The Staying Organized Survival Guide - Tips & Tricks For Organizing Your Books
Learn To STAY ORGANIZED Without Even Thinking About It
Give me 15 minutes a day for 30 days and I’ll show you how to STAY organized
Do you get home from work to be greeted by clutter central? Are you hiding an ugly mess behind closed doors and drawers? Are youfrustrated when you can’t find what you need when you need it? Are you embarrassed by the disorganization when an unexpected visitor drops by?
You may have tried to get organized. You may even have succeeded with a mad purge one weekend. But if it all unravels after a few days or weeks, you need to try something different.
I don’t know how to organize everything perfectly.
So don’t – I give you permission to organize imperfectly and to do anything rather than nothing.
I don’t have the time to make a difference.
Large chunks of time are not required, just 15 minutes a day.
I don’t know where to start.
Pick anywhere – it doesn’t matter. Follow my ‘hot spot’ trail for a super fast approach to getting started.
I’ve got no money to get organized.
You don’t need any. Stop window-shopping for storage bins and organizers and take action instead.
I’m overwhelmed. I’ll never get it all done.
No, you won’t, but getting organized is a journey, not a destination. With my 15 minutes a day system, you will make progress and that is what you should be aiming for.
Follow ‘The Staying Organized Survival Guide: Organizing Your Home & Getting Rid Of Clutter In Just 15 Minutes A Day’ to get the organizing habit!
It will stir you into action with plenty of ‘kick start tasks’ to set you on the path towards maintainable home organization.
Spend 15 minutes per day for just 30 days – that doesn’t sound too bad does it?
Implement the simple, but crucial, techniques to establish organizing as a habit.
Start somewhere small with ‘hot spots’ that really bug you.
Be amazed at how your small successes motivate you to carry on.
Learn how to stay on track even if you hit a bump in the road.
After 30 days, you will have established the organizing habit which will make your life easier. Staying organized will have become like cleaning your teeth – automatic, with no willpower required.
What have you got to lose other than your clutter?
Tips & Tricks For Organizing Your Books – Physical & Digital
by Chloe Wilson
Organizing is a subject close to my heart so I thought I would take this opportunity to help you get to grips with the never ending battle that is ‘organizing your books’.
Whether you have moved to digital books or are hanging onto your collection of physical books, when they start to overwhelm you, the first thing to do is declutter.
Weed out the keepers from those that you will never look at again. It may be gut wrenching but one thing is for sure – an excess of anything leads to chaos, whether that is on your bookshelf or your e-reader. If you don’t love or use each physical book, give it away. If you have ten books on the same subject, keep the best three. Find a happy home for your cast-offs to make the process easier – think of your friends, schools, charities, libraries and hospitals.
Delete the clutter on your e-reader. The books will still be accessible via your Amazon or iTunes account if you need them again in the future.
Once you have thinned down your collection, you need to group your books into categories to tame the chaos.
For physical books you have a few more choices for how to order your collection. As well as the usual author and genre groupings, you can also order books by their color for some visual appeal or size for practical storage.
Thinking about where in your home you are going to store your books can impact on your choice of grouping. Try and store them close to where they will be read and keep those that are read most often where they are most accessible.
For digital books, creating genre ‘collections’ or folders on your e-reader device is probably the most practical. Author collections are only useful if you tend to stick to the same group of authors on a regular basis. If you share your e-reader with other family members, creating a collection for each personis highly recommended. I also like to use ‘Reading Now’ and ‘To Read Soon’ collections.
I think the most important thing to take on board about organizing your books, as with staying organized in general, is to turn it into a habit. That way, it will become automatic and you will never again get overwhelmed looking at a bookshelf in disarray – whether it is virtual or physical.
So file each book away in its group or collection as you buy it and delete or donate each book that you will not read again as soon as you have read it.
If your book collection is already at crisis point, then take 5 minutes every time you’re about to read to declutter your collection. Once you have finished the decluttering stage, start grouping your books and assigning them a home where you can find them again easily when the time comes.
As I say in my book, “Slotting organizing into your existing daily routines is the key to staying organized”. But also give yourself permission to organize your books imperfectly. Start with one idea and then change it up if it doesn’t work for you. Remember anything is better than nothing. Good luck!