In this video, I explain how organizing by category helps you stay clear on WHY you keep a file and for HOW LONG to keep it. I also show you how to always keep plenty of room in your file drawer for incoming files.
After we have purged the excess stuff from a client’s home, we have a conversation about how best to organize and store what’s left. This involves a discussion about the showroom vs. stockroom approach, which I have written about before. This time, I want to revisit the showroom vs. stockroom approach, with the aid of two useful images.
It's only natural to want to make a fresh start in the upcoming New Year. Now is the perfect time to clear out your stuff from 2008 and create space for the new possibilities of 2009. This installment of Organizing Works is dedicated to getting rid of those old papers in your home or office. Sure, it may seem like an overwhelming task, but it's surprisingly manageable if you know what to do and what NOT to do. Here are three tips for starters:
As an Organizer, I find the term "negative space" misleading. In design, negative space is the white area that falls between the dark "positive spaces." Perhaps the most familiar example of negative space can be seen in the FedEx logo. As many of you have noticed by now, there is an arrow in the white space between the "e" and the "x." That forward pointing arrow is negative space, but since it is such a perfectly POSITIVE symbol for FedEx it is hardly negative, in the bad sense. The same holds true for staying organized.
Originally from Matt Baier's Organizing Works Newsletter, March 2008 Dedicated Spaces I know I'm not the first Professional Organizer to talk about dedicated spaces and that's for a very good reason. While there are many different ways to GET organized there is no better way to STAY organized than to recognize dedicated spaces.
Originally from Matt Baier's Organizing Works Newsletter, November 2007 Target Your Office Does your desk ever get piled with so many things to do that you don't feel like you can do ANY of them? If so, you're not alone. Just looking at that pile can stress you out before you even start work! Would you be willing to try something new in order to avoid this daily stress?