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Organizing A Wider Cast, To Last

Organizing A Wider Cast, To Last

We usually get called in for organizing help over a fairly limited problem: a cluttered garage, a pile of papers, or to-do’s not getting to done. It’s good to have a starting point, because it means that you have chosen a priority. However, to make the organizing last longer requires reaching a little further.

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Organizing Lessons From the Boutique

Organizing Lessons From the Boutique

After we have purged the excess stuff from a client’s home, we have a conversation about how best to organize and store what’s left. This involves a discussion about the showroom vs. stockroom approach, which I have written about before. This time, I want to revisit the showroom vs. stockroom approach, with the aid of two useful images.

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Getting Organized for 2014

Getting Organized for 2014

Getting organized is a very popular New Year’s resolution, but like so many resolutions, it can be a very difficult one to keep, without some simple guidelines. Here are some simple guidelines.

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How Dedicated Zones Work

How Dedicated Zones Work “Dedicated Zone” is an expression professional organizers (like me) throw around a lot, but what exactly does it mean and how does it work? A dedicated zone is an area, as small as a drawer or as large as a room, that one reserves exclusively for one category.  The dedicated zone should be determined at the END of a purging process.  Unless you are clear on the quantity of a category you want to keep, in relation to the other categories you want to keep, it doesn’t make sense to choose the size of a dedicated zone.  Your choice will probably too big or too small. Let’s take crafts for example.  Unless you look at all your craft materials all at once and make some choices about what should stay and what should go, it’s hard to know how much space to dedicate to them. Perhaps you’ve started a home-based business and you need more space for an office and have less time for doing crafts.  After evaluating the balance, you may determine that you can […]

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The Right Sort

The Right Sort

When speaking of people, “the right sort” tends to have a very nasty usage, but when speaking of excess stuff, “the right sort” is the best way to get some really good organizing started.

Typically, when one resolves to organize a cluttered basement or home office, there is a tendency to throw out not enough of what needs to go, too much of what shouldn’t go, and put the keepers into systems that won’t last. All of this can be solved by good sorting practices.

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Organizing, A Month At A Time

Getting organized is a very popular New Year’s resolution, but it’s much easier said than done.  A great way to approach it is to focus on organizing one room at a time.  This is particularly helpful if you have a plan for matching the right month with the right room.  Here is just such a plan.  Links to organizing each of these rooms can be found at the end of each segment. January Basement It’s time to put those holiday decorations away and make a fresh start.  While you’re at it, there’s probably lots of stuff in the basement that you’ve kept from years past and just don’t need in 2011.   Let them go.  This will make it easier to find what you need.  Even if you store your Christmas in the attic, you still might want to start with the basement, as it is likelier to be heated! http://mattbaier.com/2009/12/holiday-undecorating/ February Home Office 1: Clutter Tax day is a couple months away, so do yourself a favor and ease into it. The most valuable organizing tool is a clear work […]

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Reaching Goals

Reaching Goals

Originally from Matt Baier’s Organizing Works Newsletter, January 2009

REACHING GOALS

January is the month we like to make a fresh start. Getting organized is a very popular New Year’s resolution and this month I would like talk specifically about how to stick to the goals we set. These goals can be as small as focusing on “simple” errands or as large as creating a website.

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Backsliding

Originally from Matt Baier’s Organizing Works Newsletter, October 2007 BACKSLIDING Since we don’t become instantly DISorganized, we can’t expect to become instantly organized.  Oh sure, we can shove all our clutter into a closet and give the illusion of control, but to get truly organized and STAY organized a process is required.  As many of you know by now, I believe there is no better process than Julie Morgenstern’s S.P.A.C.E. acronym which is divided into 5 stages:  1.    Sort 2.    Purge 3.    Assign 4.    Containerize 5.    Equalize The subject of this newsletter is about a discouraging phenomenon that can happen after each one of these stages:  BACKSLIDING.  Here are six easy tips to prevent backsliding. 1. Boxes not Piles.  To keep your sorted clutter from literally sliding into each other, sort it in labeled boxes.  I favor lidded bankers boxes because they are a good carrying size and they can be stacked between organizing sessions.  Also the lids discourage the casual dropping in of inappropriate candidates. 2. Label for Someone Else.  When I sort into boxes, I may appear to […]

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