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Good Organizing Means Good Sharing

Good Organizing Means Good Sharing

We’ve all heard the classic organizing mantra “a place for everything and everything in its place.” That may be a good place to start, but to truly benefit from being organized, it’s necessary to push that goal a little further.

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5 Places to Learn the Lesson of Less

5 Places to Learn the Lesson of Less

Overwhelmed with too much stuff to do? Get rid of some stuff you own! Why? It comes down to this very simple rule:
The more stuff you have, the more stuff you have to do. Here are five examples:

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Why Your Junk Drawer Needs a Super Fat-Busting Diet

Why Your Junk Drawer Needs a Super Fat-Busting Diet

I have spoken before about rethinking the need for a junk drawer, but today I want to address perhaps the most important thing you can put in any drawer: open space.

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Organizing Advice From Tio Sancho

Organizing Advice From Tio Sancho

There was a TV ad that ran in 1983 for Tio Sancho Tacos, in which Tio himself boldly declares that his tacos “don’t fall apart, so they taste great.” A schlubby guy from off camera says, “I don’t see the connection.” Tio invites the schlub over to try his (inferior) brand taco on camera while Tio tries his (superior) taco. They each take a bite and the schlub’s taco explodes all over his shirt. He tastes nothing. Tio smugly asks “How is yours?” The schlub answers “I don’t know. It fell apart.” Tio gloats, “Really? Mine is delicious.” So what does this 31 year old taco commercial have to do with organizing?

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A New Theory on Tossing Old Clutter

A New Theory on Tossing Old Clutter

There are a lot of reasons for why it is hard to toss our excess stuff, that I have discussed in this blog. For example, there’s clutter from the past that holds sentimental value and there’s clutter for the future that we might need “someday.” Today, however, I want to share a new theory on why we keep clutter, that I don’t believe has ever been addressed before. I call it the check register theory. Here it is.

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Organizing Social Media For Action

Organizing Social Media For Action

A while back I wrote a guest post on my friend, Brian Bish’s blog about organizing social media. Most of what I addressed was how Brian got my social media more organized through Hootsuite. This was great for establishing a manageable, weekly foundation, but I discovered I wasn’t good at the next and most important step: social interaction.

Again, I needed a simple, manageable plan, so I had Brian return this morning to help me with one. What struck me is how much his advice for effective social media is the same as the advice I give for staying organized. Here are some examples.

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January 2014, Greenwich Magazine

January 2014, Greenwich Magazine

Need help getting organized for 2014? You are not alone. Clutter has a way of creeping up on us all. Whether it be tackling the closet, your basement or desk files sometimes it’s best to call a professional.

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Organizing Fairy Dust

Organizing Fairy Dust

In my last blog post, I gave some examples of the science of organizing. I explained that what we do is not magic, it’s science. This time, I thought it would be fun to look at some of the magical ideas I have encountered over the years about organizing and professional organizers. I call these ideas organizing fairy dust.

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Thinking Inside the Box

Thinking Inside the Box

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.

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“I’m Too Creative To Be Organized!”

"I’m Too Creative To Be Organized!"

There are a lot of legitimate mental barriers to being organized, but being creative is not one of them. Sorry, I’m not buying it. Why do I say this? I say this because I’m creative. In fact, I am more naturally creative than I am organized. I’m not bragging. Put a spreadsheet in front of me and I’m an idiot. Back to creativity.

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