3 Organizing Tips From Cal State Fullerton Professor Carrie Lane

Photograph by Karen Tapia

Research findings …
Organizers are doing this really important work of reminding people that their homes don’t have to look like magazines. What organized means is not that everything is pretty and color-coded but that you can find what you need relatively quickly.

Staying organized …
One of the rules that most organizers have is a place for everything and everything in its place. I’ve heard some say that if you can find it in five minutes, then you’re organized enough. If you don’t know where to put something, put it with the other things you use at the same time.

Organizing a closet …
If you’re working on a closet … take everything out and organize it so you see what you have. Then figure out what (stays) and put it back in and organize it by section. People’s inclination is … to go out and buy all these organizing tools, but that’s not necessary. Marie Kondo just uses old boxes, like gift boxes, to organize drawers.

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