Nothing helps me let go and get rid of stuff quite like getting bins of old crap from our parents.
One thing crossed off, two things added is the 'one step forward, two steps back' for list makers...
Just keep juggling!
I like to clean out. I love to organize. I get excited when a consignment-style shop gives me $6 for my old clothes.
But. Sometimes saying you're organized is easier than actually being-- or even harder: staying-- organized.
We look to a blog post, a magazine article, a Pinterest board, a Target end cap, for ideas. But sometimes fancy labels and trendy bins are failed organization attempts in disguise. A cute container does not an organized closet make. (In addition to organizing, I also like strange language patterns [nerd].) But really, it's true. This is just one of the topics that Laurie Palau covers in her new book Hot Mess: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized.
(I met Laurie a couple years ago through a mutual friend. I actually attended one of her Clutter Clinics-- read more about my experience here.)
My bills? Don't spark joy. My kids' homework? No joy. Q-tips? No.The boys' endless sporting equipment? While I love watching them play, the equipment itself does not spark joy. But all of these things are necessary. And the entryway, kitchen island, bathroom counter, and garage floor, are not the places these things should live (respectively. I guess. Although when something lacks a *home* who knows where it'll actually end up.)
Hot Mess (btw, cute title, right?!) approaches purging and organizing in a realistic, practical, and do-able way. Instead of trying to explain all the types of clutter, all the aspects of organizing, and all the pitfalls to avoid, I'm going to recommend that you read Hot Mess. If you're local to me, you're welcome to borrow mine, but I'd suggest getting your own (it's under $15 and on Prime and under $3 for digital download!). It's the kind of book you're going to want to refer back to. In the meantime, find a home for it on a neatly-organized book shelf ;)
Follow Laurie and Simply B Organized on Facebook, Instagram, and her podcast: This Organized Life
Hot Mess: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized was written by Laurie Palau, published 2017, zolopublishing, New Hope, PA
I have a full review coming soon, but this book is what we ALL need to start the year! Get it now for 25% off!
3 lip glosses, countless receipts, 3 loose Advil, a cough drop with a rubberband stuck to it, 2 pens, a single Tums tablet circa 2011(?), 9 bobbypins, a stretched out ponytail holder, 7 mints, a 5Below gift card, a thumbdrive, a tampon, and in case you haven't figured out where this was going by now...my wallet.
(Finally switching to a Fall bag, despite it still being 80 degrees!)
Pinterest continues to be a really good example of a really great idea that's really poorly executed.
Who knew a dishwasher could bring such organizational bliss 😍🤓😍🤓
(I swear the ROYGBIV spoons are just a happy accident!)
But WHY? Why would you of any of these?!
(And you think it's funny until the ruler or star ones happen on your kid's project and they have to start all over!)
But really, I think my blood pressure is a little high right now.
How many water bottles is too many for a family of 4?
<girl buried under a pile of waterbottles emoji>
With a love of children and a passion for reading and writing, Kelly decided to share her experiences with others through the pages of the Crib Notes book and site.
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