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Organizing Shades of Grey in the Kitchen

Organizing Shades of Grey in the Kitchen

One of the problems my clients tend to have with organizing is that they to see everything in black and white. Whether an item is extremely valuable or completely useless, it’s easy to find a home for it. The real challenge comes with all the shades of grey in between.

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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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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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Showroom vs. Stockroom

Several people have contacted me recently to tell me that their kitchens and pantries are driving them crazy. I addressed kitchen organizing in a recent blog, but storage for the kitchen and the pantry can best be summarized with an approach I call showroom vs. stockroom. Consider the typical clothes shopping experience. There is a nice variety of clothes attractively displayed within a few steps of each other. That’s what you want in your kitchen with your food and cookware. In the clothes store, the reason you get a nice variety of clothes is because the number of different items is LIMITED. If you had to look at the entire inventory, you would be overwhelmed and walk out. That’s why there is a stockroom in the back. To keep your kitchen manageable, keep the number of same items in it limited. Save the bulk purchases for the pantry and/or basement. You can think of them as your personal stockroom. It is more important that the showroom clothes are open and accessible while the stockroom clothes are more closed and store-able, […]

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