I always look forward to receiving REAL SIMPLE. I admit, I can spend hours reading organizing magazines, blog posts and often find myself getting lost on numerous pinterest organizing links which seem to indefinitely lead from one to another to another with no end in sight. One (or at least this one) can spend hours learning the organizing tips and tricks people have to offer. Gracing the pages of July’s magazine was an article titled, “Disorganized Couple Seeks Professional Help” by Marjorie Ingall. The front cover reads, Can organizing save your marriage? While this may be slightly or not so slightly exaggerated, I do feel that organizing can bring an individual, a couple, or a family a sense of peace. To take just a snippet from the article (which I highly recommend you read), it states “a pile of newspapers isn’t just a pile of newspapers; it’s a stack of potentially life-changing information, and it taunts us with its presence.” Whether we are talking newspapers or vases or any object in a house, the reasons we hold onto some things are not because they are useful anymore but because of what they signify or once signified, and the memories that are associated with the particular item, and possibly the fear of one day needing the item. Do you really need to hold onto the bag that your friend, mother, past boyfriend gave you, that you haven’t used in 3 years and really don’t like because it doesn’t go with anything in your closet? The answer is a simple (I stand corrected, complex) no. Take time to stand back from the item and ask yourself why you are saving something you don’t use or enjoy? Give yourself permission to let go and not hold onto guilt for doing so. The gist of the article is that sometimes professional organizers are needed to help guide people, couples, or families through a process to gain a clutter-free, simpler way of living. Will it save a marriage? I don’t know, but it sure can’t hurt!