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Organizing in 10 Minute Blocks: Chest of Drawers

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Springtime is a good time to organize your chest of drawers. Seasons are changing and some things you have been wearing all winter are either ready to be retired or rotated. People use their chest of drawers for different purposes. A lot of it depends on what other clothes storage options you have. It really doesn’t matter what you store in your drawers as long as you have a plan. Each drawer should have a purpose. Storing like items together makes it easier to put items away and easier to find items. Here’s an example Let me use my chest…

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Organizing in 10 Minute Blocks: Coat Closet

By How Long Will it Take to Organize X, How to Declutter: Use Simple Strategies

Coat closets, if you are lucky enough to have one, can become a dumping ground for items without an immediate home. You can shut the door and put it all out of sight – at least until you open it to hang a guest’s coat. Since the closet is used for guests’ coats as well as your own stuff, it should be tidy, functional, and well organized. My Coat Closet My coat closet holds coats, jackets, sweaters, a couple of tablecloths, and a bag of bags on the rod. The shelf holds hats, gloves, lint cleaner, a flashlight, and a…

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Organizing in 10 Minute Blocks: Chest of Drawers

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You can accomplish more than you think in just ten minutes. In fact, Diane Quintana and I recommend using ten-minute blocks of time to take care of many routine household tasks. Today my 10-minute task is the top of my chest of drawers. The chest of drawers in the picture is in my spare bedroom. The door to this room is always open so as I walk down the hall, I see this chest of drawers every day. The “stuff” that has gathered here has appeared within the last month. There’s no question where it came from and now it…

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Organizing in 10 Minute Blocks: Desk

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Keeping my office desk clear is a constant challenge. Ideally it should be cleared every evening when I shut down. Sometimes, I feel so used up that I just walk away from it. I do make a real effort to clear it on Friday before I leave the office but even then, once in a great while I am just too exhausted. Where does the clutter come from? It is important for me to understand how I let this happen. When I look at the desk, I see a lot of items that were taken out of my rolling work…

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Organizing in 10 Minute Blocks: The Dining Room Table:

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Does this ever happen to you? You look at your dining room table. It looks like a small bomb went off. Maybe you wonder how this happened? Well, my dining room table looks this way because it has been a hectic week for me. Let’s look at what happened during my week. How things landed on my dining room table I came home from a client who gave me some coffee. I dropped the coffee bags on the table, made a run for the bathroom, and then started lunch. On my way home from my client I stopped and picked…

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Break the Fatigue Clutter Cycle

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Does just looking at clutter make you feel tired? Maybe it makes you want to walk out of the room, close the door, and find a calm place in which to relax. I think we all feel that way sometimes. Let’s talk about ways we can break the vicious clutter cycle and feel less fatigued. I was working virtually with a client Sunday in her kitchen. We had been slowly making progress and were both feeling pretty good about it. So, I asked her if she was keeping her floor clear and got an affirmative answer but when she moved…

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