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Organizing From the Inside Out by Mind Map: Organizing From the Inside Out
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Organizing From the Inside Out


Take stock

What's not working?

What items are most essential?

Why do you want to get organized

What's causing the problems?


Activty zones (Kindergarten Model)

Easy to focus on one activity at a time

Everything needed is in zone

Everything labeled

Visual menu to inhabitants of space

Transform, Define zones, Map out space, Rearrange furniture

Schedule transformation

Estimate time (1 - 1 1/2 days per room)

Establish a schedule

Schedule appointments and honor them



Group similar items

Handle every item, Do I use?, Do I love it?

Determine category

Sorting secrets, Start with what you can see (not hidden), Quick sort for quick results, Identify, Categorize, Running list of to-dos that come up, Avoid zig zag organizing, Work one section at a time, Use a "belongs elsewhere" box


Benefits of reducing, Space, Time, Money, storage cost, donation value

Methods, Toss, Giveaway, Sell, Put elsewhere, Store

ASSIGN a home

Decide on appropriate zone

Assign each item a single and consistent home

Guidelines for Assigning Homes, Appropriate sizing, Single function storage, Logical sequencing (similar groups near each other), Accessibility (easy to retrieve and put back frequently used items), Safety


Easier cleaning

Limits amount accumulated

Selecting, Asthetics - love them, Sturdiness - don't economize, Managability - easy to handle when full, Size - proper fit for number of items (little room for growth)

Shopping list, Measure, measure, measure

Label, Supports multiple people, Ensures things put back, Label maker best


Maintaining system

Reevaluate every 2 weeks to ensure it is working

Daily cleanup, No room should take more than 3-5 minutes

Periodic Tuneups, Evaluate a few times a year, Make adjustments, Purge elements not working, Keep fun and engaging



Where you are now?

Where are you going?

What's holding you back?

Why it's important to get there?


Plan of action to transform space

Realistic schedule


Methodically dive into clutter

Sort and arrange to reflect way you think

Visible results while working

What's holding you back?

Technical errors

Items lack home

Inconvenient storage

More stuff than space

Complex, confusing systems

Out of sight, out of mind

Organizing seems boring

External realities

Unrealistic workload

Speed of life

In transition

Uncooperative partners

Limited space

Psychological obstacles

Need for abundance

Conquestador of chaos (macho)

Fear of losing creativity

Need for distraction

Dislike the space

Sentimental attachment

Need for perfection


Skills for a lifetime

Apply skill over and over to any task

Pride, personal identity, sense of peace