When you’re disorganized, sitting down to read about organization can be the last thing you want to do. But while you might feel like the best course of action is to just attack that pile of junk in the garage with a sledgehammer or simply donate all the jumbled clothes in your drawers to the Goodwill without weeding out the keepers, take a minute to think things through.
Thoughtful organization is the only kind of good organization, and you can’t be thoughtful if you’re on a rampage. So before you lay a finger on that drawer full of odds-and-ends or go about rearranging all the cupboards, pour yourself a cup of tea and sit down for a little light reading.
Learn the best hints and tips for organizing first, then do the actual organizing later once you have a game plan mapped out. Check out these neat blogs and sites about organization; my personal favorites when it comes to learning a thing or two about how to keep a tidy home.
I Heart Organizing
Written by Jen, a mom of three boys, this blog is fun and instructional. She blogs with an eye not only toward organizing, but also toward style, showing you how to do fun projects that will make your home for beautiful as well as neater.
This is a top spot for practical tips and advice, such as “5 Tips on How to Declutter Your Kitchen.” I mean, who doesn’t need to know that?
The Clutter Diet Blog
This blog by author Lorie Marrero is for the visual learners, as she leans heavily on video tips on home organization and decluttering.
This blog focuses a bit more than others on tips for cleaning, featuring posts such as “Fall Cleaning Chore Checklist.” Blogger Cynthia Townley Ewer, author of House Works – How to live, clean, green and organized at home, offers a lot of expertise.
I’m an Organizing Junkie
Laura — a self-proclaimed “organizing freak,” head of a professional organizing business, and author of Clutter Rehab – writes this colorful blog chock full of great tips, including meal planning advice and storage ideas.
Productivity and time management feature heavily on this blog written by the owner of a Santa Barbara, California, productivity and organizing company. Posts feature advice on things like workflow and meeting preparation, but also on such homey topics as “tween and teen organization.”
This well-designed site with the tagline “live intentionally” aims to help you maintain a simpler home. Self-taught graphic designer and writer Tsh Oxenreider connects with her audience and makes organization and decluttering seem fun.
The Stow Company
This blog by the Stow Company, which manufactures such things as pantry and closet organizers and laundry bins, is appealing and informative, if a little dry. After all, you can never have too few ideas on things like “Great Garage Organization Ideas for Summer.”
This blog will tell you how to construct a simple and streamlined life. Especially helpful is the series of “Ask Unclutterer” posts that address reader questions such as “how do I cope with a messy shared office?” The blog’s editor-in-chief Erin Doland is the author of the book Unclutter Your Life In One Week.