Please help me learn to organize my stuff
July 21, 2010 6:17 AM Subscribe
Please give me advice/books/websites/etc that will teach me how to organize my stuff.
posted by giggleknickers to home & garden (30 answers total) 70 users marked this as a favorite
I grew up in the messiest family ever and have lived with everything in piles since I was a child. I would like to change this, but I really never learned how. I dig the idea of "Everything has a place and everything in its place," but I'm clueless on how to implement it.
Every time I get down to cleaning up the mess, I just don't know where to put everything. I bought a bunch of storage furniture from Ikea, but it mostly just stands there empty because I don't know how to arrange the stuff to go inside it.
I have looked up websites (like Flylady, marthastewart.com) and bought some books (Organizing for Dummies, Organize Now, One Year to an Organized Life). All of these resources have one thing in common. They assume you already know how to organize your stuff, and just need to get around to actually doing so. For instance, I did the "Beginner Baby Steps" at Flylady, and then I got to the point where I'm supposed to clear off a "hot spot" (an area of the home that attracts a lot of clutter) and it just flat out told me to do it, like I should know where everything goes and just need someone to tell me to put it there.
I don't need a website to tell me to put things away. I don't need help getting motivated. I don't need help with "negative voices." I don't need to learn to let go of things I don't really need. I need something to help me figure out where everything goes.
It's pretty much the same with all the other resources I can find. They all tell you to go around the house with a bag labeled "trash," a bag labeled "donate" and a bag labeled "put away." That's easy, but then they never tell you what to do with the stuff in the "put away" bag.