|Before: the clutter just inside our usual entry|
Within two days, by making a real Home for our KWPGC, DH and I have made a dramatic difference in our lives. Not only can we always find our necessities, we enjoy the aesthetics of their new Homes.
Even though Mellen's approach calls for finding organizing solutions by using things you already own, I decided that a new shelf would be the best Home for all DH’s pocket things (including wallet and keys). I bought a lovely little shelf with three baskets in cubbies, and three hooks under the shelf for keys from Target. It’s the perfect size and configuration for DH. He has claimed it as his own, and has been really faithful with putting his things there as soon as he comes in the door.
|Added center cabinet with drawer|
|One shelf for purse and basket for things to take with me; |
another shelf for incoming mail basket.
The processing part mostly works: junk mail into recycle before it even comes into the house; and things to be filed into their basket. We just haven’t actually scheduled time for processing. In the book there is also a process for dealing with catalogs (which works for us), and magazines. Magazines are another issue (pun intended). As part of my “art supplies,” magazines have a life of their own outside the mail processing system, and I haven’t really got a good Home or process for magazines. I promised myself I would address the Home for magazines issue before the end of the month, but …
|MOST of my magazines (I think), gathered in one place|
The Unstuff approach offers practical, concrete things you can do right away to make life easier. Getting control of daily necessities took only small effort for a big benefit. That was a category that didn't have too much “stuff” (well, maybe magazines), and so it was easy to implement the “Home for Everything” and “Like with Like” rules. This first step was quick and easy to implement at this busy time of year and helped us get through the holidays without losing or having to hunt for daily necessities. In the past, I've found that trying to de-clutter or organize bit by bit doesn't work for me. In this case, however, taking this one small category of things and getting control of it was a brilliant first step.
Next up: from Unstuff, the kitchen; and from other sources, other compatible ideas. The journey has begun.
A Home for Everything and Like with Like… If everything you own has one home and only one home, it can only ever be two places… out being used or back in its home, awaiting its next use. – Andrew Mellen