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Organizing to Travel

Organizing to Travel

As summer approaches, it’s time to get ready for vacations and getaways. Here are some tips to get organized and stay organized for your travels.

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Garage Organizing: Moving Up

Garage Organizing: Moving Up

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “25% of people with two-car garages don’t have room to park cars inside them and 32% only have room for one vehicle.” It’s doubtful that the value of that clutter, that we are protecting in our garages, is worth $33,000, which is the average cost of a new car these days. Make space and protect your investment instead!

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Letting Containers Organize You

Letting Containers Organize You

One of the biggest mistakes people make when getting organized is buying containers first. However, once you declutter and get organized, containers CAN play an active role in helping you STAY organized, if you choose them strategically. They can then be like organizing tour guides.

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March 2016, Better Connecticut, Attic Organizing

March 2016, Better Connecticut, Attic Organizing

This was a very special segment, because Matt Baier was joined by one of our new favorite clients, John Weigold, to talk attic organizing. John is on reserve duty as Rear Admiral to the Pacific Fleet. He shared with hosts, Kara Sundlun and Scot Haney how the Matt Baier Organizing team helped him get his attic “ship shape.” Matt was also joined by his colleague, Susan Lovallo, who is a spokesperson for a great new attic product Lock & Rollin, a roll out floor.

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Does more categories equal more organized?

Does more categories equal more organized?

Too many categories can actually make you more disorganized than having none at all. There is a point of diminishing returns on categories.

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February 2016, Better Connecticut, Paper Organizing

February 2016, Better Connecticut, Paper Organizing

Matt and Marlie talk paper management with Scot Haney and Kara Sundlun on Better Connecticut, WFSB, Channel 3. Paper organizing requires a plan for movement in a series of manageable reliable stages, just like everything else. Circulation prevents accumulation. Here’s how to keep your stages clear by color coding by temperature.

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Organizing Files By Temperature

Organizing Files By Temperature

Our clients often get ahead of themselves. I mean WAY ahead of themselves. We may be looking at 30 bags and boxes of papers and the client will ask, “Do you recommend color-coding my files?” What I’m really hearing in their voices is “CAN we color-code my files PLEASE?” It’s as if a magical rainbow of colors will make the 30 bags and boxes disappear.

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Organizing to Show and Go

Organizing to Show and Go

Getting your house on the market and getting ready to move can be a very stressful time. Having a comprehensive plan can reduce that stress. We help folks with this type of work every week , so here are a some of the essential guidelines we recommend for such a plan.

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Organizing and the Al Hirschfeld Effect

Organizing and the Al Hirschfeld Effect

Organizing and the Al Hirschfeld Effect Before I was a professional organizer, I was a professional illustrator. What’s the connection? Al Hirschfeld. Here’s why. If ever there was an artist who understood that less is more, it was Al Hirschfeld. With his style of drawing, minimal makes movement. The drawings came alive with action because his lines were so simple, clean, and fluid. To clutter those lines with shading, crosshatching, or color, would be to compromise the movement he achieved. Hirschfeld influenced my drawing style and, by extension, he influenced my approach to organizing. It’s all about the movement.  I believe that not only does minimal make movement, but movement makes minimal. In fact, that’s very close to my circulation prevents accumulation philosophy. To stay organized, you need a plan for movement, in a series of manageable, reliable steps. There is a plan for movement in rivers, in seasons, in our blood stream, and in all things natural. It only makes sense that there is a plan for movement in our home and office environments. It’s one thing to tidy […]

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January 2016, Better Connecticut, Kitchen Organizing

January 2016, Better Connecticut, Kitchen Organizing

Matt talks kitchen organizing with Scot Haney on Better Connecticut, WFSB, Channel 3.

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