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Is Your Closet V.A.L.I.D.?

Originally from Matt Baier’s Organizing Works Newsletter, May 2009 IS YOUR CLOSET V.A.L.I.D.? Without a plan, a closet can be like a black hole, where stuff goes in but never comes out.  But unlike a black hole, a closet has its limits.  When you run out of space in your storage closet, your stuff has to go somewhere else.  The result: annoying piles on floors and surfaces.  Here’s a five point checklist to test if your closet plan is V.A.L.I.D.: V is for Visible.  The easier it is to see what you have, the easier it is to use it. Clearly labeled clear containers will optimize visibility.  The most important items to find should be placed at eye level. A is for Accessible.  Frequently used items should be located front and center, preferably in clearly labeled drawers for everything below eye level. L is for Local.  As much as possible, closet contents should be located closest to where they are used.  For example, sheets should be close to the bedroom, food should be close to the kitchen, etc. I is […]

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Safe Harbors

Originally from Matt Baier’s Organizing Works Newsletter, June 2008 SAFE HARBORS One of the most familiar complaints I hear from my clients is that they waste countless hours looking for important things they need all the time.  Some of the usual suspects are glasses, cell phones, wallets, date books, and keys.  I certainly can’t guarantee that you will never lose these items again, but you can increase your odds significantly by creating and using what I call SAFE HARBORS.  What follows are seven useful tips to create those safe harbors.  These apply to all of the above examples, but I am going to focus on the first item on the list: glasses. 1. Choose Wisely.  A safe harbor should be convenient.  Don’t just choose a spot because it is empty.  If you do find an empty spot, it is probably empty because it is inaccessible.  Consider, for example, freeing up space on the convenient table near the door by moving the framed photos to the inaccessible empty shelf.   Also, avoid a solution that requires you to put your glasses in […]

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