If you’ve just purchased a home in Chicago, putting all your “stuff” away is something you’re most likely not looking forward to, but it’ll keep you entertained in this weather. Unpacking boxes and then finding a place for everything can take a while.
The good news is that if you make a vow to get organized now, instead of promising to do it later, it will make the unpacking a lot easier and we’ll set you for comfort in a clutter free home.
Home organization isn’t just for new homeowners, however. In fact, the longer you’ve lived in a home, the more you most likely need a little help in getting things sorted. Here in Chicago, we have our very own Erin Kelly, organizer extraordinaire. Check out her website and book her, she’ll make your home your sactuary of organization.
For those of you that rather read about organzing and have not yet made the leap to calling Arrange By Erin, here my favorite organization bloggers. It wasn’t easy choosing “the best” home organization bloggers but we found two criteria that helped us whittle down the list: the blog must be primarily about organizing (recipes and decorating tips tolerated, but not if they dominate the blog) and the blogger must actually BLOG at least once a week.
With a little input from friends and clients, we give you our list of 3 of the best home organization blogs on the internet.
It apparently takes a village to produce the Unclutterer blog and, judging by the volume of posts every week, we get it.
Canadian Jacki Hollywood Brown is the woman in charge and writes from Winnipeg, Manitoba. The site also has an editor at large, Erin Rooney Doland, in the D.C. area and a staff of writers.
You’ll find advice here from how to organize just about everything in the home, from prescription medication bottles to books, computer data, closets and more.
We love this post, with brilliant advice on speed decluttering (breaking the task down into five, 10 or 15 minute sessions).
Canadian Laura Wittman is a self-professed “organizing junkie,” while many of us can be described as “clutter junkies.” If the latter describes you, this is your new favorite blog.
Laura and staff not only offer up brilliant solutions for decluttering but helps us dig deep into why we hang on to so much stuff and why we’re so disorganized.
You know those nights (at our house it’s almost every night!) when you can’t figure out what to make for dinner and when you finally hit on something, you’ll need to head out to the market for missing ingredients?
Laura fixes that for you by not only advising that you create a weekly menu, but posts sample menus for you as well. It doesn’t get any more no-brainer than that!
While we’re north of the border, take a look at Laurence MacSween’s storage solutions blog, Storage|Glee. Once you get on the organization bandwagon, you’ll need these solutions and MacSween has plenty of them.
While she doesn’t offer how-to advice, you’ll find no shortage of inspiration. Take a look at the right sidebar to get started. You’ll find storage solutions for everything from salsa to vodka and from utensil to photos.
Prefer room-specific suggestions? You’ll find those as well.
Visit Storage|Glee online at storageandglee.blogspot.com.
If you can stomach the huge push to buy products, you’ll find that Clutterbug offers brilliant organizing tips.
They’re a bit challenging to find, nestled in among the products for sale, but if you scroll down the home page, just under the book for sale you’ll find her tips, organized by room.
A lot of what’s on the site is in video form (who has time for that?). Your mileage may vary. Visit them online at Clutterbug.me
A Slob Comes Clean
Again, lots of podcasts, videos and “please buy my stuff” to wade through, but we love her decluttering and organizing tips. Find them online at ASlobComesClean.com.