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Secrets of Getting OrganizedSecrets of Getting Organized

Secrets of Getting Organized Early Spring 2018

Secrets of Getting Organized digs into the step-by-step process behind getting organized. It features advice from published organization experts that includes tips and techniques to help you cut clutter, create manageable filing systems, and improve your home’s efficiency room by room. Real-life examples with problem-solving solutions along with innovative storage organizational products will help get you organized—and keep you organized.

País:
United States
Idioma:
English
Editor:
Meredith Corporation
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it takes a team

SOMETIMES YOU NEED BACKUP to clear clutter, as Senior Editors Samantha Thorpe and Brian Kramer learned firsthand during Meredith Corporation’s annual Rebuilding Together workday at East High School in Des Moines. Brian led volunteers through the process of sorting, editing, and setting up new storage systems in the sewing lab, shown here, while Samantha’s team streamlined the school’s food pantry. Next time you’re confronted with overwhelming disorganization, consider forming your own squad. Many hands truly make light work. PS: Visit rebuildingtogether.org to learn how you can help improve the safety and health of homes, parks, and schools in your community.…

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clutter cleanse getting personal bedside • dresser • purse

PRACTICAL TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL CLEANSE Our three-day Clutter Cleanse is all about focus. Focusing on one messy spot a day breaks the decluttering process into doable steps. The next three days are about the personal clutter you’re confronted with every day—your bedside area, your dresser, and your purse. Tackling these spots first will yield the biggest payoff for your efforts. Follow these tips for making your three-day Clutter Cleanse a lifechanging success: SCHEDULE YOUR CLEANSE. You make better decisions when you work uninterrupted, so block out 30 to 45 minutes on your schedule for each of the next three days. MINIMIZE DISRUPTIONS. Let your family know ahead of time when you’ll be busy. A consistent daily decluttering time helps everyone. Try doing the cleanse before your family wakes up or immediately after dinner…

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four clarifying questions

ONE DO I LOVE IT? Keep anything you truly love. You’ll always remember (and probably regret) giving away something you love. But be aware that keeping a beloved item might mean you must get rid of something else in order to make room. 2 DO I USE IT ? AND, IF SO, HOW OFTEN? KEEP ANYTHING YOU USE— AND START STORING THE STUFF YOU USE MORE FREQUENTLY IN THE EASIEST PLACES TO ACCESS. THREE DO I HAVE MORE THAN ONE? IF SO, EDIT DOWN TO THE BEST ONE. OF COURSE, HAVING MORE THAN ONE FLASHLIGHT MAKES SENSE IF YOU STORE THEM IN DIFFERENT, USEFUL PLACES. TWO WAFFLE IRONS, HOWEVER, MAY BE TOUGH TO JUSTIFY. 4 CAN I GET ANOTHER? IF YOU THINK YOU MIGHT SUDDENLY NEED AN ITEM OR IT COULD MIRACULOUSLY COME BACK IN STYLE, REMIND…

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1 day one bedside

ASK YOURSELF 1. HOW DO I FEEL WHEN I LOOK AT MY BEDSIDE AREA? Stand near your bed, then lie in bed. Your bedside area should make you smile and soothe your soul. If any item produces even a tinge of sadness, guilt, or anxiety, move it out of the bedroom (and perhaps your life) immediately. 2. CAN I BREAK WITH TRADITION? Matching nightstands and lamps are classic bedroom furnishings, but they don’t offer many storage options. Substitute pieces you already have—a small cabinet, a writing desk, an entry hutch, or a few bookshelves—on one or both sides of your bed. 3. WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE OPEN SPACES? Tame these often messy areas with baskets or bins that stabilize stacks of linens and clothing. Use baskets, bookends, and magazine holders to organize…

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2 day two dresser

ASK YOURSELF 1. WHAT DO I ACTUALLY OWN? A clutter-free clothing dresser begins with a thorough inventory. Empty the entire dresser and sort it all into piles. Put like with like on the bed or floor. Avoid editing at this point, which will slow you down. 2. CAN I FURTHER SORT MY PILES? Take another look at your biggest piles and sort and subcategorize some more. Tops might be further subdivided into tanks, tees, and long-sleeved, for example. Make labels as you work. 3. WHAT DO I ACTUALLY WEAR? Now you can start editing. Apply the “Four Clarifying Questions,” page 5, to figure out what to keep and what to let go of. 4. IS A DRAWER THE BEST PLACE TO STORE THIS? You may have better storage spots for specific types of clothing—or…

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3 day three purse

ASK YOURSELF 1. HOW’S THE BAG INTERIOR LOOKING? Dump your bag. Now. Before you start sorting any of its contents, examine the bag interior. Wipe it down. Repair any holes, tears, or snags. If the interior can’t be repaired or cleaned, it’s time to get a new bag. (And don’t even think of donating a ratty bag.) 2. WHAT’S ACTUALLY IN HERE? Sort bag contents into categories that are meaningful to you. Some typical personal bag categories include: wallet stuff, hygiene, cosmetics, hair care, weather gear, pet care, kid care, and electronics. Your categories will vary. Don’t judge or edit yet; just make piles that are relevant to you. 3. DOES IT WORK? Purses are notorious for stowing broken and damaged items. If you can’t fix it NOW, you probably aren’t going to.…

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