How organised is your home? Is your house meticulously tidy with a place for everything and everything in its place? No? Neither is mine, but despite appearances I would love my home to have a more streamlined style.
Over the last 4 years we have been renovating our house, and I have had to put my aspirations for a lovely organised home to one side. We are now through the worst and I have the huge task of going through all our ‘stuff’ and finding a place for everything.
I was asked to review ‘Organizing For Your Lifestyle: Adaptable Inspirations from Socks to Suitcases’ by Jane Stoller, and it came at just the right time.
Jane Stoller was born and raised in a small town in Ontario, Canada. Her love for organizing began as a child as she was often found happily lining up her pet cats, stuffed animals and books. Growing up, her passion for organizing shifted to all types of storage space with a special desire for revolutionizing closets! Coupled with her entrepreneurial spirit, Jane has shared her organizing skills with countless friends and colleagues.
Jane holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science and a Master’s in Business Administration from Canada’s top universities. She currently lives in Zurich, Switzerland and works in the construction industry.
This book has definitely helped and given me the inspiration to get more organised. The book is set out into chapters so you can tackle one area in your home at a time. The first chapter is quite general and I found it quite motivating. Decluttering definitely makes you feel better, and I totally agree that organisation helps to de-clutter the mind! I’m hoping when I’ve finished organising my home, that perhaps I will be more productive! We will see.
The remaining chapters tackle how to organise your wardrobe, bathroom, kitchen, books and even your suitcase. There are tips on how to store shoes and hand bags, fold clothes, categorise books and even how to store your herbs and spices.
“I’m constantly finding new ways to get and stay organized, and I love sharing these ideas with my friends and family,” says Jane Stoller. “This book is about sharing what I know and what I’ve learned from organizing my own life and helping others organize theirs.”
Jane (like me) is a fan of IKEA, and a lot of her tips and tricks are inexpensive and easy to adapt to fit into your own home.
I have already gone labelling crazy, and have purchased lots drawer dividers and storage containers for the kitchen. I have yet to tackle my wardrobe, but it’s on my to do list!
If you’re looking to streamline and organise your home, then I would definitely recommend this book for inspiration, motivation and ideas. My only criticism is I would have liked to have seen some colour photos, and a chapter on organising toys and the children would have been really useful!
So what’s your organising style? Take this little quiz to find out!
QUIZ – QUESTIONS TO UNCOVER YOUR ORGANIZING STYLE
By Jane Stoller, the Author of Organizing for Your Lifestyle
Choose the answer that best suits you.
When you open your closet looking for a crisp white blouse you:
- Can’t find your blouses
- Find your blouses mixed with other clothing items
- Find your blouses all in the same area of your closet
- Find your blouses ironed, sorted by colour and/or designer, and perfectly spaced to prevent wrinkles
Your shoe collection is organized:
- In no particular order
- By season
- By season and type
- In boxes and by season, type, and/or colour
How do you shop for clothes?
- With no particular item in mind, just browsing stores and being enticed by window displays
- Having an item in mind, but no particular stores mapped out
- Having an item in mind, with planned stores mapped out
- Knowing the item you want, and pre-contacting the store to ensure your size is available
It is the night before a big meeting:
- You wait until the morning to pick out your outfit
- You have an idea of what you will wear
- You have it narrowed down to three outfits
- Your selected outfit is clean, ironed, and laid out along with accessories and shoes for the morning
The first thing you do when you get up in the morning is:
- Pick your clothes off the floor from the night before
- Make coffee
- Brush your teeth
- Make your bed
When you open your calendar you see:
- Work meetings or your calendar is empty
- Work and personal appointments (personal items marked private, of course—to avoid your boss seeing when you have your monthly wax appointments, for example)
- Work items, personal appointments, and your gym sessions
- Work items, personal appointments, gym sessions, and blocked time for travelling to and from appointments
When you open your medicine cabinet you find:
- So many items that a few actually fall out, when you open the door and you always find something you forgot you had
- A messy array of products, but you always know where everything is
- A neat but overstuffed assortment of products
- A neatly arranged assortment of essential everyday items
You are going on a week-long vacation. How do you pack?
- Pack the night before, adding random items you think you might wear
- Pack the night before, adding items from a list of planned outfits
- Pack two days before, adding items from a planned list of outfits
- Pack two days before by opening your carry-on with already packed toiletries, and further pack selected travel items that you bring on every trip, adding a few carefully selected pieces that are planned outfits for your vacation days
What is the most exciting thing about spring for you?
- That you no longer have to wear your bulky winter clothes
- The beauty of blooming flowers and birds returning home
- A chance to plan more of your workouts in the fresh outdoor air
- The idea that you can spend a weekend spring cleaning and getting more organized! (I trust the humour is clear as I don’t want to seem judgmental—after all, how can you measure the value of birds and flowers against that of organizing?)
Mostly 1’s – Your carefree spirit often leads to disorganization, and you might not always be ready at a moment’s notice, as you won’t be able to find what you’re looking for. Plus, your habits cause you to have more stuff than you need. Continue reading as a first step toward a more organized life.
Mostly 2’s – You are close to being organized, but often still fall into certain disorganized behaviors. When you do find the blouse you want to wear, it might not always be clean and ironed, but at least it’s sorted with other blouses. Keep reading, and with some dedication, you’ll be on your way to improved organizing habits, and a decreased stress level.
Mostly 3’s – You are organized, but there is still room to improve. Your current habits enable you to find mostly everything, and minimize your stress. Although for the most part, everything has its place, sometimes you wish you could just go that extra mile, and get even more organized. This book can help you reach that next level.
Mostly 4’s – Congratulations! You have reached organizing bliss. You are an organized person, and it’s reflected in your polished presence. When you read this book, you’ll completely relate, and will most likely have many organizing tips of your own to share. Of course, no matter your personality, lifestyle, or where you call home, organizing can be a constant challenge. But it also offers lifelong rewards, and can contribute to both greater happiness and better health. Whether you’re an organizing newbie, or whether you already have the bug and some of the tricks, I’m confident you’ll find something to help and inspire you in the pages that follow.
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