One Minute Tip: Live Within Your Means

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Today's One Minute Tip comes from Amelia Meena, of Appleshine Lifestyle Organization. For some thoughts on how to control four common overflow areas, see below the jump!

"Pay attention to these common areas that often overflow: bookshelves, storage areas, wardrobes and gift items. Don't be enticed to overload a bookshelf; maintain a sense of order and stay away from crammed clutter. Designate one storage area and don't let yourself keep more things than can fit inside it - and keep it clearly categorized and accessible in order to find what you're looking for. A wardrobe should be inspiring and exciting; weed out any dull, ill-fitting and outdated clothing. And make your momma proud with good manners when receiving a gift but don't feel obligated to keep it if it doesn't work with your lifestyle. Don't be afraid to use the size of your apartment as an excuse - it's a real one! Sometimes it's simply the thought that counts." - Amelia

• The Star: Amelia Meena moved to New York City in a roundabout way from Kentucky, bringing only 2 suitcases and dreams of Broadway. Nearly a decade later, she's sung onstage, acted on screen and has found the best thing about organization is efficiency (it's gone up to 4 suitcases now but that's still pretty good for city living). Her company, Appleshine, Lifestyle Organization, has helped men, women, families and businesses clear out clutter and make the most of their space. When she's not Appleshining someone's lifestyle, she's running in Central Park, playing violin with a bluegrass band, catching up on reading for her 2 book clubs or wandering around The Container Store.

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Links:
• Interview: NYC Professional Organizer Amelia Meena
How to Prepare Your Space for the Holidays Pt 1-4
10 Ways to Get Organized for Summer Travel

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