The last few months, I have been focused on getting organized and cleaning out the clutter in my life. I’ve been taking things to the thrift store, passing on the good stuff to friends and family, and sold a few things on ebay. But getting organized is not a one-time event. It is a lifestyle that you grow into. Recently I had the opportunity to interview author Jane Stoller about her new book, Organizing for your Lifestyle, and ask her some questions about how to get organized in real life.
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Organizing for your Lifestyle – Jane Stoller Interview & Giveaway
This book didn’t take me long to read and gave me some great ideas for how I can get organized. Join me as I recap our interview!
About the Book
Whether you are single or part of a large family, live in an apartment or a mansion, incorporating organization into your life can help maximize your potential to accomplish more on a daily basis. This book is arranged (very meticulously, of course!) into common themes to help you organize your home. From the kitchen to the bathroom, Stoller shares ideas, advice and inspiration to help you lead a happier and healthier life. There’s also a special chapter for travel. Packing properly for a once-in-a-lifetime trip means you’ll stress less and be able to enjoy that trip even more!
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Interview with Jane
1. I know you loved organizing even as a child. Did your parents encourage you to be organized through chore charts, family planning sessions or did you just pick it up naturally?
My parents being Swiss seem to have the organizing gene. They were always very structured and followed routines daily. I did pick up naturally many other organizing ideas however the base definitely comes from my parents.
2. What is the one thing, above everything else, that you wish people understand about being organized?
That organizing is a lifestyle and it’s not a one-size- fits all. And, make it practical. If all your blouses are color coded but you can never find the right sleeve length, then switch it up. Make it work for your life.
3. What is the #1 reason most people live disorganized lives?
There are many reasons why people live disorganized lives, but not making it a priority can be at the top of the list.
4. Do you pack everything you need in a carry on or do you have to check luggage?
Carry-on! The best way to ensure you and your luggage arrive at the same time. Also packing less makes for a much more enjoyable vacation, not having to lug a large suitcase or unpack and re-pack.
5. We do a lot of family travel in the car and end up carrying around lots of electronic cords and gadgets. Any tips for simplifying or keeping up with all this gear that comes with teens?
This is a great question, with today’s tech gadgets that need to go everywhere with us I keep them in ziplock freezer bag along with their chargers. This way it is easy to grab and ensure that the charger will come along. You can also buy lots of different kinds of zippered pouches, some even with monogrammed names and cool slogans, but I find ziplock works just as well
6. Have you found that being organized helps you in other facets of life?
Absolutely! Being organized can help in every part of your life. I credit my academic success to being organized. Not being part of the elite group that can show up to exams and get A+’s I need to always plan my studying in advance to ensure the best results. This is just one example.
7. Being the organizing guru that you are, do you find that there is one area of your life that you just can’t get under control?
Organizing my closet is my passion but it is also my biggest challenge as it is always changing. From seasons to different articles I am always adding. I find that the closet is an easy spot to loose organizational control, especially since it is so easy to close the doors. I review my closet quarterly and am strict about donating/consigning clothes that I don’t wear. Having an open closet system will also help to constantly remind us to keep it under control.
8. Some people think it takes money to organize everything and they need to spend tons of money on gear and boxes. Can people get organized on a budget?
I think organizing can be ultra creative and many common household items can be used. In my book, I always try to give reference to simple organizing ideas that can be found in most households. For example, I find magazine holders, empty candle holders, and empty jam jars can provide plenty of organizing solutions.
9. Anything else you wish people knew about being organized?
That is can be fun! And you don’t shouldn’t have to think about organizing all the time, once you get into the organizing routine it will become a systematic
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