Nov 06

Clothing Decision Flowchart Free Resource

Your closet’s a packed mess and you know you’ve got to get rid of some stuff, but which stuff? It’s hard to be objective about clothes, especially when they represent something aspirational or nostalgic. I created this flowchart to make it easier to objectively evaluate your wardrobe so you aren’t… more >

Aug 07

5 Small Steps to Solve Your Biggest Organizing Problems

Problem #1 I’m drowning in papers!  Do it today: Stop junk and unwanted mail from coming in, then set up an incoming paper system before you work on clearing the backlog. Having a filing system already set up gives you a place to put those papers as you sort them. Problem #2 I never have… more >

Jul 03

The 3 One Minute Tasks That Will Change Your Life

Morning: make your bed. It may seem inconsequential, but it sets the tone for your whole day. Noon: file and delete emails. I only keep super important things that have to get done asap in my inbox. For others, I have @Do and @Read folders (the @ symbol bumps them… more >

Jan 23

Wednesday Tip: File Clothes for Better Access and Visibility

Instead of rooting around in a clothing explosion, try folding and filing your clothes.  This method works great in dressers (especially ones with deep, abyss-type drawers), and can also be applied to open bins on shelves.  You can read the complete step-by-step instructions for how to organize your clothes by filing… more >

Jan 16

Wednesday Tip: Sort Clothes by Type or Use, Then by Color

When you reorganize your closet or dresser, it’s essential to think about how you wear your clothes.  Do you have clearly separate work vs non-work clothes? Would you wear your suits as separates or only together? If you’re like me and work and non-work clothes are mostly interchangeable, then it probably makes sense to… more >

Jan 09

Wednesday Tip: Turn Your Hangers Around to Keep Track of What You Wear

To keep track of what clothes you really are and aren’t wearing, try hanging them backwards.  When you wear something, put it back normally; you’ll instantly be able to see what you haven’t worn by noticing the hangers that are still turned around.  I turn all of my hangers around… more >

Dec 26

Wednesday Tip: Use Command Hooks to Organize Any Space

Don’t let your vertical space go unused!  Adding hooks to the inside of cabinets, backs of doors, and walls themselves is a great way to use space efficiently and make frequently used items accessible.  I like the 3M Command hooks because they’re removable and (usually) won’t damage your walls.  Try them for… more >

Mar 29

From Piles to Files: File your clothes to save time and space

You open your dresser drawer and squint into the top layer of an epic tangle of pants.  You dig for a bit, finally grabbing a pair from the top layer (those are your most worn pairs anyway), and pull them on.  The entire process takes about 30 seconds.  Not so… more >