Where do you start? How much do you keep? Where to do you keep what?
These are some of the most common questions asked when you are trying to start an organizing project. While the answer is often relative to your own personal situation, there is one key aspect that everyone should understand before starting- the difference between active and archived items.
Active refers to anything we use on a regular basis, such as every day or weekly. These belong in our easy-to-reach spaces (eye level shelves, nearby desk drawers, bottom level kitchen cabinets, etc.)
Archive includes belongings we need to be able to find reliably when the need arises, whether periodically, seasonally or seldom. Archived items can be stored in locations that take a bit more work to get to, such as down the hall, on the top shelf, in the attic, etc.
Sounds simple, right? Yet sometimes we mistakenly fill our active work spaces with possessions that should be archived. Below is a chart showing examples of active vs. archive items, along with ideas for where to store them.
Get the idea? If you’ve got an area that is overcrowded and isn’t working, odds are you’ve got it filled with at least some items that could be removed to an archive location. Keeping your prime real estate filled with only active items could make a big difference in the functionality of your space.
By Seana Turner