Because we are professional declutterers, many of our clients, while discussing their goals for their homes, say, "If I just had a system for ______ (dealing with the kids’ artwork, putting away laundry, storing all my shoes), it would work." These are the people who either have a hard time developing systems in the first place or who are convinced that the "right" system will solve their clutter problems. The latter group loves elaborate color-coded binders filled with alphabetized tabs, complex filing systems, and specialized calendaring techniques for every segment of their lives.
While basic systems are necessary and create order in a chaotic world, it’s those complicated, time-consuming systems that add another layer of to-do's to your already overstrained life. The time required to maintain these systems inevitably proves to be too much. With a considerable upfront investment of time, those well-intended systems are implemented and attended to once or twice, but then they eventually fall into disarray. How do we know this? The proof is in the disorganized pudding. When you look around your home, can you identify some systems that you’ve implemented yet are not being maintained? Those unkept systems are your evidence that they require too much of your time to maintain and are not actually making your life easier.
Follow these guidelines when creating your own systems within the home: