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From The Beacon: Read up on ways to beat the clutter

When I was first asked about the topic of "getting organized" I had to chuckle. Moi? Write an article on how to get organized?

In all honesty and humility, I consider myself to be a reasonably organized individual, but it is not my strongest suit. In the interest of full disclosure, I was given the option of choosing another subject for this article, but I decided it would be a good exercise in self-improvement if I tackled this topic.

There are numerous areas in our lives that require us to be organized in order to function at an optimum level. Some primary examples are our family life, our home and at work or school. And what better time than the beginning of a new year to begin organizing a part of our life that could perhaps use some attention?

The first thing that I plan to tackle is my clothes closet. And an area at work that needs to be better organized is my desk, so that, too, will be dealt with soon. The Beaufort County Public Library system and SCLends Consortium libraries have a number of books on getting organized, and here are a few examples of what are available:

  • Laura Leist, author of "Eliminate Chaos," is an organizing consultant and owner of a company with the same name that provides organizing services for individuals in their homes, small businesses and corporations. Leist adds personal stories to her organizing suggestions throughout her book and includes many color photos (not only the "before" and "after" but "in between") of clients' homes. Her main point is to sort and weed first before organizing.
  • Julie Morgenstern also is an organizing consultant for individuals and corporations and founder of an organizing company, Task Masters. Her book, "Organizing From the Inside Out: The Foolproof System for Organizing Your Home, Your Office, and Your Life," was a New York Times best-seller. The author gears her book toward those who have difficulty staying organized or who seem to never be able to get completely organized. Her goal is to help individuals and businesses get on the right track and stay on it. She also argues that there is no "one size fits all" way of organizing; every situation is different.
  • "Never Check E-Mail in the Morning: And Other Unexpected Strategies for Making Your Work Life Work" by Morgenstern is another good option. What? Don't check your e-mail in the morning? Read this book to find out why and get your work life more organized and consequently more fulfilling and less stressful.
  • Morgenstern, along with her daughter, Jessi Morgenstern-Col
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