We all have it. Clutter. Seems like a bad word, but realizing we’re all in this together, let’s do something about it!
I just finished reading “Clutter Rescue” from the folks at Good Housekeeping. The book promises “just minutes a day to get organized – forever.”
While there are many literary resources promising change, I found this book compelling for seven simple reasons:
- They don’t scold us for the clutter. They are very understanding and do not judge.
- They attack the source of the clutter, not just a quickie band aid cover up.
- Projects are chunked into bite-sized mini-projects that are not overwhelming.
- The photos are delicious eye candy. They truly understand that storage can and should be pretty.
- The underlying message of “Less is Best” is liberating.
- Many solutions are accompanied by “Dollar Smart” DIY alternatives.
- Not only does this book help you get organized, it provides tips to maintain that blissful status.
The book is divided into chapter by room, and projects are broken down by time required so you can really tailor your plan to your needs.
I decided to apply the strategies from Chapter 9 (Home Offices and Work Spaces) to my own messy office. Here’s what I accomplished in a short amount of time:
I declared war on loose papers – organize or toss is my mantra! First, I established trays for in/out/file/bills. Here are some fashionable ideas:
I LOVE my magazines and reference books. So I used magazine racks to organize my love of non-digital décor magazines:
But I just recently found a great idea from Martha Stewart that I might try:
(credit and instructions at Martha Stewart)
To keep the desktop clear, I designated a basket to hold essentials I use on a daily basis, such as pens, scissors, calculator, tissue box, and glasses.
I used another matching basket for all incoming “stuff” ready for triage.
Having a great plan is one thing. Maintaining it is another. So I added filing and organizing tune up to my weekly chore routine on the same day I pay bills. If your looking for a template, here is what I use. Feel free to edit it to fit your needs!
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