Sounds crazy, right? Why would you want to "maximize" to minimize. Is that an oxymoron? Not when it comes to organizing!
When getting organized, the focus is on eliminating clutter and organizing items or thoughts in a way where we maximize the potential of what we have. Whether it relates to the items themselves, the space they occupy or what's going on in our heads, we want to focus on maximizing in order to minimize.
Any space can be maximized to create an environment that is more "user friendly". We want to create a place where everything is easy to find and easy to put back. We want to create a space that makes sense, based on how we function. That doesn't mean we need to make it bigger by adding on an addition. It means we use the space we have to its best potential.
Everyone functions differently, but there are some general rules that can apply to everyone.
For example, when it comes to "maximizing" the hanging space in your closet, it is best to choose the correct type of hanger. Using matching hangers for an entire closet is best. This might sound petty, but it is more than just aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
It makes it easier to locate your clothing when all of your clothes are hanging at the same height. Using the correct hanger will protect your clothes from damage and keep your clothes from sliding off the hanger, onto the floor. Hanging like-things together will help also. Some people hang their clothes by color, some by type. That is a personal choice and both can work well.
When it comes to "maximizing" in order to minimize, you are focusing on the use of the space itself and the contents within it. How we store items (or even information) is so important in how we function on a day-to-day basis.
I suggest that you start paying attention to the space in your home, your office and your head to figure out where you can possibly maximize their potential in order to minimize your clutter.
If you need assistance in figuring it all out, I can help. You can utilize my knack for minimizing the clutter and maximizing the space, no matter where it is and making sure that the system you put into place will work for you.
In the meantime, happy organizing!