Top 5 Tips
ndrea Wolf offers advice
for getting started on your
own home and office orga-
• Pick one area to start. Don't
look at the overall picture, which
can be too overwhelming and
distracting. Focus on one project,
whether it's a drawer or a closet
or a room. Begin by emptying the
contents and moving them out
of the room into another area.
Everything looks different when
you have it out of its usual space;
it will start to look more like junk
and help you think about it realis-
tically rather than emotionally.
• Shoe bins. Shoes often get
scattered everywhere and rarely
get tucked into the individual cub-
bies that hang from a door or in
a closet. Place an inexpensive,
colorful canvas bin or basket in a
mudroom or foyer for a neat and
easy (especially for kids) place to
corral your family's shoes.
• Out of season, out of sight.
Label plastic bins intended only
for seasonal items (hats, gloves,
scarves and boots for winter;
sunscreen, beach towels, bath-
ing suits and bags for summer)
to keep in the basement to make
the seasonal switch simple and
repurpose your closet space. Also,
designate a specific space for
seasonal items. Once you have the
bins and spaces ready, the switch
can be done in five minutes.
• Plastic envelopes. They're
one of my favorite things. Keep
them inside magazine holders to
stash all the bits of paper and
photos that have no home. Each
category can have its own plastic
envelope. When it gets filled, it
can be tossed in a bin in the base-
ment. At least that way you know
exactly where to look for it when
you do actually need it.
• Stick to your list. Once you've
determined what you're keeping
and what you're purging, create
a shopping list and stick to it.
People impulse buy; they see the
pretty things and get them home,
and it just becomes more clutter
because they have no need for
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The office has very little
storage so Wolf made the
most of every inch by
categorizing every item
- from printer and photo
paper to notebooks and
notes made on scraps of
paper - and stashed each
category in magazine
holders and banker boxes.
Particularly if you have
your own business, keeping
track of receipts is a
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necessity. Wolf created
bins for each business and
category. "it doesn't have
to be neat," says Wolf.
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April 12 • 2012