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Diversion Tunnels

Diversion Tunnels In 1931, work began on the Hoover Dam, but before one bucket of concrete could be poured into the dam, the mighty Colorado River had to be diverted through four massive tunnels. If your whole house needs some serious organizing, a lesson can be drawn from the Hoover Dam. Your colossal task also needs to begin with diversion tunnels, namely the garage and basement. These spaces tend to get little attention, until you run out of storage room for more important items in other parts of your home. Also, the likeliest candidates for disposal and donation tend to live in the garage and basement. By freeing up space in there, you are able to drain many of the seasonal and archive materials that may be clogging up the space in the rest of your home. In this economy I realize that many of us have to go the DIY route, so here are some useful tips: Have an Exit Strategy- Before you dive into the clutter, put together a simple game plan for where it’s all going to […]

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Sentimental Roadblocks

Originally from Matt Baier’s Organizing Works Newsletter, February 2008 Sentimental Roadblocks  Perhaps the most important reason I got into Organizing is because I have found it to be the most important ingredient in accomplishing goals.  Being organized means being ready.  It means living in the moment and being able to take those important steps forward into a brighter future.  When we are surrounded by clutter, however, we tend to get dragged backward, into the past.  The accumulation around us tends to represent unfinished business, unrealized dreams, and good intentions we never had time for.  It represents guilt, inadequacy, frustration, and other negative feelings that hold us back from where we need to go.  There may be days when you’d like to just chuck it all and start fresh, but you don’t.  There are many different reasons why you don’t but the one I’m going to talk about today is what I call Sentimental Roadblocks. Now don’t get me wrong.  There is nothing wrong with cherishing the past, but make sure you keep a special place for your keepsakes and that […]

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