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Tips on Closets: TKO Style

There’s a simple method to cleaning out closets. We use closets to store and hide things. We need to begin to use closets as assets to everyday living and not areas where we hide things.

TKO: Trash, Keep and Organize

Trash anything that doesn’t make your life better. Those things that are “sentimental” to you should be trashed. The memories you have gotten from things will live with you forever. I also suggest throwing away anything that you habitually leave in there for no good reason. For instance, I had a bad habit of leaving my dry cleaning hangers in the closet. However, it was creating unnecessary trash and I only had one place for trash. My closet was not the place.

Keep the things that enrich your life. Things that makes your daily living easier. Things that always come in handy when you need it. For the things that are just too “sentimental” to throw away, understand why you can’t throw it away. If the reason that you want to keep it involves making your lifestyle better, remember to create a space for those items. Only keep such items in the closet if you will go to these items on a routine basis (daily, weekly, seasonally, annually).

Organize by degree of importance. The most important items or your everyday items should be closest to the closet door. Follow the daily items with weekly and annually used items. Seasonal items should be in the back. When the seasons change, so will your organization of your items. For instance, when winter arrives, I’m going to move my snow boots to the front of the closet and move my summer sandals, that are currently in the front of the closet, in the back. Any loose items should be in a box or a bag with a label if you cannot easily identify it from just opening the closet door. If you don’t have a box or bag to use, place a sticky label above the area where you choose to place your items.

The key here is to make your life easier. Follow these three simple steps TKO style and you’ll be one step closer to having another welcoming space in your home.


Let’s get rid of old electronics on June 5th!


Used Electronics
Drop-Off Event

When: Sunday, June 5, 2011 between 12:00 Noon-4:00 P.M.

Where: Montgomery Blair High School, 51 University Blvd. East, Silver Spring, MD 20901 (Please use the MD Rte 29 north entrance).

Accepted Items: Small electronic appliances, calculators, camcorders, CDs and floppy disks, CD players, cell phones, computers & computer-related items, consumer electronics, copiers, cords & cables (including chargers), digital cameras, electronic typewriters, fax machines, microwave ovens, personal digital assistant equipment, printers, projection equipment, scanners, telephones, small electronic toys, televisions and VCRs.

Sorry, we cannot accept compact fluorescent lights or appliances containing Freon at this event. Please bring these items to the drop-off sites at the Transfer Station (16101 Frederick Road).

Our program for electronics recycling is open to all Montgomery County residents and businesses.

For More Information:
Visit: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/gogreen
or call 311 (call 1-240-777-0311 outside of Montgomery County)

Keeping up with the papers,Part 2

I’m been exploring filing systems that work for the work place and the exploration has only intensified since I’m moving offices after 20 months. I’ve learned about Paper Tiger and I am attracted to it because they have a FREE FOREVER PLAN. They also have a sale on their other plans until May 17th (://www.thepapertiger.com/pricing). Given the economic times a lot of us are facing, I try to consider and promote any options that lowers the costs for the average person to stay organized. Not only does Paper Tiger offer a FREE plan, it’s quick, simple, and useful for any workspace!

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