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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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Basket Case

Basket Case

I am actually making a case against baskets. I realize that for many with visions of a home beautifully organized into pretty little matching baskets that this is organizing heresy, but hear me out.

More often than not, baskets are clutter traps. Items go in, but they don’t come out. We have a false sense of control because an ugly collection of items have been contained in a beautiful vessel. But

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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 of being helpful because of essentially two things:  they are inflexible and difficult to use. 1. All-in-one Date Book. What I’m talking about here (without giving away any brand names) are those big bulky binders that have your schedule, address book, metric conversion chart, calculator, and anything else they can think to pack in.  They’re padded, I guess so they won’t hurt so much when they land on your feet.  My main issue with these is that the larger something is, the less likely you are to bring it with you.  Alternative: I carry [an iPhone] everywhere, but any smartphone will do. With it I have my most up-to-date schedule and phone book in my pocket.  (It even has a […]

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Make Organizing Toys As Simple As Child’s Play

Toys can be one of the hardest things to organize and I think this comes down to three things: 1. We are hung up by convention 2. We expect the same from kids as we do from ourselves and 3. We keep toys too long. What follows are three toy organizing systems I don’t like, followed by three systems I do like. Don’t Like: The Toy Box A traditional toy box looks charming on the stage of “The Nutcracker,” but is not helpful in the 21st Century home. First, it’s a concealer and doesn’t invite use. Second, it’s too small for large toys and too large for toy pieces. Finally, it doesn’t take advantage of vertical space and in the event it can actually close, items that get stacked on top of it prevent access. Do Like: Dedicated Zones and Shelves I don’t think you can force kids to organize, but if you’ve got any chance to make it happen, your odds are increased by making it fun. For example, if your son loves big cars and trucks, section off […]

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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 trash bags. Trash bag contents tend to get mixed up with—well, trash. DO store items in clear boxes. I know that some might argue that there are greener choices than plastic containers. The clear plastic containers I recommend are #5 polypropylene. According to thegreenguide.com they “transmit no known chemicals, but you may have a more difficult time finding someone to recycle your #4 and #5 containers.” I would argue that there is significantly less reason to get rid of a clear plastic boxes than other organizing “solutions”. I believe accordion files and Easter baskets recycle just fine. Clear containers enable you to see what you have, increasing the likelihood that you will actually use the contents and decreasing the likelihood […]

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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.  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 of being helpful because of essentially two things:  they are inflexible and difficult to use. 1. All-in-one Date Book. What I’m talking about here (without giving away any brand names) are those big bulky binders that have your schedule, address book, metric conversion chart, calculator, and anything else they can think to pack in.  They’re padded, I guess so they won’t hurt so much when they land on your feet.  My main issue with these is that the larger something is, the less likely you are to bring it with […]

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