Blog: An Organization Diet -- Lose the clutter and drop the weight
Family Room Fix up
This was a great week for me. I always feel better when I get a chance to chip away at some of my own household clutter. You know, finally dumping all those little clutter items taking up space in our household drawers. It really is empowering and energizing for us when we open up those little spaces within our home and actually find what we're looking for. I have a lightweight folding banquet table that I store out in the garage. On occasion, throughout the year, such as a craft project or a de-cluttering mission, I set it up in my family room and use it as a sorting table. For this week, I brought over one kitchen drawer at a time and dumped contents on the table, sorted items, re-arranged, re-organized the spaces and threw much of it right into the trash. My kitchen feels lighter. In a way, I even feel lighter. Remember, there is a direct correlation with our clutter to our weight. I think we are really on to something here! If you've finished up your kitchen drawers and cabinets…it's now time to move on to this week's Organization Diet assignments!
Week 10 on The Organization Diet moves us into our family/living room areas of our home. On this week's pit stop project card, write: Family Room Clean up. Walk into your family room and look closely. What most needs your attention here? Start with the obvious…old newspapers, old magazines and catalogs stuffed into the magazine rack, DVD's, old videotapes stacked in your entertainment cabinet, kids toys perhaps scattered about and so on. Pick an area of the room or a particular furniture piece to begin clearing…the coffee table, side table, open shelving, the entertainment cabinet…and plan on working on one a day each day this week until they are cleared out and sorted properly. While you are at it…dust them off, wipe or wash as needed, as a kick off to this year's spring cleaning. Invest in some color coordinating magazine bins just for those magazines you use as reference and need to keep. Check out my personal line of magazine storage bins, 'Blooming Bins' in the online shopping section of this website. I call these handcrafted floral designed bins… "organizing with elegance", and who can't use a splash of elegance into their family room?
The clutter critter to exterminate this week is all those old or unlabeled videotapes crammed into bins, shelves and drawers. Assess the need to keep these videos with how often your family uses videos vs DVD's these days.
Don't forget to carry your 18 daily base cards you need to accomplish every day on this program. Put them out on your kitchen counter in the morning (or carry them in a travel envelope to work) and put them away one at a time as you accomplish the assignment on each card!
If you're enjoying this program and especially if you are seeing and feeling some positive results, you might want to check out a copy of my first book, SIMPLE STEPS
: 10 Weeks to Getting Control Of Your Life
at your local library, bookstore or through www.onlineorganizing.com. The concept is similar but deals with other aspects of our daily life: nutrition, fitness, organization and spiritual nurturing. Also, be sure to post comments here on my blog page and/or drop me a line at . As you know, I am doing research for a book I'm working on and would love to hear your comments, ideas, success stories, and suggestions. Keep those letters coming! Till next week…Happy Organizing!
posted on: 3/11/2008 12:30:00 PM by Lisa Lelas
category: Special Populations
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Lisa Lelas is an author, life coach, professional organizer and speaker on the subject of simplifying, enhancing and organizing one's life. The owner of Life Styling, in Guilford, on the Connecticut Shoreline, Lisa has been featured on Oprah Winfrey, the Today Show, NBC news, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal and more. She is the creator/host of the country's first daily talk radio feature "The Organizing Minute" and has come to be known in New England as "the organizing lady" from her many regular segments on local TV network affiliates, radio & the press. Lisa is the author of the bestselling 'Simple Steps: 10 Weeks to Getting Control of Your Life', 'Simple Steps for Every Holiday', Simple Steps Audio-book (6 CD set), an all new Simple Steps wall calendar 2008, and creator of a retail line of floral hand painted and collaged organizing bins called 'Blooming Bins'. Lisa lives in Guilford, CT with her husband, John, two daughters, Lindsay 10 and Lexy 8 and her very spoiled, very cute maltese dog, Daisy!