Six years ago, my husband and I decided to move from the suburbs into the city, a move that involved cutting the square footage of our home almost in half. We got rid of some furniture, but most of our “stuff” came with us; that amount of stuff has only gotten larger with the addition of our son. And lately, the stuff has started to overwhelm us. For example, here’s what my desk currently looks like:
I promise – there really is a desk (and a desk chair) under there somewhere.
If you’re like me, the idea of hiring a professional organizer is an added expense that’s just not in the budget. But in the Expert Guide to Home Organizing, twelve generous professionals have joined forces to offers their expertise in all areas of organization – from paper clutter to memorabilia to even the mental roadblocks that may keep us from getting organized once and for all.
Each chapter of the book is written by a different professional organizer. The book is a quick read and full of great tips, but here are a few of my favorites:
- Do a load of laundry a day – don’t wait until “laundry day” and spend a huge chunk of hours on laundry all at once. I’m really bad at this, and instead of getting it all done I end up with piles and baskets of clean clothes everywhere. Breaking into daily chunks will make it much more manageable.
- Only touch mail once – shred, recycle or file immediately (I need a new shredder). Take the mail to where you file, or set up a filing area near where mail comes in. Right now, most mail gets set on the piano right next to our front door. The pile just keeps getting larger, and it’s one of the biggest problems I need to tackle.
- It’s fine to hold on to sentimental clothing like letter jackets – they just need to be put away somewhere other than the closet, which is just for clothes you wear. I need to clean out my closet in general. I’ve cleaned out most things that no longer fit; now I need to clean out the things that fit but that I won’t ever wear.
- Create a toy library that’s separate from the play area and rotate toys in and out so there’s not a ton of toys out at once, but your child still doesn’t get bored. We tried to do this with Evan’s toys by putting things on a shelf in our coat closet. It worked, until he figured out how to open doors. We just need a better library location.
- Add recurring home maintenance items – everything from replacing HVAC filters to blowing out sprinklers – to your digital calendar so everyone can be alerted when a task needs completion. We always seem to forget basic maintenance stuff until it’s on the verge of being a bigger problem, so being more proactive is definitely in order.
There’s also a whole chapter on running a tag/garage sale, including the planning that begins almost a month before the actual sale. If I ever want to see my desk again, those sale tips will come in handy.
The book is available in Kindle format, which you can read on a Kindle device, through the Kindle apps on Android and iOS, or in your browser at read.amazon.com. And it’s bargain at only 99 cents. Spring is just around the corner – it’s time to get organized!
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