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01.21.2002

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organizing your 
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Somewhere along the line during the college years, I acquired the reputation for being a chaos-magnet. I, of course, always liked to blame the mess on the endless cycle of art projects with which I was perpetually in various stages of completing Ė neatness hampers creativity, right? And when that excuse failed me, there was always my takeout-loving, dining hall-tray accumulating roommate, who Ė much as I adored her as a friend Ė had an amazingly high tolerance for messiness, and saw no need to ever bring out the trash, or escort those dirty dishes of half-eaten spaghetti mush back from whence they came.

Then I moved into a place of my own. And after many years of denying the truth, Iíve given up. Thereís just no getting around the evidence: Iím a messy, messy person by nature.

All this would be fine, if I felt comfortable with the chaos. If I didnít mind excavating a mountain of shoes thrown carelessly in my closet in order to find that perfect pair of black boots, or if I didnít loathe the sight of a living room teeming with mounds of old magazines and new books, laundry waiting to be folded Ö if I felt at home living in a certifiable disaster area, I suppose, my inherent untidiness wouldnít be a problem. But Iím the worst sort of messy person, you see, because I canít stand my own slobbish tendencies.

So believe me when I tell you: I understand what it means to have a hard time keeping a lovely home. Houseworkís a chore, organization is tedious. Still, a little bit of effort here and there goes a long way towards making a home not just livable, but lovable too Ö

learning to weed
The first step (and alas, Iím afraid thereís no getting around this): Conquer those pack-rat tendencies. Take inventory of your belongings, and decide whether each object youíve accumulated is something you use often, something you use occasionally, something of sentimental value, or just plain junk. The first youíll need out and about, the second and third can go into storage, and the fourth should either be jettisoned or recycled (donate it to charity, have a yard sale, give it to a friend Ė get rid of it). Be ruthless. You donít need your notes from freshman year psych. Really.

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