My article for August, “Summer Organizing” is posted here. Check it out to see how organizing in the summer is a different animal.

2 Responses to "August Article Is Up"

  1. Barbara

    August 2, 2008

    Hi, Sunny!

    The August Article about Summer Organizing arrived just in time for my latest burst of energy around my son’s closet. Getting his space sorted out before school/sports/volunteering begins is really important to me. What I’m wondering is whether you have any tips and tricks for helping teens tackle an organizing job that requires letting go of artifacts of childhood.

    I don’t think my son has been in his closet’s deepest recesses for about 3 years, and it needs a good uncluttering. Funny thing is, he’s a really neat guy (every which way), and likes to have space to put things away, but he’s been resisting the deep dive into that closet. I know we’re going to find lots of too-small clothing, and some artifacts of childhood that he’ll want to let go. We’re good at creating photo memories of artworks, and I’m thinking of the same strategy for toys that he doesn’t want to save.

    He did a great job, and I told him so, on some boxes of “treasures” that came out of a dark corner elsewhere. He kept things I could tell were precious and I promised they’d have a home with me til he has a home for them. Yet I’m still wondering if you have any other thoughts on guiding a son through the letting go part of organizing.

    Wishing you all good things,

  2. sunny

    August 4, 2008

    Hi Barbara! That’s a great question. The photo idea is excellent. It definitely preserves the memories without taking up the space. He may also want to do a ranking of his favorites — #1 for “must keep”, #2 for “would be great if I had the space”, and #3 for everything else. Start with the #1s, and if there’s any room left over, move on to 2 and 3. The prioritizing is important because it’s a task he’ll need to repeat for the rest of his life.
    Good luck and best wishes to you too. 🙂

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