Last week I went to the library to check out The Complete Tightwad Gazette, as Meredith recommended their strategy for kids' clothing storage. On the same shelf, my eye caught the title Confessions of an Organized Homemaker by Deniece Schofield (a fellow Iowan!). Being my mother's daughter, I promptly brought both books home to an already tall stack of things I want to read.
I read most of Organized Homemaker over the weekend--it is full of great ideas! In a section called "Wars with Drawers" (referring to the kitchen), I came across the following question: "Have you ever tried to shut a drawer that was so full you had to nestle everything together so the drawer would close?" Rather than guiltily slink down in my chair, I instantly jumped up and ran to the drawer where this always happens! At the author's suggestion, I quickly removed all the items I don't use on a regular basis (apple corer, extra veggie peeler and space-consuming funnels) and I moved them to the back of a more spacious drawer. Such a simple change, but I was excited. Problem solved! Also in the kitchen section, Schofield has lots of great tips on storing spices, another of my clutter problems. Wahoo!
This is a fun and practical book--if you don't already have ten books in your pile, Organized Homemaker is one to check out!