ED­I­TOR’S LET­TER

Secrets of Getting Organized - - Contents - — BRIAN KRAMER ED­I­TOR, SE­CRETS OF GET­TING OR­GA­NIZED

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.

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