts, slacks, jackets

What do I do (while sorting) with the multipurpose items? (as in, the top that goes with khaki and green and rust slacks)

I believe that only when I have, for example, ALL my slacks (add any other category) laid out will I be able to choose which ones I like, and which fit, the best, that I will be able to decide how many I actually should keep. But I also will want to make sure that I have the other coordinating color pieces for an outfit.

I know that I have waay more than I should - the blessing and curse of a mother who shops for ALL her children! And never wearing out anything, and not changing size much either. I have decided that I am not going to keep anything that needs mending, remodelling, or other work (well, I do have a few dresses that I really like that should be shortened by machine, and I will probably keep :oops: )

Willing to take suggestions! And remember I will be interrupted.
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Re: HAPPY MAY IN THE COFFEE HOUSE

Postby atlanticflyer » Fri May 19, 2017 7:16 pm

Gma I don't have a lot of clothes but I sort by season first and then type and I move my out of season to one end of my clothes rack. Some things I wear all year such as leggings and t-shirts
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Re: HAPPY MAY IN THE COFFEE HOUSE

Postby Desert Bloom » Fri May 19, 2017 7:57 pm

Gma wrote:Here is where I get stuck every time I try to start - yes I get stuck even before I get started!
Do I sort by
color?
season?
type - as in tops, dresses, skirts, slacks, jackets
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What do I do (while sorting) with the multipurpose items? (as in, the top that goes with khaki and green and rust slacks)
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I believe that only when I have, for example, ALL my slacks (add any other category) laid out will I be able to choose which ones I like, and which fit, the best, that I will be able to decide how many I actually should keep. But I also will want to make sure that I have the other coordinating color pieces for an outfit.
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Willing to take suggestions! And remember I will be interrupted.


Gma, I can relate to what you are saying about clothing disorganization. I tried, for decades to organize my clothes in the 'traditional' ways, but was always stressedd out by trying to remember what separates I like to wear together.

And, I come from a large family of people who pass around clothes they no longer want, and also have done a lot of clothes purchasing myself, so I have far more clothing than I could ever fit into my closet.

In recent years, I have finally gotten to a point of reasonable success, by changing to a totally different organizing strategy, maybe it will work for you, too!

First, put together at least a week's worth of Outfits (put together all the pieces of each Outfit), and put the Outfits together somewhere you can easily get to them. If the closet is full, hang the Outfits in the Laundry Area, or if no room anywhere else, put all the Outfits together in a stack somewhere.

The purpose of this is so you can go on about your life, wearing clothing you are used to wearing, while you are tackling the clothes oganizing process, bit by bit, as time permits.

Then, lay out one category (such as pants), and sort into 2 piles: Like and Don't Like (doesn't fit falls into the Don't Like category, unless you want to make a 3rd pile for "Needs Fixing"). Bag everything in the Don't Like pile and do your Salvation Army Routine to the bag(s).

Then set aside all the "Like" pants, all in one place, for the moment. Repeat this process with all your categories of clothing, tops, pants, etc... (as time allows), until all you have left is "Like" piles in each category.

At this point, the closet should be empty. Assign one part of the Closet as "Outfits", and the other part of the closet as "Ready to be in an Outfit". Then pull from the various "Like" piles of clothing to form "Outfits" and hang all the pieces of the Outfit together (right next to each other ) on the closet pole.

In the case of the top that goes with 2 pairs of slacks. assign the top to just one pair of slacks as part of an Outfit. Use a different top in an Outfit with the other pair of slacks. Which pair of slacks do you most enjoy wearing the top with? Go through your "Like" top pile for another top for the other pair of slacks.

As you put together each "Outfit", and hang each "Outfit" in the closet, you may want to sub-divide the closet into "winter" and "summer" (or some other similar categories). Or, perhaps you will want to keep your out-of-season Outfits in a different closet altogether.

When you have put together as many "Outfits" as you want, then all the leftover (not in an Outfit) clothing becomes the "Ready to be in an Outfit" section of your wardrobe. If you still have room in your closet, hang these extra items there.

Or, they could be stored in another closet, or anyplace else). The important thing is to keep these extra items sorted by category, so, for example, if a pair of slacks in one of your "Outfits" wears out, it's easy to go to your extra slacks and find a replacement pair.

You don't have to figure out all your Outfits at once. When you have time, or want to wear a 'different' outfit, it will be very easy to just go through your "Ready to be in an Outfit" clothing (already sorted by pants, tops, etc...) and put together an Outfit.

I even make sure I wash and dry all the pieces of my Outfit at the same time, so all the pieces (pants, top, etc..) are always together. This makes it so simple to remember what clcothing items I have assigned to be 'together' in each Outfit.

After experiencing the ease of the Outfits system of clothes organizing, I can say I will never go back to the organize by type of clothing system again. The organize by type of clothing system is great for finding items for new Outfits, but I don't miss having to find separate piece of clothing, everytime I get dressed, at all.

Gma, you will be so glad you have organized your clothing. And, it's so easy to do a little at a time. Just start by piling together the similar items (tops, pants, etc..) you "Like",, and do your Salvation Army Routine to your "Don't Like" items. Then put together "Outfits" from your "Like" piles and hang in the closet. Then put away everything else in a way that will be easy to find what you want, if you want a 'new' Outfit, or need to replace a piece of an existing Outfit.

For now, just keep doing what you're already doing, Gma (deciding what you Don't Like and Salvation Army-ing it). You are already well on your way to success! :D
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Re: HAPPY MAY IN THE COFFEE HOUSE

Postby Gma » Fri May 19, 2017 9:14 pm

dear Desert Bloom - Thanks you for such kind and helpful suggestions!
Now I have to go out to mow, so will ponder that while I mow.

I certainly can see the value of having "outfits," makes it very easy to eliminate those things that don't have companions!
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Re: HAPPY MAY IN THE COFFEE HOUSE

Postby Desert Bloom » Sat May 20, 2017 12:17 am

Gma wrote:dear Desert Bloom - Thanks you for such kind and helpful suggestions!
Now I have to go out to mow, so will ponder that while I mow.

I certainly can see the value of having "outfits," makes it very easy to eliminate those things that don't have companions!


Thank you for your sweet encouragement, Gma!

When I glanced in my closet, I remembered I also separated my "Skirt Outfits & Dresses" from my "Pants Outfits", so if I want to wear a skirt or dress, I don't have to dig through Pants Outfits.

I don't have the Skirt Outfits & Dresses divided by color, or divided any other way, have found it's 'good enough' just to have all my Skirt Outfits and Dresses all in one area of the closet.

I also remembered I've got my Pants Outfits divided into 3 categories, Long Pants Outfits, Capri (Knee-Length) Pants Outfits, and Shorts Outfits (but not divided by color, just sorting by length of pants has been 'good enough').

My nightgowns are all hanging in the closet, grouped together, and my 2 piece pajama sets are folded and on the closet shelf, above the nightgown area. I may change that, and hang the pajamas next to the nightgowns.

I put a small chest of drawers in the closet, to use for underwear, socks, and gloves storage. The goal is to get everything I'm currently wearing in one closet, for ease of use. I still need a better system for shoes.

Also wanted to mention you don't have to get rid of things (if you love them) just because they don't have a companion. Just put them in a separate "Ready to be in an Outfit" area (maybe you would want to call the area "Needs a Companion" area, so the item will be easy to find when it's companion arrives.
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Re: HAPPY MAY IN THE COFFEE HOUSE

Postby atlanticflyer » Sat May 20, 2017 12:37 am

Desert bloom what great suggestions!

I wish I had relatives or friends to pass on clothes to me but my size makes it difficult to do so. I am a minimalist when it comes to clothes. I have half a closet rack (and even share that with the boys best suit clothes) plus I only have two and a half drawers in our two chest of drawers
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Re: HAPPY MAY IN THE COFFEE HOUSE

Postby atlanticflyer » Sat May 20, 2017 12:38 am

Yikes I was working on a power point presentation for traing next week when hubby started playing his trumpet one foot from my desk. To be fair he was following a video on his computer. When I complained loudly he said "be glad I don't play the clarinet" then he tells me he has band all summer and is in a special choir for Canada day meaning practice twice a week which is fine as I am involved in a special Canada day celebration in another community so we won't spend any time together that day lol
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Re: HAPPY MAY IN THE COFFEE HOUSE

Postby mom-91 » Sat May 20, 2017 12:44 am

wow misse dlots here

I sort by item and sub sort by color. I have very few prints so everything is mix and match. if a color looks good on you it will go with almost every other color that looks good on you.

Dessert bloom you sound really organized. glad you stopped by

atlantic if items are right for you, you dont' need many I just love clothes

eilerse glad he could visit

CL enjoy school being out soon

going to go out to eat and to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2

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Re: HAPPY MAY IN THE COFFEE HOUSE

Postby laurlind » Sat May 20, 2017 3:20 am

Good suggestions. I don't have much advice in that area. I don't have lots of different outfits mostly my good black pants and khaki pants and mix and match my dress shirts with that. There are a few shirts I don't wear very often.

Interesting progress with my nephew for piano lessons. He is with his dad one week and mom next . His dad has the synthesizer keyboard he practices on. He mostly plays fun stuff and sounds bit he does know what notes he plays. Loves intervals and harmonic chords but doesn't play the songs much. If he did he would fly through it. Can play the new ones pretty well first time through.
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Postby atlanticflyer » Sat May 20, 2017 11:03 am

morning mom and laurlind!
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Postby Costumelady » Sun May 21, 2017 3:04 am

I have one rule for my closet. I only keep clothes that I look and feel good in period. If I put on something and go yuck or avoid it in my closet - it is out. I take up 3/4 of our large walk in closet. My clothes are organized by long sleeve shirts and suit jackets on one rack, pants on the rack below that rack. On my tall half rack I put all of my skirts and dresses and then I have another top rack for short/sleeveless shirts and I have shoe cubbies. Prince gets one top bottom double rack and we have 1 half rack for hangers - I had hoped that would be our wear it again rack but alas that has not happened, my clothes end up on the chair in the end of our closet and his on the chair by his side of the bed. I pretty much stick to my colors and many things intermix. I have very few dedicated outfits that stand alone. I stay pretty much with slacks, jeans and shorts that are solid color and then lots of different tops that go with different things. Purple plays a large role in my closet and Teal as well as chocolate brown and salmon. My shorts and t-shirts are part in my 2 drawers in the shared dresser and we each have 3 little drawers in closet for underware, swimwear and pajamas and socks. I arrange each rack by season with winter weight on one end and summer on the other. Prince arranges his - short to long and in sort of color order and his pants dress to casual and types of pants together. I try hard to rotate what I wear and I clean out my closet twice a year and donate to our local woman's shelter thrift shop called My Sister's Closet.

I saw the chairs gma on fb they looked great.

mom I think it is cool you go to see Guardians of the Galaxy and all of those type shows, they have never interested me.

4 days left but so much to do. Today we did a huge shopping - we have been so frugal for the last 2 months we went alittle crazy today so we probably have food for over a month. We have chicken for 7 meals I estimate, 3 lamb cuts for 3 meals, a whole pork tenderloin that Prince will cut into chops tomorrow for I am guessing 4 meals, Tilapia for 4 or 5 meals and Salmon for 1, pasta and pizza for several meals, brats and sausages, ground bison (I can't eat beef) and ground turkey. We totally stocked up on meat and frozen veggies and bread and grains. Tomorrow I am making chocolate dipped fruit for Ryan's Senior banquet and will probably make some more of it for his graduation. I have decided chocolate dipped fruit, deviled eggs, sushi tray, chips and homemade quacamole and some salsa and my sweetpotato brownies is what I will make for grad party to supplement the pulled pork, pasta and beef balls. Maybe also some carrots and hummus.

I must send out invites to his graduation tomorrow. Trying desparately to get Ryan to finish his English assignments - we took away his phone. He got 1 of 3 done in English in 2 days. He is so frustrating right now. He is intentionally being passive aggressive and flatly refusing by just not doing it. I am so tempted to cancel his acceptance to Ball State and inform him he will be going to Ivy Tech until he can show me he knows how to study properly.

I also had a 30% off coupon so took advantage of the sales and got Prince some new pants and he has worn out the ones he has (he is easy - he gets the same kind of pants and I buy 1 or 2 of each color.) and some new underware, Ryan also needed 3 new shirts and a pair of shorts and underware. I earned some Kohl's cash which I will enjoy spending on myself. We also got a new Instant Pot to replace our dying crock pot - this one is supposed to be amazing! It is a combo crock, pressure cooker - it does 7 things, It is a yogurt maker too. I will be able to make my own goat yogurt and I can get goat milk at our farmer's market - it is marked for animal consumption because they can't legally sell it at the market for human consumption but everyone uses it for that. Goat yogurt is so expensive, this will be a fraction of the cost.

I am looking forward to cooking all summer - it will become my job once school is out.

I have plans to exercise daily and Prince and I are both going to try to lose weight.

On Braden - his trainer never brought him more work and didn't check on him and he went and tried several times to find him but couldn't and then they came and told him because he didn't work he was fired and escorted him from the building. I was proud of him for calling HR and complaining and explaining what happened and they gave him a new chance in a different department which he has only been part of for 2 days but already likes it better. It worries me when he tells me he is to be able to do 200 in a day and he was able to do 18 out 25 correctly. He is training so I hope that number climbs quickly or he will lose his job again. It is a labor intensive position making medical guide wires that go in the vein. He said they were pleased with how quickly he picked it up.

He got himself a new phone with this paycheck and some groceries so now he is set for the week.
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Postby atlanticflyer » Sun May 21, 2017 11:41 am

good for braden CL! and hope Ryan gets those assignments done, he needs to motivate himself fast.

I don't wear pyjamas, i wear alot of leggings and tops or short dresses and when they get holes they become my pyjamas along with an old t-shirt. I only have two pairs of jeans, no slacks and few button up shirts
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Postby Costumelady » Sun May 21, 2017 9:06 pm

I weeded my closet after I lost the 45 lbs and had about 5 pair of pants and 10 shirts but I love to shop second hand stores and sales so I have about tripled that number since December but not spent a lot of money. It is time to weed it out again because some of the things I bought from the dollar rack at our woman's second hand store I didn't try on and I don't care for them.

I need to go through my short drawer and try things on, I bought some things on sale last summer - hoping they fit this summer, I bought them with the thought I would have lost weight by then. I have 20 minutes maybe I will go do that now.
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Postby atlanticflyer » Sun May 21, 2017 9:30 pm

I don't think I own a pair of shorts cl, I like dresses in summer
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Postby Costumelady » Mon May 22, 2017 2:08 am

I actually wear skorts - I have 4 of them that fit I discovered and 4 exercise shorts. I wear sundresses all summer and I have about 2 or 3 pair of capri pants as well.

So far Ryan has 4 of the 5 items completed. He must get 1 more done to hopefully repair his grade in English. I am more worried about Precalc.

I have a ton of short sleeve and sleeveless shirts, I didn't weed those last year because I didn't know what wouldn't fit this summer so I will go through and pare it down soon too.

It is Sunday - I have 4 more days of class. In that time I must reorganize my robes and get them put to bed - order 3 boxes and a small box for tassels and 2 flat sheets that I will need to sew for a cover and put some buttons or a zipper or ties or something to close at the end of my rack. I need to take down all of my posters and plan how to use them next year. I must write up a syllabus and lesson plans for my 2 new teachers starting this summer. Clean off my desk and out my desk and put away my materials in my room and put back in my cabinets.

I got a new to me uplight for my study - for $4 at our Habitat restore the other day I really like it. I also got a second smaller task light on a stand for beside my bed so I don't have to have overhead lights on.

So much to do, need to get my head around everything.
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Postby Gma » Mon May 22, 2017 6:27 am

We celebrated grandson's birthday on Saturday evening at the cabin. He loved the cake I baked! 11 candles. The weather was awful - cold and windy- so they went in to town and watched Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie, then to a pizza place for their supper. Mom and I got there just as they were returning home from that. We had cake and ice cream and watched a dvd Disney movie together. Went to bed - I had several days of too much/ up too early down too late. They went to bed and I stayed up and washed the "party" dishes, took mother's dog for bedtime walk, made sure my mother was settled in, etc.

I slept in (not intentionally! I didn't even hear the alarm, nor my dil coming in to my bedroom to turn it off! So when my mother got up at 1015, and woke me at 1020 because she needed me to take the dog out for morning potty, it was a little late to make it to 1030 church!
I spent my day helping get the dock into the water, with my son as foreman of the project. We got just basic in. Boat will go in another time. But we can cast from the dock and grandson caught a nice bass (and threw it back as no one wanted to clean it. And he totally understands catch and release.) He is even good at identifying various species of fish - our lake has bass, sunfish (bluegills and pumpkin seeds), northern pike, walleye, a few crappie. Also loons and kingfishers are common sights. And some tall bird - I don't remember if it is a blue heron or an egret. Son spotted a bald eagle flying over today, too.
I managed to vacuum the whole main floor and the family room of the walk out basement before we left today.

Then I came home to my messy house, and am tired and ready for bed!
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Postby atlanticflyer » Mon May 22, 2017 12:15 pm

sounds like a good day GMA!

cl when is Ryan down his school year? is summer school a possibility if he doesn't get the grades?

holiday here, will go into office, need to donate blood this evening
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Postby Gma » Mon May 22, 2017 6:26 pm

from those who need it, thanks for giving blood as :D Also from me who cannot give but would like to - it takes waaay toooo long for my hemoglobin to come back. They say every 8 weeks, it takes me well over a year to achieve the level they want. I have accomplished 1 gallon in my lifetime. I have received 4, given 8. I am done. I will donate my time to helping the bloodmobile collection when it is at my church.

today I bake a birthday cake fo rmy mother. chocolate angel food. served with whipped cream and raspberries.
and thawing out a turkey breast to roast and bring to a df when she comes home from hospital after a major operation.

then will go to mother's to dig out some bushes she wants to move to new places so she can plant something new where I will be digging these out from.
She thrives on change!
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Postby atlanticflyer » Mon May 22, 2017 9:05 pm

Gma i give anytime they will let me, in Canada women have to wait 12 weeks between donations. I gave alot when I was a teen and young adult but stopped when the boys were young as hard to find a sitter and i usually had no vehicle to drive to town
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Postby mom-91 » Mon May 22, 2017 10:38 pm

atlantic Happy Victoria day

my arms are too fat to find veins now

Gma I should do gardening like that. bet it would help my arms

CL hope he gets done. Becaa's English teacher knew she(teacher) would be away some so they are doing Hamlet mostly all in class stuff including watching the movie

lauralind you sound like you have a simple practical wardrobe without being boring

had friends in need of Scotch and sympathy Saturday night, fortunately we had both
Jason's concert went really well though It didn't' sell out this time the music was terrific
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Postby atlanticflyer » Tue May 23, 2017 12:29 am

Glad Jason's concert went well mom. My hubby is going away to a band camp (instrmental) this weekend
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Postby Musicalcatlover » Tue May 23, 2017 7:46 am

Hi, All! CL, I think I was in your territory over the weekend. The daughter of a college friend got married in the Indianapolis area. Nice wedding, and even nicer to get away from all the chaos in my household. I can't remember if I mentioned it or not, but a couple of months ago, our Dniece came to visit SIL with her boyfriend. Hubby discovered that the DBF is a skilled carpenter.
I can't even count all the projects (little AND big) that have been started around here. The powder room has been repainted, and I finally got a new laminate counter on to replace probably the original one from 1960. Bathroom has been painted, and a new laminate counter is in the works. IF the trim were done in the newly insulated/painted/new closet for some reason on the sun porch, I could pre-stain, stain and poly that. Garage has been partly repaired, and a professional re-roofed that & sun-porch, and we are waiting for the firm to come back with blacktopping. Hubby also had quite a few outdoor projects for them, too. :roll:
SO, for the last couple of weeks I have had SIL, Dnice+DBF, her cat living here. The "kids" are vegan, and pretty much get their own food. I've figured out that SIL LOVES vegetarian Turkish food from when she lived there for a year or two. Her cat is finally fitting in pretty well. Hubby and SIL usually take their medicines, which helps TREMENDOUSLY.
CL, I lost 22 lbs between stress and doing much caring of the 2 disabled ones. The family joke is I LOST the 22 lbs, and poor hubby gained it several times(way too true, but hard with his injuries to lose, as he needs to quit smoking in order to get surgery, and lose at least 20 lbs.) WHEN I had the extra 22 lbs I was trying to diet and lose it, but it was stubborn. Yeah, healthy but junk food is true. :lol:

This weekend, I taught Friday, rushed to the store per hubby's request, and stopped in for my suitcase. Hubby informed me there was no hot water, so I didn't even try to deal with the dishes in dishwasher clean/dirty dishes in sink. I decided after he told me his latest fuss about his buddy/some misunderstandings on his part(daily drama in his own mind) that I needed to try to worry more about me and doing things I wanted to do, and pondered this a bit on the drives down and back. By the time I got back on Sunday, that had been fixed. I rushed in, put away dishes/reloaded & started and quickly changed into a recital dress. I hadn't baked for this one, but did the programs and helped with recital set up. SO, today I bought some pretty plants I wanted (hubby spent $1,000 in trees to surround the patio as he is paranoid about the insurance and his work comp suit that "the kids" had to plant), and went to visit the Nice Family, who has 6 kids in a tiny condo, and just are decent, fun caring people who make a normal amount of noise and I don't have to weigh each word I say (or not talk at all as usually I need to do around hubby). I did a little outside work this morning, too.
NO, most of these projects I didn't think were needed; some were and we found some repairs we might have missed otherwise. SIGH. I KNOW that the extent and cost has ballooned majorly! :roll:
Hope Everyone is doing well! CL, your house closing is REALLY dragging along, isn't it?!
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