The VAL System of Organizing

I created the acronym VAL - as in the first three letters of the word value - to summarize three of the main principles I use in the great majority of projects: Visibility, Accessibility and Like with like. If newly organized items aren't visible or accessible, they fail the two most basic organizing standards. (Exceptions below.) If articles aren't placed like with like, the vision of having … [Read more...]

A Different Take on Donations

A friend was telling me about a decorative dish her deceased aunt had given her, which she'd never used. She'd come across it in a drawer occasionally, and thought it would be disloyal to her aunt's memory to let it go. Finally one day, she realized it would better to donate it, knowing that whomever bought it would find a use for it. She underwent a shift in her thinking which allowed her to … [Read more...]

A well-rounded view of my organizing universe

I posted most of my best organizing ideas on Facebook from January 2013 to August 2014. For those who want to get a better idea of what I bring to my work, as well as some valuable tips that may relate to your project(s), you might find my Facebook page interesting: https://www.facebook.com/WiserOrganizer       … [Read more...]

What are your time and peace of mind worth?

As an admitted compulsive minimalist, I've set what, for many, might be an extreme boundary: I don't pay attention to, check out, or follow up on any offers, options or coupons. (One exception: a substantial rebate on a high-ticket item, if it can't otherwise reasonably be avoided.) While freely admitting I'm missing out on saving pennies and dollars at every turn, I bask in the comforting … [Read more...]