July/August 2008 – Volume 7 No. 7

Tips & Inspiration for Organizing a Simpler Life

“Not what we have, but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.”
–John Petit-Senn, Swiss-French poet

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“Spend less, get more” home storage and organization ideas With high food and gas prices to contend with, money is tight. But you don’t have to spend a fortune to get organized. Here are just a few clever, yet inexpensive ways to organize your home.

You may not be able to splurge on a custom closet with a built-in jewelry drawer. But you can purchase jewelry tray inserts that you can place in a drawer. Or use a set of plastic ice cube trays to store one pair of earrings or one fine chain per cube. Arrange side by side or stacked in a drawer.

Eliminate the need to buy more book shelves to store books and DVDs – and save money — by borrowing from the library or renting. Online services such as Netflix.com and BookMooch.com make this even more affordable.

Use microfiber cloths instead of paper towels to clean mirrors and other hard surfaces and eliminate the need for other cleaning products. Just wet, squeeze dry and wipe for a streak-free shine. Bonus: microfiber cloths are washable and – unlike paper towels – take up virtually no storage space!

Re-use the zippered plastic packaging that comforters, linens and pillows come in as storage bags for off-season linens and clothing.

Men want space of their own

Most American men aged 21-65 with at least $50,000 household income (59%) believe it is very important to have a “man cave” in their home.

Some seven in 10 men say they would choose to build (or have already built) their own man cave, compared to 4% who would hire someone to build it.

Of those who have one, 67% go there to work on hobbies, while 37% watch movies and sports. The top five items men desire in their caves are a flat screen TV (78%), computer (70%), tool bench (69%), surround sound (66%) and a refrigerator (47%).

Source: Saurage Research, Inc., Key Findings Newsletter May/June 2008

Survey Results: Misplacing Stuff Last month I asked: What is the ONE thing you most often misplace?

As promised, here are the results of that survey. . .

16% said: Cell phone 19% said: Keys 11% said: Remote control 13% said: Pens or pencils 5% said: Bills to pay 0% said: Checkbook 1% said: Wallet/purse 28% said: Other

Overwhelmingly the most misplaced item in the “other” category was eyeglasses. Other items included receipts, slippers, coffee cup, and chapstick.

New Survey: Storing shoes How do you store your shoes?

a. Shoerack b. Shoeboxes c. Hanging shoe bag d. Shoe cubbies e. Basket f. Other (please specify)

TO RESPOND TO THE SURVEY, send email to editor@unclutter.com with the word “Survey” in the subject line and the letter that corresponds to your answer. Feel free to add comments in the body of your email. I love reading them!

As always, I will share the results of this survey in the next issue.

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Smart Readers Write About: Recycling tissue boxes I have a few good uses for recycling empty tissue boxes.

1.You can use them to store all those plastic shopping bags from the supermarket. They are both decorative and functional. Store the boxes anywhere where you would need to use a shopping bag for a trash bag, or whatever (near small trash cans, the changing table, in the car, etc.)

2. You can put an empty one on your dryer to catch the lint you remove from the dryer lint screen. When it gets full, just toss it.

3. The empty boxes are also good for storing clothes pins or other miscellaneous items that seem to have no home.

–Submitted by Sarah L., August, GA

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Got books? If you are looking for more organizing tips, look for The One-Minute Organizer and Organizing Plain & Simple in bookstores everywhere (including online bookstores) and in select Target, K-Mart, Discovery Channel, and Storables stores.

For nitty-gritty cleaning tips and techniques, look for Cleaning Plain & Simple in your local bookstore. If they don’t have a copy, please ask them to order one! For quick tips, look for The One-Minute Cleaner, an abridged version of the big book.

If you feel a need to simplify your life, check out Unclutter Your Mind: 500 Ways to Focus on What’s Important.
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That’s all for this month. Until next month, keep it simple.