PROBLEM: I need a visual to help me remember the notion “A place for everything and everything in its place.”

SOLUTION: The Lunch Room food cart of Ann Arbor has the perfect visual — the sectioned cafeteria tray. With a cafeteria tray, there is a specific place for each object/food item, and the space matches the size and shape of the object. In this example, the long narrow space in the cafeteria tray is for silverware or carrots. By virtue of its shape, this long narrow space may even entice us to put our silverware (or carrots) in their place.

HINT: The bottom line is the cafeteria tray helps us visualize clarity and definition. This can be helpful when organizing.

Susan Hunsberger

I’m Susan Hunsberger with Strategize Organize LLC. I work with folks with organizing challenges. Adults and students with ADHD are areas of specialty. People come to me feeling shame and frustration. They hire me to help them lift the weight of disorganization and move on with life.


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