Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Best Organizing Style and More

Your organizing style is a good. And it's the very best one for you.

How do I know this? Because I know that God made you. He made your unique personality. He knit you together in the womb.

I also know that you will do your best work when you are aware of your style, both the strengths and the weaknesses of it, and adapt your space to it.

You may have noticed that the weaknesses of each style are simply personality strengths, carried a step too far. They aren't weaknesses at all! My point is, we all have to make sure that our natural tendencies don't run away from us like a toddler taking off his coat and tumbling out into the snow.

We have to learn to let our style work for us, not against us.

With that, let's get started.

The next thing to do is to watch the traffic pattern in your home. Where do people walk? Where do they sit? Where do they hang out? Which doors are constantly banging open and shut? If you are not completely sure where the traffic is going, just follow the stuff. Where are the piles of stuff?

Write it all down. Every bit of it. Books and papers. Toys galore. Piles of laundry. Keys and clutter. Snacks left out. Where does it tend to collect?

Use your notebook. Write it down. Write down the kind of clutter and the spot for it. Write down the traffic flow -- from which door to which room and so forth. That's your weekend assignment.

On Monday, I will tell you how to create storage which will coral most of the clutter and which your family members will use 90 % of the time.

1 comment:

  1. These posts on organization are great! I am so glad you are doing them! I can tell you without even thinking about it exactly where everyone gathers in our home - the living room. Our most highly walked through area is from the back door in the kitchen to the living/dining room area. We don't use the front door. So all the traffic comes in through the kitchen where the back door is.

    Overall, we keep the living room, dining room and kitchen picked up and fairly orderly. However, my office just can't seem to stay organized. I have said before that I just need a plastic bin that I can slide under the table to be my catch-all bin. That way my couch won't have to have so much stuff on it. My office is a fairly small place so even little bits of clutter make the room look so disorganized. Right now, my office is my project whenever I can find some time to work on it.


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