The Possibilities of Inner Space

The Possibilities of Inner Space

We hammer wood for a house, but it is the inner space that makes it livable. ~ Lao Tzu  We can become so focussed on objects that we forget about the space. Houses, rooms, furniture, storage solutions – these are all ways of defining spaces in which activities can take place or things can be kept. […]

Green tea in coffee cannister demonstrates the provisional nature of labels.

The Provisonal Nature of Labels

Labels feature widely in organising. At the most tangible level there are the literal physical labels that go on jars, folders, and boxes. Rice. Beads. Taxes. Memorabilia. Then there are the descriptive labels that are applied to people. Neat freak. Messy. Disorganised. ADHD. Hoarder. When organising physical objects the act of labeling is a logical extension of […]

Handbuilt stone wall in Devon

The Mending Wall Metaphor

In Mending Wall, poet Robert Frost reflects on the mysterious way gaps in the walls on the boundary of his property appear over the winter. Something there is that doesn’t love a wall, That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it And spills the upper boulders in the sun, And makes gaps even two can pass abreast. He describes […]

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Intuitive Action in Organising

Although organising is usually associated with logical step by step processes there is another aspect to getting things done that is less frequently discussed. For people guided by a strong inner compass, the how, when, where and why of organising come from a more intuitive place. An idea arises, a feeling of unease with how things […]

Blossoming Tree on Mirror Lake at Lake Placid

Presence-based Organising

Where are you when you organise things. Are you in the room, or are you in your head? Are you starting with what you see before you, or an idea or belief about how things should be? If you are asking “Where should I start?” and “What should I keep?” it may be that these […]

Garden Shed With Broken Windows Image

The Is-ness of Things

I’ve heard a few stories of storerooms, garages and sheds filled with clutter that refuses to be sorted. Or at least that’s how it sounds. It’s as if the room itself had shut its doors to resist intrusion. What is really behind that door? Is it a space full of recriminations, guilt and self-blame. A room of […]

Niagara River Downstream

The Balance of Structure and Flow

When we think about organising in terms of natural systems, there are two factors that contribute to how things unfold. One is structure, and the other is flow. Structure is about the level of containment, and flow is about the level of movement. Managing our living environment effectively requires a healthy balance of each of these factors. Structure Structure is […]