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.

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 …

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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 …

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.  …