Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Organizing Tidbits

Tip of the Week, Early May 2012

Here are some interesting, inspirational, and helpful organizing-related stories I've read on- and offline over the past month.

Spring Cleaning of a Different Stripe
The magazine Good devoted a month to daily email tips on spring cleaning, and they went far beyond the traditional cleaning routines and standard organizing projects. These were two of my favorites:
  • Better Ways to Sell Your Stuff--10 websites and services that can help you make good on your intentions to sell the unwanted, unneeded stuff that's cluttering up your closets and drawers. 
  • A Dose of Your Own Medicine--Tips on bringing order to your medicine cabinet, including how to decide what to toss, options for safe disposal, and recommendations on how to stock a first aid kit with the essentials. 
Get Real
Apartment Therapy is a website dedicated to all things home, including decorating advice, home tours, and how-to articles. Though some of the spaces they feature are too picture-perfect for my tastes, they often have down-to-earth articles with realistic advice. 

One recent article I loved (and can relate to, as our "guest room" is an air mattress on the living room floor) was Real Life Advice: Hosting Guests Without a Guest Room, which includes both straightforward tips (invest in a good air mattress) and reminders for things it can be easy to forget (have an outlet for your guests to use for recharging cell phones and other electronics).

Another Apartment Therapy article that caught my attention was 10 Snapshots You Should Keep in Your Phone's Photo Album, which suggests some of the best uses for your smartphone cameras. Two super-smart ones: take photos of the types of bulbs your light fixtures use so it's easy to replace burned-out bulbs, and snap shots of your prescription medications so refills are easier and you don't forget anything when your doctor asks what you take.

Well Said
Finally, two quotations I came across this month that have stayed with me:

"Creation is a better means of self-expression than possession; it is through creating, not possessing, that life is revealed." --Vida Dutton-Scudder, The Privilege of Age (I love this for its reminder that we're not what we own, but what we do and what we create in the world.)

"There are many trails up the mountain, but in time they all reach the top." --Anya Seton

Your Turn
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