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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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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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The Kitchen as Organizing Lab

The Kitchen as Organizing Lab

If there was one room that made sense as a lab to experiment with organizing processes, it would be the kitchen. If you can master these principles in the kitchen lab, you can master them in the rest of your house. Here are five of my favorites.

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Christmas Organizing Jumpstart

Christmas Organizing Jumpstart

Are you having a hard time getting going with the Christmas decorating this year? Here’s a tip that I have found useful in getting the ball rolling. Create a Christmas jumpstart box.

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Organizing Shades of Grey in the Kitchen

Organizing Shades of Grey in the Kitchen

One of the problems my clients tend to have with organizing is that they to see everything in black and white. Whether an item is extremely valuable or completely useless, it’s easy to find a home for it. The real challenge comes with all the shades of grey in between.

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Great Ideas For the Space Under the Stairs

Great Ideas For the Space Under the Stairs

If you live in a two-storey house, chances are you have stairs and some space below

them. Don’t let it go unused!

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