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Secrets of Getting OrganizedSecrets of Getting Organized

Secrets of Getting Organized

Spring 2019

Secrets of Getting Organized digs into the step-by-step process behind getting organized. It features advice from published organization experts that includes tips and techniques to help you cut clutter, create manageable filing systems, and improve your home’s efficiency room by room. Real-life examples with problem-solving solutions along with innovative storage organizational products will help get you organized—and keep you organized.

País:
United States
Idioma:
English
Editor:
Meredith Corporation
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the only right way

TO ORGANIZE A CLOSET IS THE WAY THAT HELPS YOU FIND THE ITEM YOU WANT, WHEN YOU WANT IT. We learned this and so much more about clothes and coworkers while designing the walk-in closet for this issue (“Made for Two,” page 58). After passionate debates about what type of hanger to use (flocked and slim), how to fold T-shirts (thirds, then in half), and if anyone actually rolls socks (yes!), we rediscovered that the best organizing methods are always deeply personal. So as you dig into the real-life messy makeovers (“Neat & Tidy,” page 82), DIY projects (“Stop Clutter at the Door,” page 28), and expert advice (“All About Your Smart Home,” page 14), consider the specific strategies and how they’ll work for you and your home. One tip…

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photographs

This edition of our Clutter Cleanse will bring order to your memories. Get ready to take charge of the photos stashed in shoeboxes, filling up your phone, and hanging out in the cloud. LEAD THE CHARGE. If you’re reading this and are wanting to organize photos that are cluttering your home, digital devices, and online storage spaces, you’re probably the best person to initiate the project. A Certified Personal Photo Organizer (page 9) can help, but photos and their significance are immensely personal. At minimum, plan to make all major decisions and frequently review an organizer’s work. CONSIDER HELP. If a partner or child is interested in helping with photo organizing, assign them basic tasks, such as identifying duds and duplicates, adding details (who, what, where, when), and creating digital scans. SCHEDULE CLEANSE…

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for photo organizing

1 GATHER IN ONE SPOT. FOR PRINTS, PULL TOGETHER ALL YOUR ALBUMS, BOXES, AND ENVELOPES ON A LARGE WORK SURFACE. FOR DIGITAL IMAGES, MIGRATE ALL FILES TO ONE DEVICE—IDEALLY, A FAST COMPUTER WITH A LARGE MONITOR. ONLY THEN CAN YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE TRULY DEALING WITH. TWO SORT SMART. TRY SORTING PHOTOS BY YEAR OR DECADE FIRST, BUT REALIZE IT’S OK TO GROUP THEM BY THEMES, TOPICS, OR STORIES THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO YOU. “WE TAKE PHOTOS CHRONOLOGICALLY, BUT WE LIVE THEMATICALLY,” SAYS CATHI NELSON, FOUNDER OF THE ASSOCIATION OF PERSONAL PHOTO ORGANIZERS. 3 GIVE YOUR PHOTOS GRADES. LOOK AT EACH PHOTO IN A PILE OR FOLDER; GIVE IT A LETTER GRADE ACCORDING TO THE FOLLOWING. A PHOTOS ARE YOUR BEST ONES. DISPLAY, PUT IN ALBUMS, OR ARCHIVE. B PHOTOS ARE GOOD. STORE IN ACID-FREE BOXES, USE,…

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1 prints & more

Printed photos will always come into your life—even with the popularity of digital photography. Follow this plan to take control of prints. 1. LET GO OF THE NEGATIVES. Ardent photographers may cringe, but you need negatives only for photos you plan to reprint or enlarge—and in a pinch, you can accomplish both of these goals fairly well with professionally scanned prints. 2. SORT BY DECADE. Attaching specific dates to print photos can be difficult. “Who knows for sure if a photo is from Christmas 1972 or 1973? And does it really matter?” asks personal photo organizer Deb Cabral. After you’ve created decade piles, refine and subdivide as much as you desire. Remember, a collection of photos that span a decade of family vacations is much more enjoyable than a perfect year-by-year scrapbook.…

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Digital images don’t consume physical space, but they do clutter your devices. Transfer all images to your laptop and make this spot your digital photo-organizing hub. 1. SET UP MASTER FOLDERS BY YEAR. Create a folder for each year and add monthly subfolders. Label subfolders with a number (for example, 09 rather than September) to aid in automatic chronological sorting. Within each month’s folder, create event subfolders with concise labels, like “Carly’s Basketball Games” or “Family Trip to Disney.” Then drag and drop files until everything is in a subfolder. 2. POLISH YOUR PICS. Take time after sorting to color-correct, remove red-eye, crop, and make other adjustments to A- and B-level images. Unless you’re a passionate digital photographer, you probably need to keep only the best version of an image after cropping and color-correcting. 3.…

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3 cell phone

More than 900 million photos are taken daily with phones. Here’s how to stay ahead of the tidal wave. 1. SLOW DOWN. Stem the flood of incoming digital images by taking a breath before snapping. Can you just enjoy the moment while it happens? Learn how to take better phone pictures. One thoughtfully captured photo you enjoy looking at again is worth more than 20 quick-and-lousy shots. 2. KNOW YOUR PHONE. Burst, Portrait, and other special camera modes take great images, but the files are large. Turn off these modes after you capture that magic moment. Explore your phone’s photo storage settings. If you typically have a reliable internet connection, you may want to store photos in the cloud and free up space on your phone. 3. ALWAYS BE EDITING. Delete unwanted images routinely, while you’re…

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