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Points Of Compulsion To Stay Organized

Points Of Compulsion To Stay Organized

It is impossible to stay organized without action. If there’s no action on paying bills, the mail will pile up; if theres no action on the laundry, the clothes will pile up; etc. Certain points of compulsion are necessary to ensure that these actions happen.

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Organizing Clothes for Storage

All of my organizing solutions are built around a plan for circulation and now is the time to look at a very important one: seasonal rotation of clothes. Here are some thoughts on how to store seasonal clothes, how to store daily clothes, and products that make it all easier.

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Back To School Organizing

Back To School Organizing

Back To School Organizing School is in full swing and if it already looks like some of your organizing plans are running into trouble, here are some tips and products for five different areas of back to school organizing. Simplify the time management. A new school year is an opportunity to start over and when we do that, there is a tendency to want to “get it right this time.” And when that happens there is also a tendency for the pendulum to swing from one extreme to the other. Don’t start an elaborate time management system that you won’t be able to maintain. A large dry erase calendar, visibly located, makes a simple solution for the kids. Just limit it to major events. Too much information has the Where’s Waldo effect of overwhelm. Sticky notes get a bad rap because they don’t stick, but spend a little extra for the “Extra sticky” variety. Smaller ones can hold events for upcoming months and larger one’s can list parents’ simple daily targets. Again, don’t list everything, just the essentials. Maybe it’s vitamins […]

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Organizing Beyond the Toothbrush

Organizing Beyond the Toothbrush

To reliably access what you want, when you want it and to manage quantities, I have written about the showroom vs. stockroom model. I have thought of another way to demonstrate the same concept using the example of something most of are able to keep organized without any effort: the toothbrush.

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Energizing Your Closet

Energizing Your Closet

Last week I did a book review of Marie Kondo’s best-selling The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. This week I wanted to put one of her recommendations to the test. To energize your closet, she recommends taking 10 minutes to arrange your clothes from left to right in the order of heavy to light. This means longer and darker clothing should hang on the left and then work upward to lighter clothing on the right.

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Celebrating Freedom Though Organizing

Celebrating Freedom Though Organizing

Saturday we celebrate Independence Day and the birth of our country. This country grants us many freedoms, but it’s amazing the barriers we impose on ourselves. I have found organizing to be a great liberator.

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How To Organize What’s Most Important

How To Organize What’s Most Important

The best way to organize what’s MOST important is to start by organizing what’s LESS important. If that seems like it makes no sense, bear with me.

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Organizing Breathing Room into Your Systems

When I first started my organizing business, I called it Breathing Room. Back then I believed that breathing room is a highly desired result from getting organized. I still do. I also believe it is a vital component to organizing systems for both space and time.

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How to Stay Organized During a Move

How to Stay Organized During a Move

How to Stay Organized During a Move Today’s post is a guest-post from Roxy Barnes,  travel blogger and writer Moving into a new home has to be one of the most emotional experiences one can go through. It’s a time of change, usually big change. Whether someone in your family is taking a new job somewhere, moving to a summer house up north, moving because their loved one is in the military, to take care of an elderly parent, or for any other reason, getting and staying organized is not an easy task with everything else going on in life. Here are some helpful tips that can really make your life easier in a stressful time Packing Ahead is Key We all know it’s not the easiest thing to do before any move, but finding and making time to move all your clothes, books, cookware, and (dare I say) home clutter into boxes can save you loads of stress and fretful hurrying if you’re on a strict timeline. You can also pack up off-season clothes that you know you won’t […]

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Getting Organized: Save Dessert for Last

Getting Organized: Save Dessert for Last

The number one mistake people make, when trying to get organized, is to run out and buy containers, before they know exactly what they are containing. It’s certainly tempting. I mean look at that sampling of gorgeous containers picture to the right. They’re like candy. Like any dessert, they should be saved for last.

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