Chicagoans are getting a taste of spring with some warm balmy temperaturest this week. With it comes the urge to open the windows, get some fresh air and lighten up–in short, tackle spring cleaning.
To get started, Laura Wittmann, author of the new book, Clutter Rehab, suggests you streamline closets by donating rarely worn clothes, clear those paper piles on the desk with an e-filing system, eliminate grocery shopping stress by designing a menu plan for the week ahead. With simple projects like these, Clutter Rehab shows how to make even the most chaotic home a well-organized, relaxed environment.
Featuring quick solutions that have been tested and approved by the loyal readers of the author’s popular blog, Clutter Rehab offers a plan to tackle clutter and tidy every room. And the author’s light-hearted approach makes organizing fun and addictive. Readers will learn useful skills that help transform the kitchen into a chef’s dream workspace and turn a cluttered bathroom into a relaxing oasis.
There are fun projects and hints for how to get kids involved as well in keeping the home neat. Readers will also learn how to stay on top of everyday chores to make the home run smoothly and restore order quickly when life gets hectic.
Author Wittmann gets many e-mails each day from stressed out, overwhelmed women looking for help to balance and declutter their lives. Wittmann says, “Writing this book provides me the opportunity to not only help these women but to reach out to many others as well who might be in a similar situation.”
She can relate to these overwhelmed women because she herself was one of them not long ago: “I was working full time with two young kids and really not knowing how to slow down on the erratic train of life.” She was finally able to do just that when she became pregnant and was laid off from her job at the same time.
“It gave me the time I needed to slow down, and it was only then that I realized I was far more stressed than I ever knew,” she says. “I began by making small changes in my life over a number of years, and I’m so thrilled with the journey and what it’s taught me that I can’t wait to share it with others.”
Wittmann runs the popular website OrgJunkie.com and is a self-proclaimed “organizing freak.”
Her book, Clutter Rehab, is available online or at most Chicago area bookstores.