To begin organizing, you must clarify your priorities and edit out the excess clutter in your home or office. To do this effectively, it is helpful to first establish some very general categories and quickly sort items into them.
It’s not uncommon for clients to ask us to work our organizing magic in several rooms in their home—in one day. Our magic doesn’t come from jumping from one stepping-stone to the next, across the house. It comes from building steps and climbing up to the next level.
My wonderful clients know I have one simple rule at the Decision Table: “Nothing stays on the table.” When sorting a large quantity of stuff, it is important to recognize that EVERYTHING has a category and, therefore, a plan forward. Some categories, like “toss” and “donate” are obvious, but to keep the momentum going, you need more options. Here are a few.
Effective organizing begins with assigning basic categories, but "important" is NOT a category. It may be tempting to think, "I'll just keep all my 'important stuff' together in one safe place and take my chances with the rest of it." This is not a safe practice. Here are 5 reasons why. 1. "Important" changes with time. If this is the one system that makes you feel safe then the odds are very good that you don't have a system for disposing of once-important items
Originally from Matt Baier's Organizing Works Newsletter, April 2008 THE ANNUAL PURGE I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. CIRCULATION PREVENTS ACCUMULATION. What better time [...]