ISN'T THAT CLEVER? weekly tips to use the stuff you already have to organize your life
What happens when The Stuff Whisperer is stumped? She asks Mr. Stuff Whisperer!
A few days ago, TSW was out on the range, wrangling stuff in a client's home. The stuff was being a bit ornery.
My client needed a lightweight whiteboard hung up onto drywall. None of the picture hangers I had would work, as she would be writing on it. I was at a loss.
Then it occurred to her to call for back up. She brought the whiteboard home.
My hubby's a carpenter, so I showed it to him. He just grinned and asked me to bring us both a can of root beer!
Then Mr. Stuff Whisperer proceeded to make hangers out of two pop tops.
ISN'T THAT CLEVER
weekly tips for using the stuff you already have to organize the life you want
If you've ever bought a craft or office supply to help you get organized, but never used it, then this feature is for you. You're not alone, either--at some point, most of my clients sheepishly hold up an empty color-coded accordion file with categories that seem to be useful printed on the tabs, and explain "You see? I had good intentions..."
You may have already encountered the advice that says you should sort your stuff first, then go shopping. But its hard to resist the brightly colored do dads beckoning from the shelves with promises of beauty, order, and a room worthy of a Martha Stewart Living photo shoot. Meanwhile, your place looks more the "before" pictures on Hoarders. If only organization could actually be purchased off the shelves of Wal-Mart.
Where has the Stuff Whisperer been? Thanks to you, whispering to an unprecedented amount of stuff! She thanks you for your business and asks you to bear with us as we ourselves get organized behind the scenes here at thestuffwhisperer.com. Check back Saturday, June 11th. We should have a new post up by then. -Staff
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As I promised in a tweet a while back, I'm going to share what I learned when I lost my wallet recently. I suspect
loosing one's wallet is kind of like loosing one's hard drive...
it's more or less inevitable,
so the more prepared one is for this eventuality, the less painful it will be. Fortunately, I was somewhat prepared.
The first advice I heeded was:
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I have often read the advice to the busy that one could declutter in minutes stolen from the day... and I finally tried it, for the first time. I was making dinner, and waiting for the salmon to grill, which takes about 20 minutes. I was putting away my tin of Greek Seasoning, when I noticed that I had another one, even bigger, hiding in the back of the spice shelf.
Dear Hubby (DH) and I have decided to do some much needed home maintenance: painting the interior, putting in new rugs, and cleaning, painting, and staining the deck. In the process, we have also decided to do another "round" of decluttering. Since learning about decluttering almost ten years ago on OrganizedHome.com, I have done many rounds and become an avid fan of it, and I have found that it is an ongoing process. One because I keep bringing new things into the house, and two because every layer of decluttering I finish reveals new levels of distinctions in the remaining items between stuff I love, want and need, and stuff I don't.
This month I will be focusing on decluttering, organizing, and setting up systems so that I can either stimulate or sooth my senses. I hope you'll find one or two things that you can implement in your life to make it more pleasing. It's a gift that you can give yourself, friends and family.
Today I am thinking about Valentine's Day, and doing some things to prepare for it. Valentine's day reminds us that love is a sensual experience--one that heightens all of our senses. Pleasant sensations regulate our brains, lifts our mood, and reminds us of the simple joy of being incarnate. I invite you to put aside some time this week to pamper yourself. And it's a great way to set the mood for romance.
about Liz Logan
I'm a professional organizer in Atlanta, fighting the good fight on my own home front and sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly.
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