Stuff takes on a life of it’s own, doesn’t it? Just about the time you think you’ve gotten rid of all the extra stuff, you look around and discover that something else has sneaked in and put down roots. It’s a continual battle but here are some resources that will help you win the war on clutter and stay organized.
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Books to help you deal with clutter
Real Life Organizing: Clean and Clutter Free in 15 Minutes a Day by Cassandra Aarssen
Clutter Rehab: 101 Tips and Tricks to Become an Organization Junkie and Love It by Laura Wittmann
Letting It Go: Downsizing Your Way to a Richer, Happier Life by Peter Walsh (I have several of Peter’s books on my shelves – love, Love, LOVE them!)
Cut the Clutter and Stow the Stuff by Lori Baird (this is another book that’s on my shelf)
Decluttering and organizing are both required to keep your home functioning efficiently
Now I admit that I’m an information junkie and am always looking for new tips and tricks to get my act (and house) together. But I also need practical items to help organize the items I do need to keep and that I use regularly.
I view the process as two-fold: you have to be constantly aware of what you’re bringing in to your home to keep it from getting cluttered and so full it’s bursting at the seams, but you also have to keep it organized and tidy so that you can find what you need when you need it.
Products to help you stay organized
Purse organizer insert – I discovered the power of a purse organizer several years ago. There’s nothing more frustrating than rummaging around in your purse looking for something that’s gotten buried. With one of these organizers, there’s a place for your cell phone, wallet, and other essentials. Stop digging and keep that purse organized!
Greeting Card Organizer – I don’t know about you, but I hate having to run to the store because I need a sympathy card or because I forgot my sister-in-law’s birthday (again!). So I stock up on cards once or twice a year. I buy a variety so that I’ve got cards for birthdays, baby showers, weddings, and to express sympathy. I’ll show you the homemade version I use in my upcoming ebook. This one is great, but I’m a frugal girl at heart and I like to customize mine to the particular cards I send.
Car Trunk Organizer – I also dislike hearing things roll around in the trunk of my car (or in the back of the minivan when that was what I hauled kids around in). An organizer helps keep those emergency supplies – and anything else you keep with you – together so you can find what you need without having to practically crawl in the trunk to find something that’s shifted all the way to the back corner.
Kid’s artwork frame – This frame lets you easily change out your child’s latest masterpiece! We want to encourage our children’s creativity and let them know their work is special. This frame lets you display their art while keeping it looking nice on the wall. No more need to turn your refrigerator into an art museum. When the frame is full, take out the art and sort through to decide what to keep or toss (your child won’t even remember the older pieces so it’s okay!).
As far as I’m concerned, a planner is the ultimate tool for keeping you organized. I could not live without mine! I not only track appointments, I keep lists, decide and schedule daily tasks, keep my editorial calendar. I turn my planner into my brain so that I don’t have to store everything in my head. I’ve used a weekly/monthly planner and I’ve used daily planners. Frequently, I’ve used one of each at the same time depending on my needs. I’m currently using the 2-page per day refills from Franklin Covey. The choice of a planner is very personal as far as I’m concerned and I’ve been known to spend an hour in the office supply store considering all the options.
Keep your kitchen and laundry room organized
Magnetic Dry Erase Calendar – If you don’t have room for a “command center” then this one will attach to your refrigerator. You can use it to plan your meals, keep track of appointments, you name it. While I think that a command center is ideal, if you don’t have the space this is a good alternative.
Rolling dog food container – We have used a container like this to hold dog food. The lid clamps down tight so you don’t have to worry about critters getting in and it can sit in a corner where it’s convenient yet out of the way. I wouldn’t suggest this as a way to store your dog food outside because the lid isn’t fully airtight, but for indoor storage it’s great.
Closet and bedroom organization
Over the door hanging shoe organizer – I use these everywhere. I currently have one on the inside of my pantry door and on the door in the living room closet. I’d have them everywhere else if I didn’t have mostly pocket doors in my house. Before we moved I had one of these on each bathroom door and on the door of the linen closet. I’ve used them to hold winter gloves and scarves, cleaning supplies, extra toiletries, you name it. These make great storage space out of otherwise wasted door space.
I sent one of these with my daughter when she moved into her dorm room. This hanging closet shelf gave her some flat space for items like sweaters and purses. When it was time to move her home, it collapsed for easy storage until she needed it again (which she did when we moved her into her first apartment).
Products to organize your bathroom
Over cabinet hair tool storage – Where to put a hot hair dryer or styling tool has always been a problem for me. This holder gets those appliances out of sight and where they’re not going to burn something while they cool off.
Cosmetic carousel – I’ll admit that I prefer to have cosmetics out of sight, but sometimes that’s just not possible. A shortage of drawer or cabinet space sometimes necessitates that things be out in the open. When that’s the case, it helps to keep things from looking so cluttered if they’re contained – or if they have a “home”.
I think this will be my next organizing purchase. I’ve got a cabinet door where this magnetic strip can be mounted to hold tweezers and manicure tools.
I have this container to hold cotton ball and swabs and I love it! It’s sleek, functional, and keeps them from getting nasty.
We don’t automatically think about needing charging devices in the bathroom, but many of us have more electrical devices here than we realize. This wall outlet organizer gives you a place to keep the electric razor and toothbrush without having cords all over the counter.
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And just in case you’re wondering why you should go to the trouble of getting organized, my friend Sherry at Beautiful Southern Life has taken a look at several studies on how clutter is tied to our health. Both our physical and mental health are negatively impacted when clutter is out of control.
- 11 Signs You Have Too Much Stuff (and what to do about it)
- The Critical Question to Ask to Get Rid of Clutter
- 6 Mindsets That Keep You Buried In Clutter
- Lessons Cinderella, Ariel, and Mary Poppins Can Teach YOU About Organizing
So, what area of your house is the hardest to keep under control?