It is impossible to stay organized without action. If there’s no action on paying bills, the mail will pile up; if theres no action on the laundry, the clothes will pile up; etc. Certain points of compulsion are necessary to ensure that these actions happen.Read more →
The number one mistake people make, when trying to get organized, is to run out and buy containers, before they know exactly what they are containing. It’s certainly tempting. I mean look at that sampling of gorgeous containers picture to the right. They’re like candy. Like any dessert, they should be saved for last.Read more →
Thinking outside the box, of course, means thinking creatively outside of conventional constraints. I’d like to make a case for thinking inside the box. I’m not referring to a conceptual box, but an actual physical box. To be creative, you definitely want to think outside the conceptual box, but, to get organized, let’s get back to the box.Read more →
To understand what it takes to stay organized, it might be helpful to change the spelling of the word itself. The word “go” needs to be at the heart “organized.” To be truly organized, you need to be or-GO-nized.
I know the definition of organizing, but I haven’t found a satisfying word origin. 1375-1425, late Middle English from the Medieval Latin organizare- to contrive, arrange— is not doing it for me.Read more →
The biggest challenge with organizing a living room is to get clear on its purpose. Unlike a bathroom which has fairly limited purposes, a living room can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. It’s important to limit its purposes, because an ALL purpose room can quickly become a NO purpose room, buried in clutter. If you are having a hard time keeping your living room organized, the best place to start is to rethink it’s purpose by asking yourself a series of questions about your lifestyle. A place of work or a place of leisure? A living room is typically a shared space so it’s important to consider the noise level. If the kids need to focus on their homework in the living room then having the TV and video games in the same space hardly makes sense. If, on the other hand, the music from your entertainment unit contributes to your relaxation then it does make sense in the same room you do your reading. Formal or informal? The living room is a […]Read more →
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.Read more →
Originally from Matt Baier’s Organizing Works Newsletter, April 2007 FOCUS ON FILING, PART 1: THE FILE CYCLE “80% of papers that are filed are never referenced again.” Small Business Association Do you sometimes feel like you don’t know where to begin when your desk is covered in papers? If it was simply a matter of tossing it all in the trash you would have done that already. They ARE all important, but as soon as you start addressing one of them, another more pressing one grabs your attention, then you need a supporting document, but you can’t find it in your file cabinet. It must be in one of your “to file” piles, but that might have been buried under last week’s mail. Sound familiar? If it does, you’re not alone. There are many reasons why filing can be challenging: Your file cabinet may not be accessible enough; your system may be too complicated or confusing; you may not trust your file cabinet; or you may believe you will never get to anything unless it is out where you can see […]Read more →