August 22, 2012
Experts' Expert: 5 Great Tips from Professional Organizer Julie Bestry
Exclusive to bookofjoe, the following five key insights from the Chattanooga-based sage of systematization whose motto is "Don't apologize — organize!"
1. Everything should have a home — but not everything has to live with you.
2. Things should live with others like them — store like with like.
3. Things should live where they're used.
4. Things should live according to the Rule of Proximity and Utility — "if you need it often, keep it close."
5. Know what's living where — label and index; inventory things.
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I'm so flattered, Joe, that you've shared my tidbit of advice with your many readers!
Organizing is a complex mix of physical, intellectual and motivational issues, but people are always asking me for organizing magic. The closest to magic I know is, "Don't put things down. Put them away!" but of course, "away" presupposes that people have a home already assigned...but that's often not the case. Those five little rules are my way of telling people what to consider when they're designating something's home.
Thanks again for spreading the word -- about professional organizing and about me. You've made me feel like a celebrity! ;-)
Posted by: Julie Bestry | Aug 22, 2012 12:18:32 PM
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