Want to Get Organized? Start by picking up a Magazine

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Getting Organized

Today after a good but exhausting day of organizing with a client I finally got a chance to sit down and look at one of my favorite catalogs, Ballard Designs, which happened to arrive in the mail today.

As I perused the pages looking for ideas both for my own home as well as for my clients, I took note of the common theme on every page: NO CLUTTER.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with Ballard Designs, their catalog is filled with unique items for the home ranging from tiny nick-knacks to large scale furniture.

While I was flipping through the pages it got me thinking about various conversations that I have had with friends and clients about what they want their homes to look like.  Many people will pull out a magazine or a Pottery Barn catalog, point to a picture of a room and tell me that is what they aspire their home to look like.

Take a look at these home offices, for example:

Yes, there is plenty of functional work space, but in addition to the proper “equipment”, there is no mail plopped on the counter or post-it notes strewn everywhere.

Obviously no one’s home looks as perfect as a catalog, but with commitment, discipline and good organizational habits your home can come pretty close.

What many people don’t realize is that furniture and décor alone is not what makes a room so appealing; it’s the absence of clutter.
Tip: It’s ok to have empty space on your shelves-I even encourage it.  Allow your items space to “breathe” otherwise they are bound to get lost in a sea of disarray.

Trust me, I get it. It’s a tough concept to grasp; especially if you are used to filling every space within your home, but if you can make some simple changes the impact will be huge.

Laurie Palau

Laurie Palau is the founder of simply B organized and host of the weekly podcast, This ORGANIZED Life. She is a go-to Organizing Expert whose advice has been featured in The New York Times Parenting Section, Family Circle, and Home + Table Magazine. Laurie can also be seen sharing tips on the CBS Philadelphia’s Morning Show & WFMZ. She lives in Bucks County, PA with her husband, 2 daughters, and 2 dogs.

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