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To get organized and stay organized, STRUCTURE matters.  I have often said that to STAY organized you need organizing systems made up of two components: an easy habit and an appropriate structure. To GET organized also requires structure.  This is what I call cluttertecture. To get a cluttered room under control, it’s impossible to jump directly to finished systems. Getting organized needs to be done in reliable stages. This can be achieved through effective cluttertecture. Here are some examples. 1. Roadways. You could call this clutter infrastructure. In extreme cases of clutter, you must firstclear pathways to work effectively. Processing clutter often requires more than one person and it demands a certain speed to generate a momentum. This combination can be dangerous if there are obstacles to trip over, so keep the roadways clear. 2. Runways. I’ve often said the most important tool for STAYING organized is a clear surface. This is also true for GETTING organized. After you clear some safe paths, a generous work surface should be the next thing you clear off.  This is where the clutter will be […]

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All Systems Go!

Originally from Matt Baier’s Organizing Works Newsletter, January 2008  ALL SYSTEMS GO! “Never mind all this ‘Sort-and-Purge’ nonsense, just give me some SYSTEMS to keep me organized!”  O.K., no one has ever actually spoken these words to me, but I hear this sentiment all the time in questions like: “What can I buy?” “Where does this go?” “Why can’t I stay organized?” I’m sure that many of you have been frustrated when I answer these questions by saying things like: Systems come at the END of the organizing process. Don’t ask WHERE to put something.  Ask WHY you are keeping it. You can’t hope to STAY organized without user-friendly systems. So be it!  LET’S TALK SYSTEMS. Organizing systems consist of a simple formula: Appropriate STRUCTURE + Easy HABIT = Effective SYSTEM BOTH structure and habit are necessary for a system to work well. This formula applies to all organizing systems, but let’s look at the example of laundry.  Every good organizing solution allows for easy circulation, because, as I’ve often said, CIRCULATION prevents ACCUMULATION.  So let’s consider how easily your […]

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