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Organizing to Move: Moving Day

Organizing to Move: Moving Day

Moving is stressful, but doing it in an organized way, can relieve that stress. This starts by breaking the moving process down into the major stages. We’re now up to moving day.

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Product Review: Monkey Bars

Product Review: Monkey Bars

There is no better garage organizing system than Monkey Bars. Period. I’m not getting paid to say that. I just really, really love this product. Why? Let me count the ways.

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August Organizing Tip: Using a Table

August Organizing Tip: Using a Table

I know what you’re thinking. You don’t need me to tell you how to use a table. That’s true, but if you are having difficulty staying organized, I want to offer a professional organizer’s perspective on tables, that will help. This starts with looking at a table as a tool, rather than a piece of furniture. In fact, I believe a clear work surface is your number one organizing tool.

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July 2016, Better Connecticut, Car Organizing

July 2016, Better Connecticut, Car Organizing

On Monday’s broadcast of Better Connecticut, Matt shared car organizing tips with host Kara Sundlun.

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Organizing Your Car

Organizing Your Car

As we get away on more road trips this summer, you may find yourself wanting to ensure an organized ride. Here are some tips for organizing your car in the trunk, the driver’s seat, and the back seat.

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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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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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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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