After you've tackled the superficial clutter, cleared a little space in your home and can see what's really important, it's time to tackle the different rooms in your home and organize in a way where you'll get the most function in each space. All it takes is a three-step process.
Step 1: Create a Room Function Chart
Start by getting an agreement on the function of each room—you may be surprised to find that everyone in your household doesn't share your vision for how each room functions.

Create a Room Function Chart and give a copy to each member of your family. Fill them out individually, then meet to compare your results. At this stage, it is best to simply hear what everyone has to say without dismissing any idea. The more comments, feedback, insight, and discussion, the better! Welcome surprises and be prepared for some interesting points of view.

Download a Room Function Chart.

When you're all coming to agreement on common goals, start filling out a Room Function Chart that best combines everyone's ideas and comments.

If you run into conflicting visions, let each family member make his or her case, and talk about what the family needs most. Sometimes, a compromise is necessary, so don't be afraid to give a room more than one purpose. Consider whether multiple uses of a space are reasonable or just an excuse. For example, an office can double as a guest room with the right plan.

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Excerpted from It's All Too Much by Peter Walsh. Copyright © 2007 by Peter Walsh. Reprinted by permission from Free Press, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.  


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