November 12, 2008

As Seen on Oprah

On today's Oprah, the Clutter Crew from HGTV's Divine Design, led by expert Peter Walsh, tackled some organizational nightmares. The show promised some inexpensive and easy tips to tackle the clutter in one's home and it did not disappoint. I was pleased to see him discuss some tips that I already use!

1. In your closet (and dresser), group like items so you can see what you have. I know many people who group their clothes by color, but I prefer to group them by clothing type (jeans, pants, sweaters, long-sleeved shirts, T-shirts, etc.). I find that I am searching for a specific color much less often than a type of clothing. For example, on a cold day, I much prefer to look in my closet and see what sweaters I already own than how many pink tops are in my closet.

2. Speaking of your closet, Peter suggests hanging all of your clothes on hangers the wrong way. As you wear your clothes over the next six months (or I suggest a year if you live in a city with four seasons like Chicago), you can hang them the right way. This is an easy way to get a visual of what you actually wear in your wardrobe (Peter says we wear 20% of our clothing 80% of the time, and while I'm not a huge fan of statistics, I'd say that one's pretty true for yours truly) and donate or sell what you don't wear.

3. Peter also talked about respecting your things. This means that everything should have a place and everything should be in its place. I can't agree more here. If you've ever seen my classroom, you'll know how crazy I am about organization - everything not only has a place, but it is also clearly labeled. I can't work in clutter. In college, I was physically unable to write a paper or study for a test until my room/apartment/house was clean. Mr. Walsh would say that's because your home reflects your life.

4. I do have one exception to the above rule: the junk drawer. Ever since I college, when I first had my own space, I've kept one drawer in my work desk, kitchen or even coffee table for the odds and ends that don't have a home. I think this works because a) I limit myself to only one drawer and b) I clean it out regularly.

Happy organizing!

1 comment:

  1. okay, christmas CARDS are one thing. they take time and effort and some people have lists millions of miles long. THAT i get.

    it's the decorations in early october that kill me. AND people were so complaining that the big, local mall still didn't have their decs up at the beginning of november!!!