This advice from professional organizer Kathy Jenkins came to mind several times while assembling this issue of Secrets of Getting Organized™ . Although Kathy and I were debating how many meal-planning apps and food-delivery services to feature in “Pantry Power-up” (page 42), the sentiment applies to any project. First, what’s the goal? (In the case of our pantry story, to get dinner on the table fast.) And second, what do you need to reach the goal? While the latest technology may thrill, you can streamline dinnertime with the help of old standbys like a paper shopping list and a binder of easy recipes that your family enjoys.
You’ll find new products aplenty in this issue, including cool home entertainment gadgets (page 28) and clever kitchen carts and islands (page 52). But you’ll also get our fresh take on classics with good ol’ fashioned laundry day strategies (“Utility Players,” page 78), a simple sorting plan for your linen closet (“Closet Control,” page 64), and a kid-focused Clutter Cleanse (page 5) that helps you achieve major results without purchasing anything new.
So let’s go back to the basics—and get a bit more organized in the process.