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Father Away From Excess

Father Away From Excess

Yes, I know I left out an “r” in the title. It’s a bad pun, but that’s OK, because my father loved bad puns. On this Father’s Day, I remember my father fondly. There’s no other way to remember him. As this is an organizing blog, I want to talk about my minimalist roots that came from Dad.

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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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Simple Can Be Harder

“That’s been one of my mantras—focus and simplicity.  Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.  But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” –       Steve Jobs Steve Jobs’ passing represents a huge loss, but he leaves behind a tremendous legacy.  One could go on for hours about that legacy, but today I just want to address Job’s quote above, because it has a lot to do with effective organizing. Getting organized is always about taking the less important stuff out of the way so that you can get to the most important stuff.  This is what I have been most successful at helping people with.  The really challenging part, however, is setting up systems that depend on “focus and simplicity.” We can establish organizing systems that start with focus and simplicity, but they fall victim to the old habit of adding extra stuff that just interferes. This phenomenon can be illustrated by another cultural icon, Frasier.  In Episode 13, […]

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The Five Levels of Being Organized

Being organized means different things to different people, but I have discovered five essential levels of being organized. These levels are helpful to recognize because they explain why getting organized can be so time consuming and they explain why jumping from level zero to level 5 is pure fantasy. Level 1- cleared space My first stage in getting folks organized is to get a handle on the quantity of stuff they are keeping.  To do this, we first need to clear a generous amount of space to work.  Once we have reassigned the contents, we leave a clear floor and clear surfaces.  Our clients very often tell me “Wow, it feels great to be organized!”  Indeed, the openness doe feel great, but this is only the first step to being organized.  Without the next three levels, there is nothing to keep the clutter from returning. Level 2- dedicated zones Once you are clear on the quantity and category of stuff you are keeping, it is easier to establish realistic zones to keep them in.  Maybe you have collected a surprisingly […]

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