“Organize your life,” Real Simple magazine proclaims on its June 2010
cover. “How to Organize Anything (and everything!)” Good Housekeeping offers in response.
If the onset of spring suggests the start of an annual clean up, the beginning of June must imply–at least to magazine editors–that it’s time for readers to get organized. June 2010 issues of Real Simple and Good Housekeeping magazines include features on organizing everything from mudrooms to photographs to those little odds and ends that seem to have no home of their own.
Real Simple magazine‘s cover story includes a personality quiz to determine whether right- or left-brain approaches to organization will work better.
Generally, I hate quizzes in magazines because I hate having to commit to a simple “yes” or “no,” “A” or “B.” I just don’t think that way; I always need more options. No worries, the editors acknowledge that there are those of us who lean left and right, at least when it comes to brain orientation, and offer a medium way.
Anyway, the gist of the Real Simple magazine guide to organization is that left-brainers, natural sorters and organizers, need specific places for their things. Right-brainers, on the other hand, live for spontaneity and stimuli and need the kind of storage that allows them to see their things. This means lots of boxes and bins for left-brainers as opposed to bulletin boards and exposed storage for right-brainers. (The feature’s title with its implied emphasis on various aspects of one’s life, by the way, is a bit ambitious.)
Speaking of organization, Good Housekeeping magazine‘s package is the better organized of the two stories. Unfortunately the cover of that issue could have benefited from a touch of that organization; there’s a lack of hierarchy that leaves elements competing for attention.
Despite that inauspicious start, this story wins the organization contest hands down–even if Real Simple magazine will likely always win a photography contest between the two publications, and it’s printed on a much nicer paper stock–for variety of ideas and ease of reading. There are suggestions for every room of the house, storage of various items and a number of quick fixes. Task-specific ideas deal with cleaning, hosting parties, packing and travel, and even getting rid of what you don’t want.