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Originally from Matt Baier’s Organizing Works Newsletter, October 2007 BACKSLIDING Since we don’t become instantly DISorganized, we can’t expect to become instantly organized.  Oh sure, we can shove all our clutter into a closet and give the illusion of control, but to get truly organized and STAY organized a process is required.  As many of you know by now, I believe there is no better process than Julie Morgenstern’s S.P.A.C.E. acronym which is divided into 5 stages:  1.    Sort 2.    Purge 3.    Assign 4.    Containerize 5.    Equalize The subject of this newsletter is about a discouraging phenomenon that can happen after each one of these stages:  BACKSLIDING.  Here are six easy tips to prevent backsliding. 1. Boxes not Piles.  To keep your sorted clutter from literally sliding into each other, sort it in labeled boxes.  I favor lidded bankers boxes because they are a good carrying size and they can be stacked between organizing sessions.  Also the lids discourage the casual dropping in of inappropriate candidates. 2. Label for Someone Else.  When I sort into boxes, I may appear to […]

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