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Steal That Pile

When I go to a new client’s home or office, I see the inevitable pile of outdated reading material. It’s usually a collection of newspapers, magazines, professional journals, torn-out articles, and/or newsletters.  When I ask about the pile, the client says, “Oh, I am going to read that”. Looking at the bottom of the pile, I say, “The oldest item in this pile is from 2008.  Are you really planning to read that?”

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The Power of Labeling

Two of my basic organizing principles are:  (1) Every item must have a home, and (2) Keep like with like. By selecting a home for every item, you know where to look for it when you need it, and you know where to put it away when you are done.  By keeping like with like, you avoid creating multiple homes for similar things. I’ve discovered a great way to reinforce these two principles: labeling.

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One Bite at a Time

Are you vacationing at home this week and hoping to use the time to get organized? One of the biggest organizing mistakes that people make is thinking that a huge chunk of free time will solve their organizing issues once and for all.  They usually end up frustrated — and just as disorganized — by the end of it. So what’s the right way to tackle your organizing project?  The same way that you eat an elephant — one bite at…

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