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Clear Thoughts For 2010

I have devoted these blogs to the subject of HOW to clear clutter, but I haven’t written much on WHY to clear it. As we begin the new year, it is a good time to look at our motivations for getting organized. The best commentary I have found on how clutter affects you comes from Karen Kingston’s 1998 classic “Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui.” It still rings true in 2010.  Here are some excerpts. Most people have no idea how much their clutter affects them. You may actually fondly believe yours to be an asset, or at least a potential asset, after it has been sorted through and organized. It is only when you start clearing it out that you will realize how much better you feel without it. Here are some effects to watch for: Having Clutter Can Make You Feel Tired and Lethargic Most people who have clutter say they can’t find the energy to begin to clear it. They constantly feel tired. But the stagnant energy that stacks up around clutter actually causes tiredness and lethargy. […]

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Negative Space

Negative Space

As an Organizer, I find the term “negative space” misleading. In design, negative space is the white area that falls between the dark “positive spaces.” Perhaps the most familiar example of negative space can be seen in the FedEx logo. As many of you have noticed by now, there is an arrow in the white space between the “e” and the “x.” That forward pointing arrow is negative space, but since it is such a perfectly POSITIVE symbol for FedEx it is hardly negative, in the bad sense. The same holds true for staying organized.

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