A few years ago, Peter Walsh, organizational guru extraordinaire, published his New York Times Bestselling book, It's All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff. For all of us living in a world full of clutter, his organizational books provide the inspiration needed to conquer the piles and the mess. Just recently he released a DVD version titled It's All Too Much.
Now I don't plan to ever invite Mr. Walsh to visit my home, and he will never, ever step foot into my basement. I'd be too embarrassed by what he'd find, and I don't think I'd handle the critique very well. I know I have some clutter issues, and, frankly, I find them a tad overwhelming. But what I can handle is watching his shows on TV, reading his books and learning from his helpful tips and advice. This year, I've resolved to put some of the tips to use and bring a little more order to our lives one small step at a time!
In this DVD version, Peter Walsh takes the viewer step-by-step, room-by-room, space-by-space. He addresses the typical problem areas and provides simple solutions to reduce the clutter, even in storage areas and cars. He divides clutter into two types: "memory clutter" and "I might need that one day clutter." (I have both types and do have a hard time letting go of items!) According to him, in order to start the declutter process, first an overall vision for the home is necessary. Understanding function, zones and limits is essential as well as stopping the in-flow of stuff.
Some helpful tips I picked up from the hour-long video:
Kitchen: Create a message board area to help with family communication / Organize all loose recipes into a journal or binder
Master bedroom: This is the one room we neglect the most, but according to Peter, it is the one room that requires the most honor and respect. The space should welcome like a retreat. It is important to keep flat surfaces clear, including the floor and bed.
Closets: We wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time. Regularly clear out unworn clothes and organize shoes.
Bathroom: Keep like things together / Keep a first aid kit in the bathroom so that in case of an emergency, all needed items are conveniently organized.
Office: Use files, clear out paperwork. Create a mail center.
Child's Room: Make sure kids can reach their clothes / Organize Kids’ artwork in a large portfolio or frame on the wall. Scan the artwork and compile in a photobook.
I sat and watched the DVD with my preschool daughter. One is never too young to start learning organizational skills! After watching she said, "I like it when our house is clean. It makes me happy." Can't think of a better motivator than that. Here's to a happier and clutter-free 2010. (By the way, Peter, I can fold a fitted sheet by myself-two hands are enough!)
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(DVD Source: review copy provided for free for review purposes by Peter Walsh Design. All opinions expressed are my own. View my full disclosure statement for more information about my reviews.)