Here are some links to help us get organized. There is some good advice here and some plain talking. These ladies aren’t trying to sell us a product that will “help us organize”, they are just giving some good common sense. If you’re like me, you probably don’t need more space, you just need to eliminate or store the non-essential and clutter items that are going nowhere and doing nothing to improve your life or home. (And, by the way, if you have a reasonable size house to start with, you don’t need a storage unit to put this extra stuff in. Get rid of it or give it to someone who will use it! Why pay to store things you don’t truly need? And, if you really, really can’t part with something, buy a small portable shed – used, if possible – and store it yourself. It will save money in the long run.)
Stand Up and Move – Toss and Store – This isn’t the actual title of this article, but it’s the part I like best; maybe because it applies to me! :-)
Get Organized Part 1 – Who knew that getting organized could improve our quality of living so much?
Get Organized Part 2 – Where the rubber meets the road. Telling us what we need to hear. (The author has CFS, by the way, so she is not unsympathetic toward those who have genuine disabilities and encourages us to work in small increments.)
After reading some of these I got inspired to clean out under my bathroom sink and discard or give away anything that I wasn’t going to use or didn’t need, and to move at least one thing to a more logical location for storage. :-) That area had been bugging me because it was too full and cluttered. Since I want to move to more natural cleaning products it was a good time to eliminate things that I wasn’t likely to finish up. Too bad I didn’t take some “before” and “after” pictures. ;-) Later I may show some other projects I’ve been working on (the sewing room) or that I want to work on (the back bedroom).
And, lest ye think that my mess can’t be as bad as yours, here are a couple pictures for proof. (Don’t look at these in the evening. They might give you nightmares.) :-)
The back bedroom – dumping ground for various and sundry and sorting area for boxes not yet unloaded since we moved here. Though the pile has somewhat improved, it is still difficult the move around in there…
The sewing room (before the desk and machine were set up in there). This mess actually got somewhat organized and some of the things were put away or tended to; but, believe it or not, the mess in there is actually worse now than it was in this picture! Ack! (More later on that.)