10 Home Office Organizing Tips from Peter Walsh


A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of reviewing Office Max’s new [IN]PLACE System by Peter Walsh (yes, the Peter Walsh, as seen on Clean Sweep and Oprah) and attending an exclusive webcast where Peter answered our questions and shared tips for getting organized.

Here are the top 10 tips I took away from that webcast:

1. First decide on the vision, function and zones for a space. Then look for products that meet your needs.

2. Follow the “one thing in, one thing out” rule to prevent the accumulation of clutter.

3. Kids like order! Teach your kids to be organized by modeling organization for them.

4. Purge your email and paper files every six months. 80% of what’s in your file cabinet will likely never see the light of day.

5. Maximize your vertical spaces and keep the flat surfaces free from clutter.

6. The key to a successful system in investing a few minutes every day to maintaining it.

7. Use the same file names for computer documents and paper files for consistency and to make things easier to find.

8. Organizing is an investment of your time, and the returns are plentiful.

9. Spend 10 minutes at the end of every day to organize your “hot spots” so they’re ready to go in the morning.

10. Use color-coding as a visual cue to make your files easier to find.

We were all impressed by Peter’s repeated emphasis on deciding what you want to do with a space before spending money on organizational items, and equally impressed with this beautiful line of products. They are sleek and innovative and versatile, from hanging file folders that lock together (no more lost papers between folders!) to portable file systems.

I’ve stashed my set of [IN] PLACE products to use for homeschool records when my oldest starts kindergarten in just a few months, and I can’t wait.

Which of the above tips would make the biggest difference in your life if you started following it today?