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LIGHTNING RELEASES (4/16/2014) – “30 Days of Organizing,” a free e-book from YouCopia, presents 30 easy projects for organizing the hub and heart of most homes—the kitchen—just in time for summer. De-cluttered kitchens feel more spacious and functional, and ultimately, help you save time and money, while reducing the stress of everyday living.

Written by Professional Organizer Susan Fleischman, founder of clutterfree and a blogger at YouCopia.com, the e-book features three sections:

  • Kitchen Command Zones (Days 1-17): landing strip, surfaces, upper cabinets, lower cabinets, bakeware, entertaining essentials, drawers, pantry, beverage station, baking ingredients, herbs and spices, fridge front and inside, freezer, kitchen linens, and crafts
  • Kitchen Clutter Traps (Days 18-23): pet stuff, junk drawer, food storage containers, medications, under sink, florist vases, and shopping bags
  • Kitchen Papers & Related (Day 24-30): mail, take-out menus, coupons, manuals & warranties, media (newspapers, magazines, catalogs), recipes, and cookbooks.

”While you may wish to tackle these 30 projects in a month, they don’t necessarily need to be done in consecutive days,” Fleischman says, “If you can only spend one week a day or month, that’s okay too. Just make a plan and stick to it, and remember our favorite organizing rhyme: ‘A Job Begun is a Job Half Done!’”

Each project in “30 Days of Organizing” features step-by-step instructions based on the acronym SPOTS, developed by Fleischman to help her clients manage the organizing process:

  • Sort. Begin by sorting like items into piles. 
  • Purge. The decision-making step: keep, toss or donate. And since you already sorted, this should be relative easy.     
  • Contain. Corral remaining like items together in appropriate size and style containers, or boxes, bins, plastic bags, or file folders, etc. 
  • Tag. Fleischman’s word for label, which she says saves time and effort in the long run. 
  • Store. Deciding where to keep items, or in professional organizer jargon—establishing a designated home where an item will live. This is an old but always relevant adage: a place for everything and everything in its place.

“Follow along for 30 days!” says Lauren Greenwood, VP of sales & marketing for YouCopia. “Completing these mini-projects will help organize your home and simplify your life, so you can enjoy the people and things that matter.”

The “30 Days of Organizing” e-book can be downloaded for free here.

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YouCopia creates innovative home organization products to help you simplify and enjoy life. YouCopia products are available at leading retailers including Bed Bath & Beyond, The Container Store and Amazon.com. Be sure to check out the YouCopia Blog and follow us on Facebook, Twitter & YouTube.

Susan Fleischman is founder and owner of clutterfree, which provides professional organizing and home staging services nationwide. Prior to founding clutterfree in 2004, Fleischman enjoyed a successful career in marketing for prominent food, beverage and wine clients. A true “foodie” known for her fabulous dinner parties, she is especially knowledgeable and passionate about kitchen organization.

For more information or images, please contact Cynthia Greenwood at cynthia@youcopia.com, or call 847-404-8404.