January 31, 2013
Organizing Book Review: Weekend Makeover: Take Your Home from Messy to Magnificent in Only 48 Hours!
I recently posted a book review of Weekend Makeover: Take Your Home from Messy to Magnificent in Only 48 Hours!, by Don Aslett, on Goodreads.
I was really impressed by the fact that Mr. Aslett doesn’t take the approach that many others do, which is if you buy more things to hold things, and come up with elaborate systems to manage your things, you will be better off. Rather, Mr. Aslett takes the tack that if it doesn’t currently bring value or pleasure to your life, you should get rid of it.
Now I grok that this is not always easy, and that we have tons of excuses for keeping our stuff, whether we need it or not. I am happy to say, however, that following his advice has helped me de-junk a lot of stuff over the past eight weeks or so. I now have a spacious, airy front room, that I enjoy sitting in. I can see floor in several spots in my bedroom that were buried for the last eight years.
I still have far too much stuff, and I am working on getting rid of it. Books are going out, through giving them away to friends, eBay, or Bookmooch, and I am looking forward to not having any of the books I have read, but will not reread, hanging over my head. I am also not planning to buy a lot of books going forward; rather, I will be reading the ones I own that I haven’t read, then getting rid of them unless they are relevant to my work as either a writer, knitter, or jewelry maker, or are cookbooks that I will use as we eat more of our meals at home. New books I want to read but will not want to keep will be borrowed from the library. I look forward to getting rid of records that I already have on CD, old electronics, and all the other crap that has been clogging up my life for years.
Yarnwise, I will work my way through my stash, only buying yarn if it is for a project that requires more yarn in one color than I have in my stash. I will be able to give clients a break on commissions if they choose a yarn from my stash, and I will be able to use up a lot of my stash developing designs that I can then sell.
I think that Mr. Aslett’s book has me more fired up to do what I want to/need to than any of the other books on the subject I’ve read, and I look forward to reading his other books.
As far as progress goes, the bottom of the closet has been divested of boxes, and the books from those boxes are now on shelves. The blue storage bins that were in the front of the living room are now in the closet, along with the coats (all on hangers), and the vacuum I was given when in the asthma study (and the vacuum is getting used regularly). The top shelf of the closet needs to be cleaned out, but that can wait until after the housefilk on February 10th. For the moment, the gloves, scarves, and hats are all in a shopping bag. My plan is that once the top shelf is cleaned up, I will get two clear, covered bins — one for Sue’s hats, scarves & gloves and one for mine.
What book(s) inspire you in your organizing process? What point in that process are you at? Are you getting more fired up the more space you find, or are you running out of steam?