There’s a room in most houses that is the lint filter of your family’s extraneous possessions. The end-of-the-line room, the place that stuff accumulates inside until you finally have to haul stuff outside, to the garage or to the garbage. If only that room could be cleaned as easily as a lint filter – but where do you even start?
I have such a room in my house and now that I’ve illustrated professional home organizer Christen Fackler’s new book How to Organize Everything, I no longer have an excuse. Her book enumerates clearly and succinctly just how she has successfully shaken down hundreds of clients’ messy spaces and come up with cool streamlined systems for keeping the really important stuff organized.
I’ll show a few of the drawings I did for the book, but to get her great organizing advice – and her insights on how it applies to getting your life in gear as well – you’ve got to read the book, available as an ebook here and soon to be in print.
I started with some very rough pencil sketches that illustrate tips for steps in her process –
Moving on to tighter drawings like this –
I drew some rough color sketches using colored pencils, keying the colors to those on Christen’s business card.
And finally I created the finished color artwork, which I drew on illustration board with prisma pencil, then painted with acrylic washes.
It was a pleasure working with Christen, and now I know how to tackle that room so I better hop to it!
Again, if you need advice on sorting out the junk, get the How to Organize Everything ebook (I designed the cover too) and sign up for Christen’s newsletter here as well.