It might be not be immediately obvious why Order is one of my habits of bliss. I’m really not that good at it. I think about being organized, a lot, but from the time I was a little girl I just haven’t been very good at it. Ben Franklin put it on his list of virtues because he felt it would help him lead a better life. My reason for putting it on my list isn’t nearly so lofty. I just LOVE organization tools. I could vacation in the container store. I can walk up and down the isles for hours envisioning the beauty those magical things could bestow on my home.
I adore all the little boxes, baskets, shelves and gadgets designed to make my life run more smoothly. I routinely buy one or more of the cool things promising me the clutter free live I crave, but usually after a short test run my new tool ends up a part of some clutter pile, it’s majesty unrealized.
How about you? Do you have a fascination for organizational stuff? What tips or tools have worked for you? The one that has worked best for me is to have file boxes for my scrapbook stuff. I haven’t done anything scrapbooky for years but I have been keeping all the potential filler, photos, ticket stubs, brochures etc. filed nicely in a file box for when I do start again. When I have a craft area set up, when the garage gets finished, after I clean it out… oh back to the same old dilemma.
Today I thought it would be fun to take a little cyber tour of some sites that offer organizational expertise. If you know of any you think we should add to this list please let me know! (On Saturday we will be “Speaking of Order” and I’ll be collecting all our links there!)
Unclutterer a very informative site promising “Unclutterer is the website for home and office organization. It’s not just for the helplessly disorganized who would lose their heads if they weren’t attached, and pack rats looking to put their stashes on a diet, but also for obsessive compulsive neat freaks looking to squeeze even more order into their lives. We hope we can make getting and staying organized fun and informative.”
Organized Home is a site chocked full of great cleaning and de-cluttering ideas. While perusing this site I cam across an article entitled The clutter within: What’s your clutter personality? Finding out that I am a combo between a deferring and perfectionist clutterer I was given tips on how to break my cluttering cycle. Pretty interesting stuff!
Over at her blog, Carmen Coker promotes an organized “lifestyle” and while perusing a few of the articles I felt her ideas were very approachable. She says her blog “provides organizing solutions — tips, tools, products, websites, fun facts — all to help you find the motivation and know-how to get organized and stay organized.”
Laura over at I’m an Organizing Junkie has compiled a ton of useful information. She has de-cluttering contests and all sorts of motivational stuff. I was lost on her site for an hour before I knew what happened! I particularly like her Links Page which can easily serve as a definitive guide to all things organized.
OK with Laura’s link list there really isn’t any reason to give you any more! Spend a few minutes perusing the sites above and I think anyone would become motivated to start cleaning. Even me! I’m off to tackle my car now!
Have a great day everyone!