I recently finished reading Real Life Organizing: Clean and Clutter-Free in 15 Minutes-A-Day, by Cassandra Aarssen, which inspired me to write this article. I absolutely loved this easy-to-read book, and have found several of her suggestions to be very helpful. In fact, I agree with the author that learning to organize and declutter your home can really transform and energize your life.
No matter what type of clutter bug you may be ~ a butterfly, cricket, ladybug, or bee ~ Aarssen has tips to help you organize, and create a home space that practically maintains itself!
I think Aarssen sums up the key to organizing that I have certainly found over the years, throughout all my efforts to organize and de-clutter my living and work spaces, and keep it maintained: "If something is hard to put away, we probably just won't do it."
Whether we all have an inherently lazy aspect to our personality, or we just want to perform our daily living tasks as efficiently as possible ~ to free our time for other activities ~ I am a firm believer in arranging things so that even in our laziest moments, we have systems set up that are fail-proof.
It is super easy to accumulate things. It is much more challenging to let things go. If we want to be successful in life, especially as a Strong Spirit Woman, learning to organize and declutter can better help us realize our dreams.
There are so many great tips in Real Life Organizing, but what I also enjoyed was Aarssen's own personal stories of her journey to becoming more organized, especially as a mother of three kids running an in-home day care center. She has great suggestions for helping to finally gain control of all those toys!
She even has created systems that empower children to manage their own toys, with open bins of like items they can easily pull out and put away themselves. In fact, she has empowered her own children to keep their bedrooms clean, get their own bowls, plates, utensils, snacks, and then put it all away in easy to manage systems that maintain themselves once in place.
Here are a few decorative baskets and bins, along with the groovy chalk labels that Aarssen recommends several of the Clutterbug types to use throughout Real Life Organizing.
If you decide to get a copy of Real Life Organizing: Clean and Clutter-Free in 15 Minutes a Day, let me know what you think! Which strategies worked best for you?