I got the book from the library after reading this thread, and I love it, so thanks! MDC is great, I get so many good ideas here
I love that the book is not just about getting rid of things, and how to get rid of things, why to get rid of things. That's important, but now I"m learning so much about organizing the things you still have, and making your house work for you.
mamamelia I think the part about making systems fit your life is not so much about buying containers as it is about really looking at how you're using your space. The author attributes many disorganization struggles to big life changes, ie a new baby arrives, and you end up doing new things and not doing the things you used to do. So say the new baby comes and now you have toys, diapers, and other new things but your space is filled with equipment from some pre-baby hobby, like in our case, traveling. I don't have time or money to travel anymore, so why are backpacks, file cases full of maps, travel guides, etc, stuffing my closets and shelves. If I plan on traveling again I could weed out the outdated stuff, keep some good stuff in the more inaccessible storage areas, and free up space for the current things I am doing. If that makes any sense. she gives lots of examples in the book.
Sorting things by how you use them has to do with keeping the things you use all together in the place where you use them. An example for me is to bring the file case with paid bills out to the desk where I pay bills. That way I"ll file them right away instead of paper clipping them in piles of "to be filed" (and then never filing them) Or, keep all the CDs you listen to near the CD player, so you don't have to wander to another room to put the CD away. That way piles of listened to CDs don't form.
#9 I haven't read yet
anyway I really second the recommendation of this book, it is great. I'm looking forward to some even minor changes that I think will help around here.