Even though I don’t have the summer off anymore since I left teaching, I still think of these steamy months as a time for relaxing and getting caught up on stuff I got too busy to do during the rest of the year. I also like the idea of having… more >
We all have one: the secret stash of stuff we can’t figure out how to classify, surreptitiously and unceremoniously shoved in a drawer, a box, or a bowl. Abashedly termed a “junk drawer” by most, the things it holds are anything but junk. It’s usually small stuff you need… more >
“I want to get organized/learn to knit/lose weight/see my friends more/take up butter sculpting, but I have to wait until I finish school/get a new job/have more time/have more money/have more energy/get over my butter-phobia.” Sound familiar? We are nothing if not masters at putting off things we know are… more >
If your workspace is cluttered and chaotic, many people may assume that you’re inefficient and ineffective (not true!). Clear your workspace of anything that you don’t use on a daily basis. Extra office supplies should be out of sight, with only a few pens, post-its, or paperclips in easy reach… more >
Start taking note of where you naturally drop things like your keys, cell phone, and the mail. Instead of letting it all pile up or get lost under other stuff, simply add an open container, like a tray or bin, to that spot. The visual boundary of the container will… more >
Ask yourself: “Would I buy this if it were full-price?” If not, don’t do it! You’ll end up spending money on something you don’t really need or love, all in the name of “saving money.” Instead, revamp something you already have, like plates you aren’t using, office organizers, or a tired lamp.
Put colored dot stickers on small kitchen appliances, tools, and dishes you don’t use every day. Remove the dot when you use it. After 6 months (mark it in your calendar!), if the dot’s still on, donate it. Give season and holiday-specific items up to a year.
For items or products that tend to get out of hand, designate a contained, limited space for their storage. For stuff like toiletries, label a small basket “hair” or “skin” instead of letting products freely roam and take over the counter space. Defining the space will help you enforce a… more >