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Bring Order and Purpose to Every Room in Your HomeGetting organized can feel like an impossible task. But it doesnt have to be complicated. The things you actually use need a designated home. The rest of the stuff is clutter and needs to be removed. Once youve determined which is which, order can easily be maintained.Let bestselling author Melissa Michaels help you get organized with these 50 helpful ideas.Gain momentum by making progress, not perfection, your goal.Make the most of your space and create a home that works for your family.Reduce stress by decluttering and keeping only the things you regularly use.Featuring more than 300 easy organization tips that address every room, discover how simple and stress-free it can be to restore and maintain order in the space you call home.



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Date de parution 03 avril 2018
Nombre de lectures 4
EAN13 9780736963169
Langue English
Poids de l'ouvrage 2 Mo

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Cover design by Nicole Dougherty
Cover Image Inna Ogando / Shutterstock
Interior design by Paul Nielsen, Faceoutstudio
Kids room photos by Cassie Kulp ( )
Published in association with William K. Jensen Literary Agency
Copyright 2018 Melissa Michaels
Published by Harvest House Publishers
Eugene, Oregon 97408
ISBN 978-0-7369-6315-2 (pbk.)
ISBN 978-0-7369-6316-9 (eBook)
Library of Congress Catalog-in-Publication Data
Names: Michaels, Melissa, author.
Title: Simple organizing / Melissa Michaels.
Description: Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House Publishers, [2018] | Includes bibliographical references.
Identifiers: LCCN 2017034555 (print) | LCCN 2017039053 (ebook) | ISBN 9780736963169 (ebook) | ISBN 9780736963152 (pbk.)
Subjects: LCSH: Housekeeping. | Orderliness.
Classification: LCC TX301 (ebook) | LCC TX301 .M49 2018 (print) | DDC 648-dc23
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1 Start SMART
2 Fashion a Fabulous Front Porch
3 Welcome Yourself like a Guest
4 Establish an Entry-Level Plan
5 Straighten Up a Small Space
6 Prep Your Purse
DIY Command Central Cabinet
7 Make a Mail Sorting Station
8 Make Memories
9 Question Everything
10 Identify Your Family/Personal Style
11 Repurpose Your Space If Necessary
12 Set Some Goals
13 Make Room for What You Love
14 Strike a Happy Medium
15 Power Clean and Establish a Routine
16 Arrange Areas into Task Zones
17 Deal with the Dishes
18 Figure Out Food Storage and Organization
19 Create More Space in Your Kitchen
DIY Under the Kitchen Sink
20 Delight in Your Dining Area
21 Simplify Mealtimes
22 Discover the Domino Effect
23 Eliminate Excess to Make Room for Style
24 Whip Your Wardrobe into Shape
25 Remember Your Routine
26 Put Your Closets and Drawers to Work
27 Create a Cozy Nest
28 Declutter Your Dresser and Bedside Table
29 Simplify with Organic Style
30 Streamline Your Cleaning Routine
31 Transform the Towel and Toiletry Supplies
32 Corral Supplies in Creative Containers
33 Consider Simplifying Your Cleaning Products
34 Pamper with a Personal Spa
35 Pare Down Beauty Products
36 Live with Laundry
37 Set Up a Wellness Station
38 Help Establish Orderly Habits
39 Introduce Housekeeping Routines Early
40 Streamline and Simplify Kids Stuff
41 Arrange Areas for Imaginative Play
42 Control the Clothing Situation
43 Set Up Kids for Success in School
44 Take Control with a Family Command Center
45 Establish a Place for Everything
46 Rotate Items Seasonally
47 Pare Down Paper Clutter
48 Set Up Stations for Specific Tasks
DIY Wrapping Center
49 Find a Home for Creative Supplies
50 Embrace a Mind-Set of Simplicity
Discover More Ways to Decorate, Dream, and Declutter
About the Author
Your home is your special place to live life. Whether you re living in your dream home or a small apartment, the same rule should apply to getting yourself organized: Make the most of the space you have.
Organization isn t just about setting up a storage system. It s about designing a home that truly reflects your family. By using pieces that are pleasing to your eye, you ll actually enjoy maintaining your space. The systems you select become a way to showcase your style and keep your home under control at the same time.
Best of all, as you organize your home, you also organize your life. You don t waste time searching for missing items. Your surfaces are clearer, so your mind feels clearer too. You re not afraid to entertain friends or neighbors. Your home won t be perfect, but that s okay. That s not the point. It will be presentable and comfortable and a place you re proud to call your own.
Tip: You can motivate yourself to further cleaning and decluttering by taking before-and-after photographs of your newly cleaned and organized area. Even if it isn t perfect, progress inspires!

As we journey through the spaces of our homes, beginning with the entryway, you ll begin to catch a vision of the best organizing plan for you and your loved ones. You may feel most at home with lots of empty space and room to breathe. Or you may be content with a cozy amount of treasures, wanting to be surrounded by a comfortable amount of stuff. No matter your preference, you ll learn to look at your home with a practiced eye, determining what you truly use and what you could do without.
After you ve cleared the clutter, you can establish some simple habits and routines that keep your home-and your life-well ordered and organized. Simple organizing is about making the most of the space you have and creating a home that works for your family so you can get on to the most important things in life! The things that aren t things at all. That s the heart behind simple organizing.
When you visit homes you love, what do you feel as soon as you step into the entryway? What says welcome? What do you want your guests-as well as those who live in your home-to feel when they step into your entryway?
The entryway sets the tone for the rest of your home. You can ascertain a feeling of calm or chaos right from the start. A tiny entryway can look larger with the right organizing plan, and even a large entryway can appear cluttered when there s too much stuff in the mix.
Entrances also dictate the tone of our coming and going. If coats and backpacks and keys are easy to access, we can head out the door with a positive attitude. But if we re scrambling to find important papers and searching for a matching shoe, we re not going to start off our day on the right foot. Maybe even literally!
With simple storage solutions and a look at the big picture, the entryway can set the stage for a feeling of order in the rest of the home. No remodels or renovations are necessary to get organized. Use what you have-that s a theme throughout this book-and make the most of your space. That s the best way to create a warm welcome.
Take a look around your home. Do your spaces look tidy, organized, and welcoming? Or do clutter and chaos take center stage? Don t worry if you answered clutter and chaos. You re not alone.
Every day we make choices that contribute to disorder in our homes. We put things down instead of putting them away. We fail to create designated spaces for our stuff. We put off picking up until the next day-and then we run out of time. And that s okay. We can t expect perfection every single day.
When you re not sure what to do first, set just one goal. When you re feeling wishy-washy or indecisive about what to do next, take one specific step. I recommend starting in your entryway-the space that visitors (and you and your family!) see when you first walk into your house. Then choose just one thing to improve or organize. It might be a pile of discarded shoes or a stack of mail or all the stuff you need to walk your dog.
You ll be successful in your organizing if you remember to let go of the perfect solution and commit to just a simple one. A foolproof way to do this is by setting goals that are SMART:

S - Specific: Get rid of the pile of shoes cluttering up the entry instead of simply lining them up over and over again.
M - Measurable: Pare down what is kept in this space, allowing only one pair of shoes per family member to be left in the entry.
A - Achievable: Find a storage system so you can keep the shoes in the entry but allow them to stay hidden.
R - Realistic: Don t set an unnecessary goal, such as designing an elaborate shoe storage system for multiple pairs of shoes per person. Fewer shoes and less mess in the entry is the goal, not more storage for more stuff.
T - Time Limited: Set a timeline for steps and completion, such as 30 minutes in the morning or afternoon.
Start with the entryway-and start SMART. Make a series of small, simple goals to kick out the chaos and get your home simply organized.
First impressions. Curb appeal. Opening statement. If you re accustomed to entering your house through the garage or back door, you might not realize the impact your front porch makes on your entire home. Pop onto your porch and take a critical look. Is the Christmas wreath still up-and you re midway through February? Is the main focal point a massive mountain of kids toys? Are empty pots or broken planters cluttering up valuable gathering space?
Prioritize organizing your front porch and giving your family and friends a little more room and reason to linger when the weather is nice. It s pretty incredible what eliminating excess clutter can do for adding a welcoming vibe. Even if your porch looks more like a small stoop, you can add curb appeal and function.
The best way to bring order to your porch? Get everything off it-plants, furniture, kids toys, mats, storage boxes. Sweep it clean (including around the frame of the front door),

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