Organizing 101: Create a Free for All Space

Now that we’ve spent the last six weeks going through lots of different ways to tackle some of the piles and messes in our lives, it’s time to take it all back.

Okay, not all.  But I will give you that today’s Tip seems contradictory, but go with me….

Create a Free for All Space.

Think of it like your cheat food when you’re on a diet.  The theory, as I understand it, is that you allow yourself the cheat food so that you’re not completely depriving yourself of all that you want to eat.  And, when you’re craving it, you can eat without feeling guilty, and, most importantly, without negating the progress you’ve made.

It’s the same thing for your Free for All space.  Even I will admit that there are just some things that don’t fit in a category or don’t have natural “homes”.  Remember when I talked about the importance of creating a spot for everything?  Those ‘I-don’t-know-where-to-put-this’ items go in your Free for All space.

You decide what that space is – a bin, a closet, a room – whatever you have space for and you’re okay with being messy and disorganized.  You don’t have to feel bad about it.  Having this “cheat space” gives you the freedom to accomplish what you need everywhere else.


As an over-the-top fan of the TV show Friends, I can’t talk about this without sharing this clip.

Personally, I wouldn’t suggest fill your Free for All space quite that full, but it’s your cheat space.  You decide.

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