The One Minute Organizer by Donna Smallin

One Minute OrganizerI recently bought  The One Minute Organizer Plain and Simple (500 Tips for Getting Your Life in Order) by Donna Smallin.

The One Minute Organizer is filled with easy to implement organizing ideas that deliver quick solutions to everyday clutter. The ideas are simply listed without the distraction of paragraphs to read through. There are two parts to the book:

Part One is Getting Organized, which includes sections on Getting Started, Cleaning Clutter, Paper Stuff, and Spaces & Things.

Part Two is Staying Organized, this section is divided into Clutter Control, Home Management, Schedules, and To Do’s.

The One Minute Organizer is a great quick reference book for those who want to slowly add organization to their daily routine. The layout of the book makes it easy to flip through and find tips for specific areas you may need help with. Just incorporating 1 or 2 tips a day can really make a big difference in your home.  The author does not promise overnight miracles but you will see a gradual improvement to your space with only 5 – 15 minutes of your time per tip.

Donna Smallin is a nationally recognized author and speaker on uncluttering, organizing, and simplifying life.

You can find The One Minute Organizer by Donna Smallin at Amazon.com

Uniquely Enhanced Spaces helps busy families eliminate the stuff that fills their home and stresses them out so that they can spend more time enjoying life. Professional organizer serving Lakewood, Long Beach, and surrounding areas in Los Angeles and Orange County. Call (562) 833-4577 for a free consultation.

- Posted on May 26th, 2012 in Blog

How to Start Organizing!

Have no idea how to start organizing your home?

The best way to start organizing is to stop thinking about it and just START. You don’t have to stop everything just incorporate organization slowly into your day. Here are a few quick and easy tips to start organizing your space:

  • Make a point to open and sort mail as soon as it is brought in. This eliminates a pile up of mail that could take time out of your day…time that could be spent doing something more fun.
  • Holding an object increases your attachment to it. When you are deciding whether to keep or toss items, have someone else hold them while you decide.
  • Give yourself permission to get rid of stuff you no longer use. Donate toys, clothing, and other items not being used to local charities. Instead of collecting dust in your home, they could be something new and exciting for someone else.
  • Set limits for how much of certain items you will keep in your home. For instance, paper and plastic bags, rags, empty containers, and craft supplies. Keep your limit and donate or recycle the rest.

It really does not take a lot to start organizing.  All you need is some motivation, a few good tips, and a space to start with. Spending a few minutes a day on a paper pile or a pile of toys will make all the difference in your space and it will motivate you to continue on with your next organizing project.

Uniquely Enhanced Spaces helps busy families eliminate the stuff that fills their home and stresses them out so that they can spend more time enjoying life. Professional organizer serving Lakewood, Long Beach, and surrounding areas in Los Angeles and Orange County. Call (562) 833-4577 for a free consultation.

- Posted on May 26th, 2012 in Blog

Getting Organized!

The New Year brings us hope, renewal, and a chance to do what we did not do last year. If you made any resolutions for the New Year (or still have some left over from last year), now is the time to go forth and accomplish the goals you set out to meet.

However, life usually gets busy with kids, work, and households to maintain and before you know it another year has passed. Adding a little organization to your life may give you the extra time to meet some of those resolutions.

Getting organized doesn’t have to happen all at once. Start by incorporating a new organizing tip every month or choose a small area to organize. Organizing is also not a one size fits all, so choose tips or ideas that you feel will work for you and your family. Give this new organizing idea or project two or three weeks. If you find that it is solving a problem and your household benefits from it, continue on. When you are ready, go ahead and incorporate a new idea into your daily routine or start organizing another area.

You will soon find that a little organizing here and there will reduce stress and save you time.

Just remember, getting organized does not mean you have to aim for perfection. You know organization is working when you are surrounded by less clutter, you feel less stressed, and you have more time to spend with family and friends.

Happy Organizing!

Uniquely Enhanced Spaces helps busy families eliminate the stuff that fills their home and stresses them out so that they can spend more time enjoying life. Professional organizer serving Lakewood, Long Beach, and surrounding areas in Los Angeles and Orange County. Call (562) 833-4577 for a free consultation.

- Posted on May 26th, 2012 in Blog
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