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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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Top 10 Closet Storage Do’s and Don’ts: #6

This is the sixth in a series of Top 10 Closet Storage Do’s and Don’ts. 6. DON’T store loose papers in shopping bags. The vast majority of paper I find in plastic shopping bags is garbage.  These bags tend to fall into the category I call “make-it-go-away” bags, which is not a good idea.  If, however, these bags are holding old archives and records you need to keep, it’s still not a good idea.  These bags can’t be quickly identified, if you actually do need to find some of the contents.  Also they are structureless, so the contents can’t be protected.  Finally, when things look like trash they tend to get treated that way. DO store archives in lidded boxes. If papers are worth archiving, make a modest effort to store them well.    First, empty those make-it-go-away bags and toss what you don’t need.  That might triple your storage space.  Second, don’t overorganize the old files you are hanging on to just-in-case, but do make a point of getting them into a lidded banker box and at least indicate the […]

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Top 10 Closet Storage Do’s and Don’ts: #1

With more people working from home and more families needing to squeeze another year out of a home that’s too small, there is a growing need to maximize storage space.  This is the first in a series of Top 10 Closet Storage Do’s and Don’ts. 1. DON’T waste vertical space. When storage space is at a premium, it is wasteful not to take full advantage of your closet’s height. No shelves make this difficult but underused shelves are a missed opportunity as well. Wasting vertical space may include the floor. Of course you want the floor of the closet open so that you can access the shelves, but an open closet floor tends to invite piles of shoes and other items, which compromise access. This can present a dilemma. DO store vertically. If you don’t have closet shelves the easiest shelf system I have found to install is the Elfa system available at The Container Store. Save the more decorative boxes for more visible areas. To maximize shelf space, use clear stackable boxes for lesser-used items and clear plastic drawers […]

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