As a former engineer I’m all about systems and problem-solving. And as a student of fine arts, and a certified home stager and interior re-designer, I’m all about making things look nice. But as a professional organizer, function ALWAYS takes precedence over form. Who cares how pretty your laundry hamper is, if your dirty clothes are still lying on the floor? Who cares how neat and tidy your office looks, if you can’t find your stapler when you need it?
What is a system? A system is just a methodical way of doing something that produces consistent results. So, you may have systems in place, but are they still working for you? Even the best system needs to be reviewed periodically, and adjusted as necessary.
Let me share with you the six basic organizing systems I think everyone should have in place for effective daily living. By “effective daily living” I mean your house is not cluttered to the point where you are embarrassed to have friends over; you get important tasks done on time; and you are able to enjoy your life without the stress that results from NOT having systems that work for you and your family.
Which of these systems do you already have in place? Which ones are working for you, and which ones aren’t? Try asking yourself these questions to fine tune your systems:
1. WHO is affected? WHO will do it?
2. WHAT needs to be done? WHAT tools are needed?
3. WHEN and HOW OFTEN should it be done?
4. WHERE will we do it? WHERE will we store our tools?
5. WHY do we need this system?
You may notice I haven’t included this question: HOW? That’s because there are often many ways to accomplish good results. When working with clients my job is to find a system that works for them, not to force them to do what works for me or someone else.
Now let’s take a closer look at each system… (Next up: Laundry)
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