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    A peek at Candy Spelling's colossal 17,000-square-foot attic—plus, how she conquers all that clutter

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    * by Candy Spelling, Shine contributor, on Tue Apr 27, 2010 7:02am PDT


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    My attic, like most things in my life, is oversized. At 17,000 square feet, it’s larger than the condominium where I plan to move. But, I’ll write about downsizing another time (just the word causes me great anxiety), and, instead, invite you in to this special part of my haven. I know that, when people think “attic,” they usually visualize stuffing things away and going back “someday” to sort them out. Not me; I’m not only a chronic sorter, but I think more of the attic as “my special storage space” than “out of sight, out of mind.”

    Candy's 17,000 square foot attic


    One friend said, “You treat Randy and Tori’s school awards as importantly as Aaron’s big TV statues.” I liked that. Each item is a piece of our lives, and they deserve better than to be poorly packed away until the dreaded clean-out-the-attic day finally arrives. I actually look forward to going to the attic and climb up there at least four or five times a week, and sometimes every day. There’s too much of our lives up there to be stuffed, piled and forgotten.

    We’ve collected a lot of stuff, and I wasn’t sure where to start. So, I studied storage areas in hardware stores, hotels and big box retailers to figure out the best way to keep the original floor plans, architectural drawings and charts that show what’s connected to what and how to find the wiring for every piece of equipment in the house. I have almost a hundred different kinds of light bulbs (for everything from koi pond reflectors to French lampposts), plus unique duplicates of every carpet, wall covering, upholstery fabric, stone, and paint used in the house. Everything is labeled, and I even wrote stories about some of the rare items, such as the tale of how I found the silk for our entry hall walls.

    I’ve organized and captioned everything from Aaron’s amazing career, so a large part of my attic looks and reads like a "TV Guide" from a past decade with his scripts, photos, memorabilia, notes, videos and awards from the thousands of hours of TV he produced. Next to scripts from "The Love Boat" for example, I have a display of family photos from our cruise, photos of the cast, awards the show received and even a TV version of a cruise ship captain’s uniform. It’s like being on “The Love Boat,” without ever getting seasick. Multiply that times “Dynasty,” “Fantasy Island,” “The Mod Squad,” “Beverly Hills 90210,” and dozens of other shows, and people feel like they’ve stepped back into their favorite parts of TV nostalgia instead of a climate-controlled attic.

    Holidays have always been very special times for me, so decorations take up a lot of space. Nothing makes a home a haven more than celebrating the holidays with festive and special items. So, I have 59 boxes of Easter decorations, filled with everything from bunny costumes Tori and Randy wore (soon headed for Liam and Stella), to every shape and color of Easter eggs for the children from various charity organizations who come over to hunt for Easter eggs. More attic space is devoted to Christmas than any other holiday. In fact, I have 180 boxes of Christmas decorations, which hold everything from the seven-foot toy soldiers who greet visitors outside in December, to the Mrs. Claus dresses I put on my dolls.

    A big dilemma was organizing all these different memories. I have labeled every box (“big white rabbit husband and wife drinking tea” and “cushions from Tori’s Sweet 16 party” are examples), and I have photos on the outside of every box. I often thought I solely supported Polaroid for years because I took almost as many photos of decorations as I had actual decorations.

    I always liked walking into public libraries because I appreciated the organization and order. I realized that I used some of those old filing systems for my attic over the years, but with a much warmer feel to it. After all, my attic is full of years in the lives of Aaron, Tori, Randy and Candy. I want to be able to visit those times whenever I can.

    Here are some tips to make your attic more of an attraction than a house of horror.

    Candy's Storage Tips:

    1) Be discriminating. Everyone’s attic holds something special, or else the items should be in the trash, not in your home. So, for those special memories – even if you’re not as compulsive as I am to check on them all the time – you want to make sure they are protected and easy to find.

    2) Label your items as you put them away. Don’t put this off, or chances are, they’ll just get piled and pushed and never be where you want them.

    3) There are great storage boxes, cabinets, holders and files today, available everywhere from the local discount store to the storage stores. Get those that are designed to hold photos or clothes or books, to make sure they stay in good condition and protect your valuables against the elements in a cold or warm or musty attic.

    4) Look for acid-free tissues, boxes or wrappers to store your valuables and delicate items. Archival storage solutions are available from many retailers, container stores and online photo accessory retailers, and it’s worth finding it. No matter how carefully you may pack some items, they still might wilt over time if not stored in an acid-free environment.

    5) Take photos of what you’re storing, and number each box with a Sharpie or long-lasting ID. Keep the records in a scrapbook, three-ring notebook or on your computer, along with a drawing or map of the attic to show where you placed each item. The reference numbers and maps will certainly be useful when you need to find something. Trust me, you’ll thank yourself later.

    6) Check in on your attic from time to time and don’t be afraid to move things around. You might also want to move some things back downstairs to be more prominent in your life again. Life moves very quickly, and there’s no reason to shut out the past.
    Take a tour of Candy's home.

    Candy Spelling's bestseller, Stories from Candyland, is now available in paperback.

    Candy Spelling serves as an Ambassador for Tourism for Los Angeles serves on the Board of Directors for LA INC., The Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau. Candy invites you to visit the LA INC. "green living" site. For all things Candy Spelling, visit candyspelling.com

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    I like this comment:

    Very helpful, since so many of us have the time and money to buy and use 59 boxes of Easter and 180 boxes of Christmas decorations. And what a good use of time, to write about how you found silk for a decorating project!! Silly John Updike and Anne Tyler for not doing the same thing!!!

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    Disgusting,these are hard times for people.

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    Is she truly that delusional? I'd have a panic attack just thinking about all that crap crowding up my house. How many staff does she have just to organize her damn attic?
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    It is like she is an organized horder, if that makes any sense.

    Weird.

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    I have one box of baby clothes, a box of photos and baby hair and baby teeth. Every thing I own fits into one room, for God's sake this woman is crazy.

    But I am totally going to splurge one day and get all the Spelling penned tomes for a rip roaring reading riot!!!

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    I love her organizational skills. Thats about it
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    Quote Originally Posted by cupcake View Post
    I love her organizational skills. Thats about it
    Yes it's easy to be organized when you have someone to do it all for you. I'd be the most organized person on earth if I could dictate to some underling what I wanted done.

    I hate all of the Spellings and their disgusting excess.

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    This makes me glad I'm a total minimalist

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    Tori's sweet sixteen pillows? She sounds like any other hoarder, except she has a 17,000 square foot attic to store it in and probably also organizational OCD.
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    ok..

    At 17,000 square feet, it’s larger than the condominium where I plan to move. But, I’ll write about downsizing another time (just the word causes me great anxiety)
    Oh you POOR dear, being filthy rich and having to move out of a house THE SIZE OF A SHOPPING MALL. Fuck you and die.


    I have almost a hundred different kinds of light bulbs (for everything from koi pond reflectors to French lampposts)
    However will you do without your precious Koi pond? Will your new lavish condo feature a smaller version? Maybe goldfish? Will your Koi reflectors fit? So much anxiety!

    such as the tale of how I found the silk for our entry hall walls.
    Silk? On your walls? I'm sure that story is just FABULOUS! I bet there was some good natured, Republican chuckling from Chip, Chet, Biff and Muffy as Consuela carried the huge imported bolt of chinese silk into the attic for you.
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    There's a great old Dominick Dunne piece on her - Candy's Dynasty

    She sends her people over to France to look at houses for decorating ideas, but she tells them 'not the grand chateaux- look at the houses in whatever the Bel Air of France is'. She has servants place shells on the beach so she and her children can find them later when they walk on the shore. She has snow trucked in fromthe mountains so her kids can have a white christmas in their Beverly Hills home.


    It's a great piece - he rips her apart.
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    Didn't read it....won't waste my time with such a slutting bitch. Fuck her.

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    That house is obsence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by witchcurlgirl View Post
    There's a great old Dominick Dunne piece on her - Candy's Dynasty

    She sends her people over to France to look at houses for decorating ideas, but she tells them 'not the grand chateaux- look at the houses in whatever the Bel Air of France is'. She has servants place shells on the beach so she and her children can find them later when they walk on the shore. She has snow trucked in fromthe mountains so her kids can have a white christmas in their Beverly Hills home.


    It's a great piece - he rips her apart.

    I'm off to read this right now. I love Dominick Dunne (may he RIP) and I hate such disgusting opulence as Candy Spelling. blech.

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