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Do Organizer Systems Work?

The human brain absorbs input from all five senses and must be able to organize, store and quickly retrieve multiple pieces of information simultaneously.
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Organizer systems work by providing a structure and discipline to the placement of materials. These systems are based on human psychology and a basic understanding of how humans process information. A successful organizer system creates a sustainable method of material storage and retrieval.

There are three types of organizer systems available: visual, audio and tactile. These systems are all based on the same premise and are designed for a specific type of input preferences. The core premise behind organizer systems is to utilize the natural preference for organization in the brain.

The human brain absorbs information from all five senses and must have a method to organize, store and quickly retrieve multiple pieces of information simultaneously. The most effective organizer systems are intuitive, natural, and self-sustaining. The process of using the organizer system should be enjoyable to the primary user.

A person with a strong visual organization preference is usually a visual learner. They absorb new information fastest by looking at it and have a natural sense of what fits into a visual structure. An organization system that uses colors, and has a strong visual presence works best for this type of person.

To create a simple dresser organizer system for a visual person, install different color drawer handles on each drawer. Paint the inside of each drawer the same color as the handle. Use each drawer for a specific type of item. They will find this system enjoyable, rewarding to use and easy to remember.

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An auditory learning type of person prefers sound and learns best through listening. They are able to quickly absorb and repeat information provided this way. An organization system based on sound works best for them. Keep in mind that the sound can be anything; it does not have to be the actual name of the item.

An example of a successful organizer system for an auditory person uses a basic musical note for each item. A simple device can be attached to each drawer to sound a single note or chime each time the drawer is opened. The volume can be quite low, as auditory people have excellent hearing. They will quickly associate each note with a drawer and the items inside the drawer.

A textile person is focused on the feel and touching materials. They learn best by doing and cannot resist touching new items. To create an organization system for a textile person, install different types of handles on each drawer. Find interesting shapes and styles, each with a unique feel or texture. They will associate each drawer with different items and be able to quickly use this system.

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