Not everyone is blessed with the ability to juggle
household tasks and a busy life while moving through a room creating, not
chaos and clutter, but order and beauty. For many, organization skills do
not come easy. Those who aren’t blessed with the gift of organization are
left wondering how people are able to maintain a clean and organized home,
watch children, work at a job, enjoy leisure activities, and remain sane.
Organization can mean different things to different
people. To some, the idea of an organized home means that there isn’t
anything on the floor to trip over. To others, organization means there is a
place for every single thing, and everything is in its designated place.
It can be a constant challenge to maintain a clean,
organized environment — and even after clutter is conquered, there are
spouses and children’s personal habits to contend with.
Organization may be the bane of some people’s existence,
but the rewards are more than worth the effort. More organization and less
clutter will lead to a less stressful and more focused lifestyle.
There’s no time like the present to bring space and
serenity to the home or office. Messy rooms, disorganized closets, and
jumbled junk drawers add unneeded hassle to already hectic days. Learn how
to reduce the stress associated with disorganization and make long-term
changes in organizational habits. Before hitting the local bookstore, check
out the very informative selection of websites that are available with the
click of a mouse.
Online Organizing.Com (www.onlineorganizing.com)
The goal of OnlineOrganizing.com is to help visitors
reduce stress associated with disorganization, manage schedules and
environments, learn how to apply basic organization principles in their
homes, and make long-term changes in organizational habits.
Fly Lady (www.flylady.net)
Sign on for free to Fly Lady for daily emails suggesting
easy five-to-15-minute projects, ranging from chucking mateless socks to
cleaning out your handbag to throwing away owner’s manuals for appliances
you no longer own. Fly Lady maintains that you should never go to bed
without seeing the bottom of your kitchen sink. The philosophy here is that
organization is most easily achieved not through earthshaking changes, but
through a series of baby steps.
This website contains articles with great organizing
tips, strategies for closets and storage, household management, moving, and
solutions to make your busy life easier. There is also a thorough section on
how to get your kids organized and maintain some semblance of order in their
playrooms and bedrooms.
Real Simple (www.realsimple.com/realsimple/channel/organize)
Here you can find pantry checklists to help you stock
staples that keep the pizza-delivery boy at bay. There’s even a section on
new uses for old things, where you learn how aluminum foil can help you
iron, scrub, bake, paint, get a better TV signal, and more. With sections on
clutter-busting strategies and time-saving techniques, this is a one-stop
source for everything organizational.
Clean Sweep (http://tlc.discovery.com/fansites/cleansweep/cleansweep.html)
This is the website for TLC’s popular television show,
“Clean Sweep.” Episode after episode (with titles like “Lord and Lady Mess
Alot” and “Living Room of Lost Toys”), the Clean Sweep crew completely
transforms the chaotic and clutter-filled homes of those who sign up for the
show. The show’s website is filled with the handy tips and tricks used and
recommended by the experts on the show. You, too, can make a clean sweep!
Living A Better Life
This site is dedicated to helping families get organized
to save their time, money and sanity.
This site is a rich resource on how to get rid of clutter
from every part of your life — from the garage to your file cabinet to
Need some inspiration to get started? This online
shopping site sells everything from storage baskets to shower caddies to
Better Homes & Gardens (www.bhg.com)
The Better Homes & Gardens website has a multitude of
articles and helpful tips and tricks on how to keep your home clean,
organized, clutter-free, and in tip-top condition.
Sort It (www.123sortit.com/RO/index.html)
Here you will find very detailed tips and instructions on
organizing your home presented by room and project. Print out the room you
want to work on and go to it!
Here are “The 13 Rules” for getting control of household
clutter. Click on each for a detailed explanation and tips.