One to Zen Organizing
August 2, 2021
The Back Story
This past year, I started asking my clients a new question:
“How do you think your space should look when it’s not in use?”
This question occurred to me when I was organizing a client’s new apartment. Each time I walked into her apartment, I noticed that the dining room table was cluttered. Although we were organizing another room, I took a moment one session to ask her how she would like it to look when she wasn’t using it. She thought for a moment and responded: She would like the table to have a few items in the center but, otherwise the table should be clear.
So we started by moving everything off her table and arranging her napkins,salt, and pepper in the center. We took a step back and sighed contentedly. Then, we took an hour of the session to investigate and problem solve the other items that were accumulating on the table. Her puzzle could be moved to the coffee table and placed on a special puzzle mat. Her mail could be sorted on the coffee table and any bills or to dos could be placed in the storage space there. Her keys and wallet were set on a pretty bowl on the hall table. The Reset was born and it was revolutionary.How the Reset Differs From Traditional Organizing
At first glance, The Reset doesn’t look much different than ordinary organizing. But I knew I was onto something. Here’s how the Reset differs from traditional organizing and why it is so effective:
For the Reset to work, you must use a small space. (i.e. a table, counter, shelf or shelves, perhaps a small closet)
Intrigued? Try it yourself! Here’s how you apply the reset to your space:
Kitchen counter: Used for food prep
When not in use only items on counter are toaster oven and coffee maker
Used for work and paying bills and dealing with mail
When not in use only items on the desk are laptop, a vertical file holder and pens
This is a critical step or else these items will creep their way back into your space. Some items will be used to serve that space when “in use” and will be stored nearby. Other items don’t belong in that space and need to be stored in a different area. Don’t forget that some items don’t belong anywhere in your home and should be donated or thrown away.
So next time you feel a heaviness descend on your soul as you walk past a cluttered counter or table in your home, consider pressing The Reset button. Were you able to transform that small space? Let me know how it goes….
For more information, contact Jill Katz.