by the editors of RealSimple
Whether you’re a neat freak (a place for everything and everything in its place) or a packrat (think Hoarders) The RealSimple Method to Organizing Every Room has something for you. As one might expect, this extensive manual for better living (or at least neater) is well laid out with easy-to-follow guides to decluttering and organizing along with ideas fo keeping it that way.
With advice including “do a little each day” and “stick to a strict ‘one in, one out’ policy,” The RealSimple Method… offers a step-by-step plan to deciding what should stay and what should go, where to donate and/or sell the stuff that goes, and how to get the family involved.
The areas of the home decluttered and organized include The Entryway, The Living Room, The Kitchen, The Dining Room, The Bedroom, Your Kids’ Bedroom, The Bathroom, The Home Office, The Laundry Room, The Outdoor Spaces, and even The Car. For those of us who have pets, Pet Areas are explored and cleaned up.
I found various concepts such as “Inventory Your Next Great Idea,” “Give Your Desk an Inbox” and “Buy a clock for your office…You’ll work through your to-do list in a more timely fashion.” very helpful in my own life. How many of us diehard creatives have mounds of paper, ribbon, stencils and other products lying around the edges of our workspace? The RealSimple Method… can be a great resource for getting a handle on this common malady.
The Bottom Line
Eleven very organized experts contributed to the development of The RealSimple Method to Organizing Every Room. They made sure to include solutions for small and large spaces and given reader tasks to complete in 5 minutes, one hour and over a weekend.
The RealSimple Method to Organizing Every Room is a publication of Oxmoor House, an imprint of Time Inc. Books, division of Meredith Corporation. Its list price is $26.99 but its available from various online retailers at lower prices.
Reviewed by Scott Pfeiffer