Monday, August 17, 2009

Favorite organizing tools

I'm a big believer that you don't need anything more than time and a little inspiration to get organized, but there are a few items that can really help you get and stay organized. Here are some of my favorites:
  • Sharpies: It only takes seconds to make a label with a Sharpie and a piece of painter's tape. I prefer black Sharpies and white removable labels.
  • Binder clips: Better than paper clips, and the various sizes hold papers and more together with ease.
  • Apron: Stick your Sharpies, labels, tape and a pair of scissors in the pocket and you are ready for any organizing job.
  • Ziploc bags: Cheap and effective way of corralling everything from crayons to tea bags. Easily labeled with your trusty Sharpie!
  • Clear plastic boxes with snapping lids, preferably from Really Useful Boxes, in a variety of sizes. Get more than once of each size so you can stack them in places like closets and garages.
  • Libraries, or anywhere you can rent or borrow something you only need temporarily.

Lelah Baker-Rabe is a Los Angeles-based professional organizer. To discuss your organizing needs, call her at 818.269.6671 or email

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