My love of organizing began when I was a young child. I became the opposite of my mother. Her piles of papers, stacks of boxes, and lots of dust made me feel stressed. I just couldn’t relax with such disarray surrounding me. I retreated to my bedroom, my safe place, the place I could control the order of things. I made my bed, cleared off my desk, and arranged my pencils just the way I wanted them. I could lie on my bed and enjoy the serene feeling of order and organization.

Not everyone has this experience with clutter. Some people are not affected by it at all and can function just fine with it surrounding them. I am not one of those people. I am a firm believer that whether or not clutter is your enemy, having an organized living space can bring a sense of peace. It also is nice to be able to find things when you need them! So strap in . . . organizing tips are coming!