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Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Practical Ideas from Professional Organizer Jeri Dansky

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Jeri Dansky is a professional organizer helping people tackle the clutter that drives them crazy. She works in-person with people throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, and also provides long-distance telephone coaching. She writes a free monthly newsletter and has a blog full of organizing insights and products.

Question: Each year I resolve to get organized, and each year I don’t stick with it. What can I do differently this year?

Answer: Try these suggestions to make things easier on yourself this year.

DwellStudio Home Storage Bin

1. Set a reasonable goal for yourself. Being organized should allow you to find things when you want them, and to have a home that feels welcoming to you. But don’t expect your house to look like one of those design magazines!

Vitra Uten Silo

2. Make it easy to put things away:

- Define a “home” for everything. You can’t put it back where it belongs if it doesn’t belong anywhere!

- Label the shelves, the bins and such so everyone remembers what get stored where. For children, you can label with pictures instead of words – and some adults might prefer that, too.

- Store things close to where they are used (except for things only used a few times a year). For example, if you do your scrapbooking on the dining room table, try to find a place close to that table to store your supplies.

- Try using hooks in place of hangers for coats, bathrobes, towels and other items; hooks are easier to use.

- Make sure your containers (closets, toy bins, file cabinet drawers) are no more than 80% full.

Labeled Memory Box

3. Try working with a friend who can help you stay focused, or who can serve as an accountability partner.

About Ali

I enjoy wood paneled station wagons, German food and senior citizens (I am 80 years old at heart). Nearly every weekend I am taking photos at other people's weddings and I have a blog of my own (but I don't update it often enough). I love to paint, sew and knit. Check out my DP Staff profile on Hatch.

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  1. Stephanie says:

    September 17th, 2012 at 1:18 pm (#)

    where did you get the blue and green boxes i need those

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