We all know people who are obsessed with organization. Those friends who will do anything to keep their apartment and office spotless. The ones who never let the mail pile up on the kitchen counter. The ones who frequently comb the fringe of their oriental rugs and who won’t let their kids get a dog because of the white sofa in the living room.

We also all know the people who are incapable of keeping their life together. Forget keeping the floor clean; they haven’t washed their sheets since two months ago when the hamper happened to be half full. They save every art project their kids have ever made, only to let them pile up in the back of the basement. And their closet is full of articles of clothing from more than a decade ago because, after all, “you never know the next time shoulder pads are going to make a comeback. Yeah, whatever.

The point is this: some people are born with the organization gene, and some people are not. Some people have an easy time getting their life in order, and some do not. But it doesn’t have to always be this way. Organization may not always come naturally, but there are tools that you can use to make your life a little simpler.

Yesterday I read an article by Jessica on It’s Not About Your Stuff (the story was originally featured on unclutterer.com) that profiled a man who successfully cleaned up his garage without paying any money to hire a professional organizer or cleaning crew.  He did it all on his own. Nothing fancy, just a hard day of work. It’s a great example of how one man simplified his life for free. If only it had happened automatically…

Shoeboxed.com is taking organization to a whole new level. It’s free, it’s fun, and we do all the work. I can’t promise we’ll do anything about those shoulder pads, but hey, it’s a start.