This issue gives me hope for smarter organization and quicker decision-making in my life.
The ideas and tips we collected for our features have propelled me into action with my own closet, home office space and gift-wrapping station. My husband rolls his eyes but I'm loving the feeling I get from bringing order to chaos. It's an easy triumph to conquer a small project. I'm now motivated to make a sweep of the entire house.
The downstairs storeroom is my immediate priority. The room is so embarrassing that it's off-limits to guests. The room's contents mushroomed when we downsized my mom from her two-story home to an assisted living apartment six years ago.
Now that Mom is gone (she died in January), it's time to sort through her belongings and make those hard decisions: Keep, trash or donate. My hairstylist (who always has good solutions for life's little dilemmas) suggested keeping only what was unique and meaningful to my parents and their story. “Those are the true keepsakes; the rest you can let go.”
After the storeroom? The pantry. My husband's daughter has a field day whenever she visits. She humors herself with an inspection of our canned goods and nonperishables. We're making an effort to stay ahead of her.
Recently intercepted: A bottle of ketchup (deep brown in color), expiration date June 2007; and a can of cream of potato soup, expiration date November 1995.
Now that's embarrassing.
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