Reach Ability Factor
by Janine Cavanaugh, CPO®
In organizing, just like real estate, it’s all about location, location, location. Where we permanently and temporarily place our belongings, papers, projects and information, is important because it helps us find what we want when we need it. The Reach Ability Factor is a system that helps us decide the best location for things based on how frequently we use them. We have 4 sections.
- Section A: Items in this section are things we use daily, like our toothbrush, our favorite coffee mug, and underclothes. Everything in section A is easy to reach, all we have to do is reach out an grab it.
- Section B: Items in this section are things we use weekly but not necessarily daily, like our workout clothes, and specific utensils or dishes. Everything in section B requires us to move a little, but still within comfortable reach.
- Section C: Items in this section are things we use occasionally, like suitcases, a food processor, and extra blankets. Everything in section C requires us to exert more effort to reach, like bending down or using a step stool.
- Section D: Items in this section are things we use once a year, like holiday decorations, or things you can’t part with like our wedding gown. Everything in section D would be in a remote storage area like the basement, attic, or a cabinet that is more difficult to reach.
The Reach Ability Factor is meant as a guide to help individuals evaluate the best location for their belongings. What is a perfect spot for one person is not the best spot for another. Organizing is personal.
Please note that it’s important to concentrate efforts on one’s current lifestyle and reevaluate the placement of items once a year.