The latest special issue of Martha Stewart Living is all about organizing. It is on newsstands now and contains a vast collection of organizing and clutter-cutting techniques for any household. Its release is strategically timed to coincide with the debut of Martha's new organizing products at Staples: a wide array of folders, binders, labels and storage units for your home office.
The booklet is free of advertising, like all of Martha's special supplement magazines, and is printed on thick, high-gloss paper. It's quite beautiful. It begins with an introduction from Martha, followed by an overview of organizing basics called Organizing 101: cut the clutter, store it where you use it, etc. Then, it heads through the house, room by room, starting with the entryway, providing the best solutions for keeping the space clean and organized. Even kids rooms are included. Each of these chapters then concludes with a series of "Good Things" for organizing that particular room: little tips and ideas to help you keep everything in its place. There is also a six-page spread devoted to Martha's houses and how she keeps her busiest rooms organized.
I consider myself a very organized person but this magazine is still useful to me. It's a refresher course and a reminder that without organizing there can be no real enjoyment of a space. How can you decorate a space if it is not organized? How can you function in a space if it is governed by chaos and mismanagement? Organizing really is the first step to keeping a home functional and enjoyable. You shouldn't stress about organization, but you should realize that disorganization is the result of stress and only continues to feed stress. Organization is Zen! Organization is peace of mind! Get Organizing! Do you have any organizing tips to share?
Gael Towey, Chief Creative Officer for Martha Stewart Living, has a gorgeous kitchen. The magazine takes you 'behind closed doors' to reveal how she keeps everything in its place.
Pegboard is used in this sunny bathroom to keep soaps and bath toys corralled. The linen closet beyond reveals basket storage and shelves with neatly-folded towels.
A boy's room, on the left, features a storage unit with large bags made of sturdy oilcloth that hold his toys. On the right, magazines and supplies in this home office are kept supremely organized in labeled storage units.