by Clea Shearer
Read between April 15 - April 17, 2019
organizing a book is no different from organizing a space: You have to take inventory of everything you want in there, clean out what you don’t, sort items by type, identify how to make those items as accessible as possible, and then make the whole thing look nice.
always start the organizing process by paring down your items to the ones that are most used, most loved, and most important.
Here’s how the process looks at a glance: TAKE EVERYTHING OUT of the space you’re organizing (and we mean everything). CREATE GROUPINGS by placing like items together so you can see what you’re dealing with. PARE DOWN your belongings, getting rid of anything you no longer use or just don’t like.
Take a hard look at everything sitting in front of you and ask yourself, Are all these things worth my energy?
If you spot an item that is no longer serving you—physically or emotionally—it’s okay to let it go.
sorting items by color and organizing them by the spectrum of the rainbow. This is partially a design decision—things in rainbow order are pleasing to the eye—but it’s also an organizational tool. Our brains innately recognize this pattern, making it a natural scheme for making sense of where we put things.
Our tombstones will likely read, “Pantry perfectionists who were canister enthusiasts, turntable advocates, and women entirely committed to labeling all things.” We just really, really, really love pantries.
space that’s completely crammed with stuff is like the storage equivalent of loosening your belt after too many french fries. Even though you can make room, it doesn’t feel good, and it also compromises the integrity of the organizational system (and your self-esteem).