Organizing is not just about making things neat and finding the perfect spaces for things as this is something that constantly needs to be re-organized and re-arranged as new things are accumulated or circumstances change.Growing-Up Organized outlines the necessary steps in organization, teaching organization and maintaining organization in our busy lives (this includes teaching organization and assigning age-appropriate chores to your kids, moms!). Rest assured, organizing your home, the kid’s homework and chores does not have to be a project you dedicate your whole week of precious vacation to or that you procrastinate, because the task is too time-consuming or intimidating. Lea counsels to set aside 30-minutes at a time to work on small organization projects.
This book is packed with ideas, reminders, counsel and resources to get your house, kids and life to the level of organization that you need. The more organized we are the less time we waste looking for things, cleaning up after our kids rather thanwith them and the less money we spend on purchasing additional dressers, closets, or even buying a larger home, because you just don’t have enough space for all your clutter. And although clutter can be literal clutter comprised of piles of papers or mounds of things strewn across the floor, it is also all of those things you don’t need that need to be purged so you can effectively organize the things you love, need and use.
I almost purchased a cabinet this past month to put inside my master bathroom to have additional storage space, but this book reminded me to stop and re-assess if it was a need or another place to store clutter. I am currently sifting through the cabinets to see if I can cut down on the quantity of items currently stored there before making a purchase. I think I may be able to find homes for a lot of the things in other places in the home or garage, after all. This book has definitely gotten me “in a mood” and I am tackling one closet, dresser, box and room at a time. As busy moms we may also think we don’t have time to read a book, but this book is organized in chapters that can be read as needed for the space or topic you are tackling at a particular time.
I had the opportunity to do a Q&A with Lea about one of the spaces the book only briefly touched on: the garage. You can also check out sample pages of the book on her website,before and after photos of spaces she has tackled and purchase a hard copy on Amazon.com or an eBook on her website.
Q & A
1. I know that we can all use the basic formulas from your book to tackle other spaces like the garage. Assuming the first step is getting rid of everything that doesn’t fit into a LOVE IT, USE IT, NEED IT pile, what is the first step you recommend taking after that to tackle garage organization?