These two styles are all about the way you arrange your things to create a space that is stimulating, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing .? whether you prefer to hide things from view or have them displayed openly, the goal in working with this aspect of your style is to create a supportive and productive environment where you know what you have and can easily access it.

Everything Out = Out Of Sight, Out of Mind

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Someone?who connects with the Everything Out Style Preference is clearly from the ?out of sight, out of mind? school of organizing. They feel most comfortable when their things are visible and within reach. The challenge with leaving everything out is, with so much in your field of view you won?t be able to really see anything. Piles of stuff and stacks of papers will soon overwhelm you.

One of my clients felt the only way to manage her mail was to keep it all out on her desk.? This led to mounds of envelopes of varying age and state of openness on top of the desk.? These would spontaneously lean and slide leaving layers of mixed papers spread across the desktop and often falling off the desk.?? Additionally her checkbook, calendar and phone were regularly thrown into the mix and often lost.? The mail was not being processed timely and the desk was not functional.

We created a 2 step process in which she could corral and have handy the papers she needed to address.

First all incoming mail was placed into a clear bin near the desk.? The bills went into a labeled folder in the bin.

Next we set a scheduled time to pay bills.? When the time came she grabbed the folder and processed those bills. This allowed her to see those items, work on them when it was the scheduled time and make some of the desk available for using the computer and reading.? Her stress level was reduced because she knew where the bills were and her budget was back on track as late fees were eliminated.

I am a strong Everything Out.? When I am working on a project I will spread everything out on my desk or worktable or floor (depending on what the project is) so I can put my eyes and hands on what’s needed.? When my work time is over, I take that chunk of material and put it away to clear the space.

What do you think? Does out of sight mean out of mind or the total opposite?

Nothing Out? = No worries, right?

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The Nothing Out Style Preference is the opposite of the Everything Out Style. Nothing Outs are uncomfortable with ?visual clutter? and feel claustrophobic when they don’t have room to move around in their space.? The challenge with a Nothing Out approach is that they have a tendency to literally stuff things into drawers or closets and then forget what?s been put where.

A client of mine had a professionally?decorated home.? It was a great open space for entertaining and she often had guests.? She called me because she was “running out of room’ and couldn’t find anything thus needed to get organized.? As we walked through the house I quickly saw that although there was plenty of storage in the house she was filling the closets and cabinets with all kinds of things.? It helped when preparing for guests but there was absolutely no order to what was being stored so when the people left she was left with a mess.? We sorted the contents of all the closets and she decided where things would go.? One closet was for decorative/ entertaining items, one for memorabilia and family photos, one for office supplies.? There was also a big spare drawer for mail and kitchen counter items.? This way when she needed to tidy up for people coming over she could put things out of sight in predetermined places then find them again later.? It was a good balance of her preference to have things out of sight and be organized enough for easy future access.

As you can see from the examples above, knowing what systems and products work with your personal styles is so important because it allows you to make efficient and effective use of your time and space ultimately creating more satisfying experiences.

Once you identify your dominant preferences?? are you an Everything Out?, Nothing Out?, Minimalist?, Saver?, Straightener?, or No Rules?? ? you can begin to take steps to integrate more Flow Steps into your everyday life.

The?Time & Space Style Inventory? (TSSI?)?evaluates your space style preferences and? how you?arrange your space, assign value and tolerate disorder.? By learning your dominant and strong style preferences, you can make the most of the things in your space and increase flow in your life. Consistently taking the Flow Steps in your?styles?of dominance will help you successfully manage yourself, and your decisions about your space.

EMBRACE your natural style!

Make it all work better for you ??take the Time & Space Style Inventory??today to identify your time and space styles and enjoy your life!