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 …

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.