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3 Filing Supplies I Hate and Why

On the whole, I try to avoid negative posts, but I’ve had it these guys. The organizing solutions we provide, mostly come down to editing and approach, but sometimes they are purely structural. It could partly be that you are just using the wrong supplies. Over the last ten years of organizing, we have found these three culprits used in hundreds of homes, as indispensable organizing conventions. Indispensable they are not.

Hobbled

If being organized has been a lifelong challenge, then new habits are necessary to get and stay organized. Sometimes, however, organizing challenges can be overcome just by addressing the structures we choose. Staying organized requires easy, reliable movement from one stage to the next. Circulation prevents accumulation. Here are some examples of structures that we hobble ourselves with, just like a hobbled horse.

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My Least Favorite Organizing Products

My Least Favorite Organizing Products There is no rulebook for organizing products.  These are just my opinions based on my personal experiences and based on my observations of frustrated clients.  I apologize in advance if I am badmouthing your favorite organizing products(s), but maybe I can introduce you to some even better solutions.  Most of the following products fall short …

Knot Thinking

Knot Thinking A while back I wrote a post called Bungle In The Bundle, about how some familiar bundles hamper, rather than help, good organizing.  Actually, it’s more than just the bundles themselves that interfere, it’s the line of thinking that is not working.  I call this knot thinking. When you employ knot thinking, you think about knotting things up …

Top 10 Closet Storage Do’s and Don’ts: #3

This is the third in a series of Top 10 Closet Storage Do’s and Don’ts. 3. DON’T store items in opaque containers. Attractive boxes and baskets are intended for display-worthy spaces, not closets and other storage spaces. Colored plastic bins are good for hiding items, but not for organizing them. Under no circumstances should you store items of value in black …

My Least Favorite Organizing Products

Originally from Matt Baier’s Organizing Works Newsletter, July 2007 My Least Favorite Organizing Products This special edition of Organizing Works may get me in a lot of trouble, but it’s all meant in good fun.  There is no rulebook for organizing products.  These are just my opinions based on my personal experiences and based on my observations of frustrated clients.  …