Open Space is Not Empty

We run into a lot of clients who seem to have fear of open space and I find it to be counterproductive to sustainable organizing systems.

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Organizing Clothes for Storage

All of my organizing solutions are built around a plan for circulation and now is the time to look at a very important one: seasonal rotation of clothes. Here are some thoughts on how to store seasonal clothes, how to store daily clothes, and products that make it all easier.

The Organizing Odd Couple

The opposite of out of sight, out of mind is in sight and in mind, but that’s often seen as a bad thing for organizing. If all your floors and surfaces are covered in clutter, it’s overwhelming and stressful, but the exact opposite is not a good thing either. Good organizing is about striking the right balance between what is hidden and what is seen.

Are Vampires Lurking in Your Closet?

Last week a woman was giving me a tour of all the organizing challenges in her home and when we came to a closet upstairs, I asked her, “can I see what’s in here?” She said “Oh, I don’t want to show you that. It’s a DISASTER!” After explaining to her that I was in the disaster business, she let me have a look.

Closet Impossible?

I have taken rather ruthless measures in an effort to get my clients’ wardrobes to match the capacity of their closets.  The measures I take on myself are no less ruthless. Yup, that’s my closet to the right.  ALL of it. Perhaps you have heard the Pareto Principle applied to closets before.  You know, we wear 20% of our clothes …

The ABC’s of Storage

Here’s a multiple choice question.  Fill in the blank with the best choice. “Just put it away in the_______________.” A.  Attic B. Basement C.  Closet D.  All of the above. Of course the correct answer is “D.”  Attics, basements, and closets are our storage friends.  All too often, however, they turn into forgotten wastelands.  It doesn’t have to be this …

Bedroom Organizing

You work hard so you deserve to have a peaceful sanctuary to retreat to every night. The right paint, drapes, and other décor can put you in a relaxing frame of mind, but first be sure you have a plan for quieting the clutter. Relaxation Dedication. We spend a third of our lives asleep, so it is appropriate to devote …

Top 10 Closet Storage Do’s and Don’ts: #5

This is the fifth in a series of Top 10 Closet Storage Do’s and Don’ts. 5. DON’T store regular small items in lidded boxes. Sometimes I’m in homes where there is no shortage of nice square, lidded, even clear boxes, but there is still a lack of organization.  What’s missing?  Accessibility.  Stackable boxes aren’t for everything.  They make the best use …

Top 10 Closet Storage Do’s and Don’ts: #4

This is the fourth entry in the series  Top 10 Closet Storage Do’s and Don’ts. 4. DON’T store ANYTHING in a rounded basket with a handle. I know how it goes.  A friend gives you a beautiful gift basket and when it’s emptied, you just can’t bear to part with it.  “Surely I can find SOMETHING to put in it.” …

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 …

Top 10 Closet Storage Do’s and Don’ts: #1

With more people working from home and more families needing to squeeze another year out of a home that’s too small, there is a growing need to maximize storage space.  This is the first in a series of Top 10 Closet Storage Do’s and Don’ts. 1. DON’T waste vertical space. When storage space is at a premium, it is wasteful …

Why is Clutter Like a Vampire?

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, Agency Sales Magazine, 4/1/03 Most of us hang on to much more stuff than we need, but few of us want our homes and offices to LOOK that way.  So what do we do?  We …