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Secrets of Getting Organized

Secrets of Getting Organized Early Spring 2020

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.

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United States
Meredith Corporation
USD 6.99
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1 min.
editor’s letter

KEEP IT GOING WE ALL LOVE BEFORE-AND-AFTERS, but how do you keep the good of an organizing makeover going without slipping back to mess and muddle? In other words, what comes after the after? To help answer this question, Secrets of Getting Organized gives you two sets of tools. Throughout the issue you’ll find the strategies and products to get your spaces organized, as well as the techniques and motivation you need to keep them organized. Start with a perennial problem like incoming mail (“Clutter Cleanse: Paper,” page 4), step up to a pantry update (“All the Essentials,” page 22), and then clear out that messy garage once and for all (“Project Central,” page 78). Whatever project you take on, we’ve got your back before, during, and after. EDITOR, SECRETS OF GETTING…

13 min.
clutter cleanse: paper

MAIL • FILES • KID STUFF This edition of our Clutter Cleanse will bring order to your paper. Even tech-savvy people tend to hold onto inessential papers for far too long. Get ready to take charge of incoming mail, important documents, and all that stuff your kids keep bringing home. LEAD THE CHARGE. If you’re reading this and want to do something about the paper that’s cluttering your home, you’re probably the best person to initiate the project. CONSIDER HELP. Recruit help from your partner and children, but realize that successful decluttering requires a leader who will make decisions and establish routines to keep future chaos in check. A professional organizer, ideally a Certified Professional Organizer (CPO), can help set up paper management systems and keep decluttering on task. SCHEDULE CLEANSE TIME. Block out…

3 min.
open-and-shut case

INSPIRED BY STACKS OF PHOTOS and magazine articles, Jen Hochschild made storage a major priority in the redesign of her family’s home. “We have accumulated a lot of things over the years,” she says. “I like to display the items I either use every day or just enjoy looking at. The not-so-pretty stuff goes behind closed doors.” Jen and her husband, Lenny, worked with designer Jennifer Tidwell to optimize storage in every nook and cranny. Knowing that her client loves to cook and bake, Tidwell created custom drawers and cabinets in the kitchen. She designed big open shelves in the living room to display decor and outfitted the mudroom with practical hooks, drawers, and baskets to organize the family’s gear the moment they come home. The designer also took advantage of often…

9 min.
get organized before you move

I AM MOVING IN A FEW MONTHS. WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW TO GET PREPARED? PAT BERNABEI Develop a plan. Downloading a moving calendar is a good place to start. Begin with the moving date and work backward. Include time to declutter and pack, plus time to schedule contractors/repairs, an appraiser, and utility appointments as needed. Start as early as possible decluttering and packing nonessentials. JANINE ADAMS Decluttering is an important first step of the moving process. Even if you don’t feel cluttered in your current home, you need to take a hard look at your belongings and figure out whether there is a place for them in your new home. GAYLE GODDARD Start doing the decluttering now in small enough bites that it’s not overwhelming. Everybody picks up stuff and says I…

4 min.
a fresh start

MY LEAST-FAVORITE WORDS ARE SHOES, SHOES, SHOES. I feel like that’s all I ever talked about with my kids, Paul, 8, and Claire, 12, as we tried to leave each day. We’re all tall, including my husband, Kevin, so our shoes take up a lot of prime real estate by the door, inside our front closet, and near the built-in bookcases set right off the tiled entry. The black-rubber shoe trays I bought to contain the situation helped a little, but they look like they belong in the garage instead of by our front door. Our array of coats added to the mess, and then there were Zippy’s dog leashes to contend with. All of this clutter led to endless squabbles about “Where did you put it last?” I turned to…

4 min.
field notes: all the essentials

PROBLEM: PANTRY SHELVES WERE OVERFLOWING. Professional organizer Samantha Pregenzer culled extra bottles and jars, then grouped remaining items by category. Often-used broth, veggies, and condiments line up on shallow, 5-inch-deep shelves on the right-hand side; vitamins and medicines are tucked at the top (some in bins) so young children can’t reach them. Wider packages and boxes are on the deeper shelves of the left-hand wall. A little empty space stands ready for future purchases. PROBLEM: TALL SHELF OPENINGS WERE NOT EFFICIENT. “One of my favorite things to do is add shelves,” Pregenzer says. Easy to cut with a saw, melamine shelves (available at home centers) can be inserted on adjustable brackets. They are now spaced just tall enough on the left side to accommodate bins of snacks, lazy Susans for oils and vinegars,…