Confession: I am a self-help junkie and love reading books that will help me become a better person inside and out. Today I am reviewing the book, “Organizing for your Lifestyle”, from Jane Stoller.
This book is filled with decluttering and organizing tips that will bring some peace and calm into your life and save you some money too! (Yes, I love that part the most.)
I found it very interesting to read about the science to creating an organized lifestyle outlined by a single, young woman from another country that likes to travel for both business and pleasure. She has tips for organizing your home as well as your suitcase.
Surprisingly, although our lifestyles are extremely different along with our budgets, we have both moved several times and learned the art of adapting and creating an organized home regardless of the space constraints. Using things like combination boards from Office Monster can help to keep your home in check thus enabling you to keep on top of any jobs that need to be done.
I really enjoyed Jane’s insights behind the science of getting organized as well as her tips shared throughout the book. I have already incorporated a lot of her ideas into the organizing activities happening in my home. I was slightly disappointed that she left out a section pertaining to the living room which is the epicenter of my home where we spend most of our time. It’s the one spot that gets the most disorganized however, it will be easy to take ideas from other sections of the book and adapt them into a plan of my own.
Decluttering and Organizing the Closet
Jane’s book has a whole chapter dedicated to designing and organizing closets. Unlike her $10,000 dream closet, lack of funds was definitely why I was able to complete a $100 room makeover challenge that really stretched my imagination and my limited budget.
With my $100 budget I chose to makeover my master bedroom closet and I was well under budget because I used what I already had and shopped my house for supplies and accessories.
Here are some great tips for organizing the closets in your home.
Decluttering and Organizing the Pantry
My pantry was a total mess and I had an unknown problem with buying pasta because I never knew what was in the pantry. Each week I would toss another box of pasta into the shopping cart and suddenly I had 18 boxes of pasta in the pantry.
I did a complete pantry makeover and spent a whole weekend decluttering and organizing this ridiculously tiny closet that serves as our pantry. Just like Jane mentioned in her book, being organized will save you time and money and I have seriously saved some money by getting the pantry and my grocery list organized.
Here are some more tips for organizing your kitchen and pantry.
- Easy DIY Drawer Inserts – Sawdust Sisters
- 5 Organization Ideas for Small Spaces – Marty’s Musings
- 9 Tips for a Cleaner Kitchen – The Busy Mom Club
- Quick Clean Up with An Organized Kitchen Sink – Small Stuff Counts
- How We Organized Our Small Kitchen Pantry – Kitchen Treaty
Decluttering and Organizing the Bathroom and Linen Closet
Jane’s book has motivated me to take on the task of organizing my master bathroom and the dreaded linen closet. Here is my project checklist and I will come back and update as each item is completed.
- sort through towels and add thin, stained towels to the rag pile
- sort through old make up and throw it away
- sort through the medicine cabinet and get rid of expired meds
- organize under the sink and get cleaning products in order
- organize hair products, lotions and stock piled toiletries
- organize blankets, sheets and pillow cases
Here are some other ideas for decluttering and organizing your bathroom and linen closet.
- Got Your Sheets in a Jumble – Lisa’s Design Life
- Printable Linen Closet Labels – Occasionally Crafty
- Organizing the Bathroom – Exquisitely Unremarkable
Don’t Be Overwhelemed by Decluttering and Organizing
For those of you completely overwhelmed by the thought of where to start my advice is to focus on one room at a time and break it down into smaller projects that are easy to manage. If you have little, quick success projects it will help you maintain motivation to see the project through until the end.
Hopefully, these ideas will motivate you to get started with your decluttering and organizing projects.
- Purge Like a Reformed Hoarder – Pinkfortitude
- 7 Simple Habits of an Organized Mom- The Busy Moms Club
- Declutter: What to Toss, Donate, Recycle, Reuse and Sell – Simple, Organized Lifestyle
- 15 Things to Get Rid of RIGHT NOW! – The Project Pile
- Declutter and Purge – Upright and Caffeinated
- Declutter Your Home Painlessly – The Usual Mayhem