Book Excerpt: Circulation in the Exit

What follows is an excerpt from my best-selling book “The Circulation Solution: The Ultimate Organizing Approach For Lasting Clutter Relief.” This excerpt is from the “Circulation in the Exit” chapter. In it, I mention that there are two parts to organizing: getting organized and staying organized. This addresses the exit door and the donation depot for staying organized. Exit Plan …

Koova Garage Organizer: Product Review

I have finally found the right balance for larger tool storage with the Koova Garage Organizer.  There is a variety of garage storage items that I refer to as “awkwards.” These include things like bicycles, garden tools, and golf bags. I have recommended more comprehensive garage systems for many awkwards. However, what I have needed in my garage is just …

Circulation in the Kitchen

The official launch date of my book, “The Circulation Solution,” is this coming Monday the 18th. In the meantime, here is an excerpt from Chapter 2, “Circulation in the Kitchen.” Why is there an illustration of a showroom and a stockroom in a chapter about the kitchen? Read on! I used up the first example of circulation prevents accumulation already …

Book Excerpt: Circulation in the Mail

What follows is an excerpt from my upcoming book “The Circulation Solution: The Ultimate Organizing Approach For Lasting Clutter Relief.” The focus of this chapter is on how to circulate the daily mail in a series of manageable, reliable steps. Despite the option for electronic bill paying, and despite the new online advertising and online catalogs, we receive more paper …

Just the Organizing Systems Please!

One of the things that I often hear from new clients is, “I’ll do the purging. I just need you to set up the systems.” This comes from that assumption that organizing is all about “toss the excess, contain the rest.” Yes, it IS important to recognize that effective organizing has two parts, getting organized and systems to stay organized. …

What I’ve Learned in 15 Years of Professional Organizing

Sunday, September 1, 2019 marks 15 years since I officially opened for business as a professional organizer. In September 2004, I was doing business as Breathing Room. That is what I wanted my organizing to give people. However, it wasn’t long before I changed it to Matt Baier Organizing. That way, you never forget my name and what I do. …

An Eco-Friendly Guide to Getting Rid of Your Unwanted Clutter

Today’s blog is guest post from Haley Kieser. One of the best feelings is walking into a clean, organized home–and knowing you live there. But reaching this utopian-like state can seem impossible, or even downright irresponsible with the news of climate change and overflowing landfills trending on social media. You brought this stuff into your home, now it’s your job …

6 Tips to Get Organized Fast

September 1, 2019 will mark 15 years since I started my professional organizing business. In those 15 years, I have learned a lot about how to get organized faster. Here are my top 6 tips to get organized fast. 1. Establish Exit Zones Organizing depends on prioritizing. That includes de-prioritizing. Before you can create sustainable systems, you must declutter the …

Get Your Closet Organizing All S.E.T

The best way to get your closet organizing all set is by striking the right balance. I’m talking about a balance of three organizing factors, represented by S, E, and T.  “S” stands for space and “T” stands for time. You might have guessed the organizing factors of space and time, so what does the “E” stand for? “E” stands …

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The Most Fundamental Organizing Rule

Want a really simple rule to apply to all organizing? It’s this: REVEAL, DON’T CONCEAL. Sound obvious? If it is, odds are good that you are already organized. Even if you are not organized, you may be saying “Well, duh!” Still, I’d like to share some clients’ organizing practices, where they hide things from themselves. Opaque Containers You know those …

How To Love Your Kitchen Space

Does your kitchen always seem to be a mess? Does it cause you anxiety? I want to share some thoughts on how to love your kitchen space. My focus is on space because we tend to under-appreciate the role of space. Oh sure, most of us agree that it’s nice to have space. We look at it as what’s left …

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My Best Minimalist Habits

Minimalism is a way of life that starts with a reexamination of priorities. This reexamination is a formidable project. You must get your possessions down to a manageable quantity and settle on intentional goals. Once you get to this point, you will need minimalist habits to maintain your goals. That said, these minimalist habits are also useful in guiding you …

Get Organized For Downsizing

There are many things to consider when you get organized for downsizing, including finding the right resources. Of all the other things to consider, there is an approach that I believe stands above the rest. That approach is always making decisions with next steps in mind. For every item that you review in your home you have several choices to …

A Downsizing Menu for Fairfield County

Downsizing options in Fairfield can be like ordering from a menu: A la carte or prix fixe. Where you may spend more on individual services, you can save money by skipping unneeded services. If you do need a full service option then a move manager may be a better value. However, for help in just a few key areas, a …

Storing Keepsakes

A while back, I wrote a post on organizing keepsakes. It was really more focused on getting your keepsakes organized. This post focuses more on tips for storing keepsakes. Clarify keepsake category The first step to storing keepsakes is to recognize that you have them! As a reminder, we are talking about items that you are keeping strictly for sentimental …

Why Your Garage’s Floor May Be Its Greatest Asset

There are a lot of of great garage storage products out there.  The MVP, however, might be something that you may think of as nothing. In my last post, I discussed when empty is golden. This certainly includes an empty garage floor. Here are three reasons why  your garage floor may be its greatest asset. Protect Your Car! Do you …