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An Organizing Lesson From The White Stripes

An Organizing Lesson From The White Stripes

One of the things I say a lot is limitations breed freedom. I’ve written several posts that demonstrate the value of this paradox , but here’s an example you might not expect: The White Stripes.

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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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Out The Door-ganizing

Once you have purged the stuff in your home down to a manageable quantity, there is no more important practice to stay organized than to establish DEDICATED ZONES.  These are areas in your home (or office) that are dedicated to one purpose and nothing else.  The stricter you are, the easier it will be to stay organized.  Perhaps the most vital dedicated zone of all is the exit zone. I realize the word “strict” has the negative connotations of a schoolmarm with tightly pulled back hair and a ruler at the ready to whack you across the knuckles when you step out of line, but “strict” can be your friend.  I firmly believe in the paradox that limitations breed freedom. Take the example of the exit zone.   Near your front door you may have a small table, shelf, or counter, like the one pictured.    This is prime real estate, not to be squandered.  Tchotchkes, clothing, and incoming mail can all go elsewhere, but there is no better place to collect items that you want to make a point of remembering […]

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