Video: The 1 thing in, 1 thing out rule


I’m not a fan of trite organizing advice, but I live by the "one thing in, one thing out" rule.  Right now I’m wearing a new pair of boots that came in the mail yesterday, and one pair of old boots that I haven’t worn in probably 4 years is sitting in the foyer, headed to the thrift store.  

Nothing enters without something leaving. It’s a reflex triggered as something comes through the front door.

My latest video in the minimalism series illustrates this.  It’s a show and tell of a number of things that I donated because something better replaced it.  More than a rule or reflex, it’s a lifestyle. To acquire anything without releasing something is to tip your scales in the “How did this place get so cluttered?” direction.

Click here to watch the video and here to watch the entire minimalism series!

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.