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Mary Poppins’s Closet

Yesterday I engaged my entire family in cleaning out our entryway closet. We are lucky enough to have walk-in closets —  designed by California Closets before we bought the apartment  —  so it is actually possible to see everything that’s in there.  Therefore, I knew we had a few items that we could get rid of. Frankly, I am amazed at how much stuff we are giving away!

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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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Setting Up Your Desk Area

Once they have gotten rid of piles of paper and rediscovered the tops of their desks, clients often ask me what is the best way to set up their desk areas. Sit down at your desk and spread out your arms in all directions.  Any part of your desk that is at your fingertips is what I refer to as “prime real estate”.  Prime real estate should be reserved for those items that you use constantly. Make a list of…

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Don’t Let Your Stuff Crowd You Out!

You’ve all heard of Parkinson’s law, which states that work expands to fill the time available for its completion. Here is the Organizing Goddess’s corollary: Stuff expands to fill the space available for its storage. So how can you limit the amount of stuff and thus reduce clutter?  By limiting the space you make available to it, of course!

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