I’m a firm believer that an organized life means an easy life. I mean, there is nothing worse than running late and not being able to this very specific item that you need right now. We’ve all been there, am I right? And some more often than others (#me *cough* *cough*). Life is just so much better when you know where everything is and you don’t have to rummage your room to find what you’re looking for.
A few weeks ago, I was approached by a publishing company to talk about Organizing For Your Lifestyle: Adaptable Inspirations from Socks to Suitcase by Jane Stoller. This book is a bible for any organization freak. It contains a ton of organization tips to help you organize every area of your life: closet, kitchen, bathroom, travel, and even books! It’s all thought out to make your life simpler and easier.
This book felt like I was reading a long blog post. Organizing For Your Lifestyle contains lists, is divided into different chapters for every aspect of your life, and even has pictures (which should have been in color, in my honest opinion)! If you feel like you’re life is messy and that it could use a little bit of structure, this book will help you achieve that. If you think that you’re already an organization genius and you’re always looking for new ways to organize the different areas in your life, this book can give you that. Jane gives you the foundation to help you achieve an organized easy-breezy lifestyle, but you have to take everything she says with a grain of salt. I didn’t agree with everything she said, but I still liked to see how she organizes everything in her life. Jane gives you ideas to get more organized, but it’s up to you to make them work for yourself. I think this book contains a lot of great tips to make life a little bit more organized, and everyone can implement some of them. We can all get something from this book.
Jane provides some very valuable advice that can help everyone be organized in every occasion:
Always keep a carry-on ready. One of my favorite tips from Jane’s book is to always keep a carry-on packed and ready to go. As she said, you never know what could happen, and no one likes running around like a headless chicken to make sure you have everything for an unexpected last minute trip. Had I been more organized, packing for my semester abroad would have been a whole lot easier! I waited until the week before to pack everything and while it was better than what I normally do, I still could have made the process smoother and easier by always keeping a bag of travel-size toiletries and a list of clothing items to bring at the ready.
Decluttering saves you time and space. Before you even start reorganizing your whole life, I think it’s important that you take the time to go through what you already have first. Whenever I feel like my life is a mess, I always end up going through everything I have in my room and decide what to keep and what to throw away. You’ll be surprised at how much we accumulate! I have makeup I’ve had for YEARS (ew) or clothes I haven’t worn in ages, and yet, I still keep them. Why? Sometimes it’s because there’s an emotional attachment to it (maybe I’ve received it as a gift and don’t want to throw it away because I don’t want to hurt the person’s feelings), sometimes it’s purely because I was too lazy to throw it away. #truth But one thing that I’ve learned is that decluttering not only saves you space, but it’s also a huge time saver! Stuff you don’t use anymore won’t get in the way of finding out what you truly need when you most need it (like when you’re running late and can’t seem to find your favorite lipstick).
Find a system that works for you. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I’m a HUGE advocate of finding your own system. Whether it’s your study style or organization system, it’s important to find something that fits your needs and that will work for you. Jane also keeps repeating this in her book, and she also reminds us that everything she mentions in this book is for inspiration only. What works for her might not work for other people, and that’s completely okay! Everyone is different, so it’s normal that our minds are organized differently. For instance, I organize my books alphabetically by author, but Jane organizes hers by size and genre, and some other people prefer to color code. Everyone is different!
Always keep a spare of your favorite items. Don’t you just hate it when you run out of your favorite shampoo right in the middle of a shower? One thing I’ve learned since living abroad is to always keep at least one spare of my favorite items on-hand in case something like that happens. I’ve been doing this especially with food, because no one wants to live off toast and butter for a couple of days because you’re too busy to stop by the grocery store #beentheredonethat. So when I see that my favorite things are on sale or when I notice that one of my favorite items is running low, I always make sure to purchase a spare so I don’t run out of it when I most need it.
Pay attention to labels. Living on your own means that you have to do your own laundry and grocery shopping. One thing Jane mentions multiple times in her book is to pay attention to label – they will help you take better care of your belongings! So if certain foods need to be kept refrigerated or stored in a dry place, make sure you do just that! I would also read make sure to check the labels off new clothes (or maybe even your old ones if you have never done so before!) to ensure you wash and care for them properly! There’s nothing worse than ruining your favorite sweater just because you didn’t wash it with the right cycle. You’ll also be able to keep your favorite items longer if you take great care of them. Who knows, you might be able to keep your favorite sweater as good as new for years if you take care of it!
Organizing For Your Lifestyle contains much more valuable advice and provides great inspiration to help everyone organize their kitchen, bathroom, closet, and books. While I wish her books focused less on “what you need in life” to be “happy” and more on organizing itself, I still do believe that everyone can learn something from this book.
Because Jane is a sweetheart, you could also win a copy of Organizing For Your Lifestyle! If you want to be more organized and need some inspo, this book is perfect! It could also make the perfect holiday gift for someone who likes organization or wants to be more organized, just saying. 😉
What are your favorite organization tips? Let me know in the comments below!