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Clutter Video Tip: Creating Systems that Stick!

Each week we are posting a one-minute-ish quick video tip on something useful and practical that you can apply right away! A clean and organized home is wonderful. But how do you maintain it? (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded player.)



Hi. I’m Lorie Marrero, and today’s Clutter Video Tip is about creating the best organizing systems possible. We teach people that there are three factors to creating a good organizing system. It should be visible, easy, and obvious.

When you’re doing an organizing project and creating a system that works long-term, you want to think about finding things easily; you also want to think about putting things away. So, visibility is the key to finding things. You can achieve visibility in your projects by sorting things by color; you can also get visibility by grouping like things together or by using clear containers.

You can make your organizing systems easy by thinking about what is the laziest thing someone’s going to do. You want to work with people’s habits. So if you have something like a container with a lid, that’s going to take two hands to operate that if you want to put things away. It’s better to use open baskets and containers where you can just throw things right in and really easily reach in and get something you need.

If you want your organizing system to last long-term it has to be obvious to everyone involved in maintaining the system and the keys to being obvious are labeling and grouping. If you’re in a closet you can use our simple division garment organizers to label groups of clothing, so you’ve got labeling and grouping together. Right here we have sleeveless blouses together and then short-sleeved, and they are separated by a simple division garment organizer. Another example of grouping is putting, let’s say, cookbooks all together on a shelf. It’s very obvious if all the cookbooks are together that cookbooks belong there. If you need some expert advice on creating your organizing system, because it can be challenging, you can find more information about our membership program on-line at

See you next time, and may you always be happy and grateful for having more than enough.

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