Being organized does not necessarily mean that you accomplish everything faster. Being organized, however, does require that you help yourself by establishing actionable areas to make your finished goals easier. I call these actionable areas, launch pads. Here are some examples of some key launch pads to keep in a typical household.
A golf ball is placed on a tee, so that the ball is in a position that it can be struck cleanly. Teeing up is a step that is taken so the next step is easier. Effective organizing systems need to be, not only a series of stages, but a series of stages that are each “teed up” for each subsequent stage. For example, if your system for organizing the ugly mail is hiding it in a pretty basket, you have not teed up the next stage well.
Want to make your home more inviting? The dining table is usually a great place to start. If it’s piled with mail, schoolwork, and crafts then it’s not very welcoming. To keep your table clear and inviting, it helps to think of it as a runway at the FedEx “Super Hub” at Memphis International Airport. The most valuable organizing tool is a clear surface for processing.
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 [...]
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, August 2007 TOP 10 GOLDEN RULES OF STORAGE A couple weeks ago Real Simple magazine contacted me, requesting [...]
Originally from Matt Baier's Organizing Works Newsletter, May 2007 FOCUS ON FILING, PART 2: USER-FRIENDLY FILING The AVERAGE executive wastes one hour a day looking [...]
Originally from Matt Baier's Organizing Works Newsletter, October 2006 WHY IS CLUTTER LIKE A VAMPIRE? “80 percent of what we keep we never use.” -Barbara Hemphill, [...]