Andrew Mellon is an acclaimed author, speaker and professional organizer. The Organizing Triangle is his set of guiding principles that provide the foundation for every effective organizing project.
The Organizing Triangle
Rule #1: One Home For Everything
Every item has one home and only one home. No ifs, ands or buts.
Rule #2: Like With Like
All like objects live together. And we do mean all.
Rule #3: Something In, Something Out
Once you reach stuff equilibrium, when something comes in, something goes out.
Andrew Mellon defines the difference between Getting Organized and Staying Organized
Getting Organized means dealing with the historic accumulation or clutter. It's the tasks and actions required to finally address any deferred decisions or unfinished business that created the pile or stack or clump that has become an obstacle or problem.
Staying Organized means creating systems to reduce or prevent additional or future accumulation. It's the tasks and actions required to establish homes for everything, including everything that is coming or will come into your home or office. Using these systems consistently ensures that nothing ends up in a random pile, stacked on surfaces, or shoved in a drawer awaiting a future decision.
Andrew Mellen's Unstuff Your Life!: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good is an excellent read and wonderful resource!
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