Organizing

Inside Places

Inside Places
in Organizing

Three weeks ago, “A Faithful Reader” asked about ways to store possessions out of sight in small living spaces. I broke up my response into three columns: “Under Places,” “Over Places” – and now, for the final installment of this three-part series, I will present ways to acquire more living space by putting things “Inside Places.”

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Getting Started on the New Year

Getting Started on the New Year
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I love New Year’s Day! If I am not traveling somewhere it is my favorite time to organize for the upcoming year by closing out the past year and setting up for the new one. I like to be completely ready for the next year of living.

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Where Do We Keep That?

Where Do We Keep That?
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Sometimes when I coach a company they have a challenge with the right hand not talking to the left hand-i.e., there is no set method for how something should be done. Often times, things are done differently by different people, and the lack of consistency can cause havoc with production both in the business or even at home.

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Jump-Start Spring After a Break

Jump-Start Spring After a Break
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When Spring Break arrives, for many, everything else in life comes to a halt. We drop our normal routines. Our schedules become more relaxed, and not much may get done. And that's the way it should be. This goes along with the old saying, "Stop and smell the daisies."

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Keeping Schoolwork in Order

Keeping Schoolwork in Order
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My last column discussed teaching order by having young children learn to organize their toys and rooms. This time we go to the next step of keeping track of schoolwork and the accompanying papers. This can turn into a lifelong concern, as "papers" seem to plague the world and challenge even the most organized individual. Learning how to circumvent the problems early on makes sense.

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Put Those Things Away!

Put Those Things Away!
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After my last column on Teaching Our Children, which was based around learning to do laundry, the next logical subject seemed to be organizing skills of a more general nature. With all the toys, clothing, and school items that young ones are surrounded with daily, these young years are a wonderful time to impart the concept of order.

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Teaching Our Children Organization

Teaching Our Children Organization
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Yes, that's what I just said, "Do the laundry" to aid your child in learning and success. There are many excellent skills learned in doing the laundry. Let me explain...

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Holiday Cleanup Before You Set Up!

Holiday Cleanup Before You Set Up!
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The holidays offer us the opportunity to dig out many items we only use annually and see what we have. Might I suggest a little “cleaning up” while you are starting to “set up” for the holiday season?

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Tangled Up in Wires

Tangled Up in Wires
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I have just two digital cameras, yet there is all the associated cabling. What a mess. I end up stuffing it all in a plastic bag, which is even messier. Organize that, Juli!

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A New Year Plan: Tidy Your Desk AND your Desk Top

A New Year Plan: Tidy Your Desk AND your Desk Top
in Organizing, Time & Life Management

Spring Cleaning often involves clearing out drawers and cabinets, tossing out papers, and even changing out clothing for the warmer season ahead. It’s also important not to overlook taking care of cleaning out the computer files that ---while they may get ‘shoved out of the way’ --- remain as clutter in our technology.

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