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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: #2

This is the second in a series of Top 10 Closet Storage Do’s and Don’ts. 2. DON’T fill every last gap in your closet. Packing everything you can into your closet does not make you organized. I have maintained that it is wasteful not to take advantage of vertical space in your closet, but it is equally wasteful to compromise find-ability and accessibility, which is an inevitablility when it’s all crammed in. DO leave room for accessibility. If you are keeping something you don’t need to be able to find, access, or use, you probably don’t need it at all. Disposing or donating items that no longer serves you well may be the best answer to getting your closet back. Prioritize what you are keeping. Seasonal and archive materials should be kept on upper shelves or in the back of a closet. On the other hand, items you need all the time should be located at, or just below, eye level, in clear, labeled drawers, where appropriate. Items whose frequency is somewhere in between should be located somewhere in between. When […]

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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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Focus on Filing, Part 3: The Finer Points

Originally from Matt Baier’s Organizing Works Newsletter, June 2007 Focus On Filing, Part 3: The Finer Points For want of a Nail the Shoe was lost; for want of a Shoe the Horse was lost; and for want of a Horse the Rider was lost; being overtaken and slain by the Enemy, all for want of Care about a Horse-shoe Nail.  ~Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack, June 1758 As you can see from this month’s quote, details DO matter.  This is as true for user-friendly filing as it is for horseback riding.  Perhaps saying details matter seems to contradict my February attack on perfectionism, but it doesn’t.  The point is to observe the important details that prevent you from getting slowed by all the fussy aesthetic details that don’t.  What follows is a list of helpful filing details, to be used in conjunction with the filing guidelines from my last two newsletters.  Any one of these details may save an important document from being lost in much the same way that a simple horse-shoe nail would prevent the rider from […]

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