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At the Moment of Need

At the Moment of Need

If you find yourself not having the right item for the right need at the most critical times. Here are my top three recommendations:
1. Edit
2. Edit
3. Edit
If everything is important than nothing is important. The less you have to remember, the more likely you are to remember it.

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Why I Hate Rubber Bands

Why I Hate Rubber Bands I guess it all started in my dear Mom’s kitchen.  She would collect various shapes and sizes of used rubber bands on the kitchen faucet.  I just hated the way it looked.  Mom was thrilled that she was she could always lay her hands on a rubber band.  Indeed, the most useful organizing system she had was for finding the most useless organizing convention I can think of. As a child, I couldn’t articulate what it was about that I didn’t like about rubber bands, but as a professional organizer I can.  Some kinds of containers help you GET organized and others help you STAY organized.  Rubber bands do neither. Any of my clients will tell you, my favorite containers for GETTING organized are banker boxes and Ziploc bags.  The banker boxes are a good size for sorting, they are stackable, reusable, and you can affix a label to them.  Ziploc bags are great because you can see what’s inside of them, including a label to clarify the contents further.  Both of these solutions are […]

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Eat, Drink, and Be Organized!

Coalhouse Pizza is the most wonderful thing to happen to my corner of Stamford since I moved here.   This blog, however, is not a restaurant review.  It is your key to unlocking clutter.  So what does Coalhouse Pizza have to do with organizing? On Tuesday Coalhouse Pizza featured a beer dinner, five courses of delicious pairings of gourmet food and varieties of  Stone Brewing beer.  I was in heaven.  This foodie/beer boy did not, however, leave the organizer in me at home.  I was blown away by how well organized the event was! Of course, I’m biased, but I believe the success of the operation was down to one MVP:  clear work surfaces.   Now don’t get me wrong, the planning, the prep work, the team work and the management (Captain Gerard rocks!) were all first rate and indispensable, but in terms of reliable systems to deliver all these features, the clear work surfaces were the unsung heroes. In past posts I’ve made no secret of the fact that I believe there is no better organizing tool than a clear work […]

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Circulation Prevents Accumulation

Circulation Prevents Accumulation This is the big one.  This is the trunk of the tree from which all my other organizing philosophies branch out.  But what exactly do I mean by circulation? A truly effective organizing system must circulate freely, just as your body’s blood supply must circulate freely.   In both cases, when there’s a blockage there’s a problem.  It’s also important to note that the circulatory system moves forward in stages.  It advances forward to the next valve, then it stops and moves forward to the next and so on, but it is a reliable circular flow forward. Let’s compare this to the daily mail.  When it piles up on the dining table, it can be overwhelming and it can easily lead to trouble like bills not getting paid, opportunities missed, and late fees.  The opposite extreme would be to pay the bills the same day they come in.  I admire people who can do this, but for most of us that’s not practical.   What IS manageable is to move the bills FORWARD to the next stage, the next […]

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