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So you’ve got your shit together; now, how do you KEEP it together? With a system! That probably sounds much more complicated than it actually is. By “system”, I simply mean a way to make it as easy as possible to maintain order.

Here are some examples:

Books: Do you prefer to categorise them by genre (fiction, non-fiction, etc.), or by size? Do you want all the hardbacks together and all the paperbacks together? Or do you want to move books you’ve already read to a lower shelf and keep the books you’ve yet to read on the eye-level shelves?

Clothes: I touched on this in the last step, but do you organise your clothes by season, by colour, by type (t-shirts, jeans, skirts, etc.), or some other way? Do you keep some hanging and some folded?

Photos: Do you store them chronologically, by month and year? Or by occasion (holidays, birthdays, etc.)? Or by subject (e.g. all the pictures of your kids in one place)?

CDs and DVDs: Alphabetically by name/artist? By genre? By year of release? (Personally, I like mine stored in the order I bought them, so I can see how my tastes change over the years. But I’m just strange like that.)


Here’s a little something I made earlier – a snack drawer for my daughter

The idea is that you do what works for you. How does your brain work? That’s your system. Like how you keep the laundry detergent next to the washing machine.

It’s also worth noting that your system should include a “quick exit” strategy so that, the next time you notice there’s something there you don’t want or need, you have zero excuse not to deal with it there and then. Three things that work extremely well here are:

— bins, for quick de-junking;
— donation box, for separating things that you can pass along to others (just remember to actually bring it to the charity shop when it’s full); and
— ‘belongs elsewhere’ box, for those days when, out of sheer exhaustion, you just throw stuff anywhere as long as it’s out of the way. (Also essential if you have kids, for those endless “why is there a biscuit in my shoe” and “why are my glasses in the toilet” moments.)

They should always be kept near problem areas.


One other thing to consider is storage. Things are usually easier to manage when they’re contained. Four billion photos in an archive box isn’t exactly a successful system. I don’t mean you have to number, colour co-ordinate and cross-reference them (unless you want to, that is), but separating them out and putting them into albums, wallets, or folders and THEN throwing them into an archive box? That’s a step in the right direction.

Figure out what makes sense to you, and have the tools on hand to keep your shit together.


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