Tip of the Month: Be organized enough.
We get organized for a number of reasons:
- So we know what we have: how many bottles of spaghetti sauce, how many pairs of black slacks.
- So we can find things when we want them: the keys, the bills to be paid, the passport.
- So our spaces promote health and safety; they are easy to clean, easy to move around in.
- So precious things - family photos, special mementoes of those we love - get well preserved.
- So we are prepared for emergencies.
- So our spaces feel good to live and work in: peaceful and inspiring.
None of these reasons requires us to be perfectly organized.
- Books do not need to be alphabetized by author, if you can find what you want without that.
- You don't need to use the cunning little drawer dividers if your underwear drawer works fine without them.
- You don't have to have matching clothes hangers if your current ones work for your clothes and you don't really care about the all-matching look.
- You don't need to have all the maintenance work done - the toys put away, the filing completed - all the time, as long as it gets done often enough that those goals listed above are met.
- You can have a junk drawer without feeling guilty.
While we sometimes tolerate too much disorganization, sometimes we are just too hard on ourselves. We have busy lives filled with work, family, friends, exercise, and more. (We tend to be sleep-deprived, too, and that's not good at all.) We don't need to compare our homes with those shown in decorating magazines!
So pick simple organizing solutions and set reasonable standards for yourself. Be organized enough.
Organizing Quote of the Month
Your home or office shouldn't be a landfill. If an item is useful or lovable, somebody could be using it or loving it right now.
- From Organized to Last, by Porter Knight
Organizing Product of the Month
I live in Half Moon Bay, California - home of the annual Art & Pumpkin Festival - so I may have pumpkins on my mind a bit more than most people do. That got me looking for a pumpkin basket, and you'll see I found one. You might also want to take a look at the pumpkin wool felt bowls from Janies Lane, over on Etsy. And The Keeper's House has some lovely cloth baskets, including one in Halloween colors.
Organizing Blog of the Month
I recently discovered Small Notebook: Encouragement for a Simple Home, and I've become a fan. You don't need to consider yourself part of the Simple Living movement to enjoy this blog! Some recent good posts include:
Reuse/Recycling Suggestion of the Month: Two Seasonal Suggestions
The Organized Mom notes that her neighborhood is having a Halloween costume swap. What a great idea!
And Danny Seo notes that the Men's Wearhouse is having a suit drive; it runs through October 31, 2008.
Highlights From My Blog in September
There were 26 entries in my organizing and de-cluttering blog in September. Some of the most popular entries were:
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