Many have wished, at some point or another, to live in a home that looks like it came out of a Pinterest board: a spotless, perfectly organized space where nothing looks out of place. Then reality sinks in: between work and workouts, family and friends, the only way to achieve and maintain an immaculate house or apartment would be to have a second home—and never use it. While The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo has struck a chord with many, it seems unattainable to some. In Organized Enough: The Anti-Perfectionist’s Guide to Getting—and Staying—Organized, Amanda Sullivan shares an organizing plan for the rest of us using a science-driven, step-by-step approach that takes into account the hectic pace of modern life.
Applying neuroscience to the art of living clutter-free, Amanda identifies seven simple concepts that will change how you think about tidying up. The foundational concept is “FLOW”—Forgive yourself, Let stuff go, Organize what’s left, Weed constantly. Amanda also helps you develop seven habits to keep clutter, from sweaters to documents, at bay:
- Take Inventory – Do you know what you have? Where it is? Does it fit?
- Block Out Time – Bundle similar tasks together, prioritize them, and schedule time on your calendar.
- Do a Last Sweep – Spend a few minutes before bed restoring order, getting stuff close to wear it belongs.
- Set Limits on Stuff – If your storage is maxed out, don’t acquire unless you also let go.
- Buy Less but Better – Buy fewer things of higher quality, build a capacity to resist impulse purchases.
- Ten-Minute Maintenance – Tackle your toughest area every day be it clothes or mail.
- Cultivate Consistency – Consistency is a practice, a way of approaching the world. So practice it.
Whether you’re cooped up in the winter noticing what a mess your place is, or you’re already looking ahead to spring cleaning with dread, Amanda Sullivan can help. Organized Enough is not just the key to a cleaner, tidier home—it’s a way to take control of your life and let go of being perfect so you can spend less time stressing and more time enjoying.
Amanda Sullivan has been a professional organizer for nearly twenty years. Her coaching business, The Perfect Daughter, is one of the top private organization consultancies in Manhattan.