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Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Five Books To Help Get You Organized

Becky

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Alright you all, there is just a week left in January and if you’re anything like I am, you probably ran out of that New Year’s resolution organizing steam about a week ago!

Did you get anything done? A closet cleaned? A junk drawer straightened? Tell me you at least took one box to the Goodwill or labeled something? If not, don’t fret;  it’s a good time to give yourself a kick in the bum and  try again! True confessions: I currently have two toppling stacks of tax receipts and files in the middle of my floor. I was hoping looking at the mess would make me work on them but instead I’ve learned not to see them.

One way to get your organizational juices flowing is by picking up a good book. Here are five tried and true tomes that will help you get inspired:

1. Good Things for Organizing by Martha Stewart Living Magazine. Say what you want about Martha, but she didn’t get where she is today by being disorganized.

2. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. I loved this book because I could totally relate, skip around and read it out of order and enjoy seeing how Rubin’s life improved as she organized her life and priorities. She has another book out now called Happier At Home that I can’t recommend as I haven’t read it yet, but based on how much I enjoyed The Happiness Project, I’m betting it’s a good one!

3. Speaking of happiness and books, The Happy Home Book. Nayar digs deep into all sorts of topics, from how to live a sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle to ancient traditions like Vastu. Though packed with all sorts of information, her writing style is accessible and makes this a very enjoyable read.

4. Peruse Real Simple 869 New Uses For Old Things before you get started. You may come across some junk that might just be useful during your cleanouts. Plus, some of the ideas might get you excited to start sorting and see if you can unearth any of the “old things” and use them in new ways.

5. If you’re finally ready to get serious, get your hands on a copy of Unclutter Your Life In One Week by Erin Rooney Doland. Be warned: The amount of things Doland expects your to accomplish in one day is exhausting. I read this book as Unclutter Your Life In One Month and tried to get a day or two’s worth of Doland’s tasks accomplished in one week. It’s a great step-by-step guide that will take you through the entire house.

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Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Organizing and De-Cluttering: Cleaning Gayle King’s Closet

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Because we’ve been chatting about de-cluttering and getting organized in the new year, I want to tell you to pick up the March 2012 issue of O magazine. Publishing the clutter-clearing issue arrive in March is wise; everyone else is doing it in January, and we’ve all run out of steam, given up or forgotten about it by March.

The de-cluttering issue is always great, especially since clutter guru Peter Walsh is in Oprah’s posse. However, my favorite feature was not his decluttered ’til it’s really boring Palm Springs home, but rather, a bunch of people cleaning out the closet of  Oprah’s BFF, Gayle King. It is helpful, if not all that realistic (her closet is bigger than my kitchen). It is also totally hilarious. My favorite part was seeing her wearing this 1984 Ungaro dress she didn’t want to get rid of (I think you’ll have to buy the magazine to see the shot):

image via Oprah.com

My second-favorite part was writer Lisa Kogan’s description of said dress: “A marigold and black Ungaro with the kind of shoulder pads seldom seen outside the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive line.” She sounds ready to give Michael Kors a run for his money on Project Runway!

Anyway, I know shelling out money for magazines is a luxury right now, but this is an issue I will hoard until Peter Walsh declares it clutter and pries it from my cold, dead hands.

image via Just a Titch

Also, speaking of clutter, how have you been clearing yours lately? I dropped the ball on those Easy Organizing Projects, didn’t I? Here is a really easy, really enjoyable one attack the magazines!  I realize this is ironic, that I’m telling you to purge the glossies right after telling you to buy one; sue me. Take a stack along with a box and a stapler and enjoy them while watching TV, trying to get sleepy in bed, whatever. Rip out articles you want to read someday and staple each article together. You’ll now have a stack of juicy reading that won’t weigh you down next time you are on the train, a plane or the bathtub. Cut out pictures that you know you’ll want to save for future inspiration. Put them in your inspiration binder or scan or photograph them and upload them to Pinterest. If you don’t do this within a month, you need to recycle them as well.

If you don’t wind up cutting a thing out of your magazines, see if any schools, hospitals, shelters, nursing homes, etc. would like to use them. If you did cut things out, lots of art classrooms can use your magazines (make sure they are age-appropriate). If you just want them out of the house, pop them in with the newspaper and cardboard recycling.

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Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Organization Tuesday: The Mini-Bar

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This weekend I was finally able to sample The Standard Hotel in Chelsea. While I am usually very good at resisting the temptations of the mini-bar, this one was too well-stocked and organized to resist. Anything my heart desired was in there. While I was able to resist the Smartwater, Absolut, and all the recipes for delicious cocktails. I gave in for apple juice and chocolate chip cookies. What am I, five years old? Bravo Standard – this was too fabulous.

In other news, as I continue on my organizing journey, I found a rolling rattan chest of drawers in the back of a deep coat closet. One of the drawers was weighed down by all of my soundtrack CDs that I didn’t have room for in my case logic binders. Today I’ll be tackling the alphabetizing and inserting. I know with all of the iPod technology out there these days I probably don’t even need the actual CDs anymore, but getting rid of my jewel cases was traumatic enough. Seeing as how I still have a stack of albums and no turntable, I don’t think I’ll be getting rid of the CDs for at least another decade, though during my last move I did part with all of my cassette tapes. I hope some lucky dog out there is enjoying my Echo and the Bunnymen and my Scritti Politti music.

P.S. That Office Space soundtrack is awesome. I still picture them destroying the printer with a baseball bat whenever I hear the Geto Boys.

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Friday, January 9th, 2009

Organize: The Closet, Ali’s Before and After

Ali

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The closet is perhaps one of the most painful things to organize, even (or especially) when you don’t have one. In moving to our loft space we were left closetless. Where do you put your stuff when you don’t have a closet or dresser? Well, this is what we lived like for nearly two months:

Disgusting. What do you do when you can’t live like this any longer? Read the rest of this entry »

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Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Organize: The Bedroom

Ali

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If I were to show you a photo of my bedroom you just might question my ability to work for Design Public. I have one of the smallest bedrooms known to man…a room we now refer to as a shoebox rather than bedroom…and in our shoebox one misplaced item creates a bona fide tornado scene. I have grand visions with how I want to Read the rest of this entry »

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