Private vs Public Space

Hey, I finally sprang (sprung?) for a paid account, so now I can have many userpics (note new one here), and I can maybe even embed my LJ in my website, if I can figure out how to do that, or some nice geek wants to help me.

So here’s what I’ve been thinking about recently, in terms of what you might call “meta”-organizing:

A question that often comes up is where to start organizing, when someone wants to do an entire apartment or house. I think that prioritization is a very important part of the whole organizing process. In order to make the right decisions in that area, I think it’s important to know exactly why you’re prioritizing what you are. This lets you change the order to fit your needs, if necessary, and helps give you more initiative to move ahead with whatever choice you make.

Usually, my clients choose to start with the most public area first, since it’s the first area that visitors see, and then gradually move further back toward the private areas of the home. And often, in client homes that are already partly organized, I see this sort of prioritization already playing out, with a very stark contrast between reasonably neat (or even extremely neat) living room/dining room/kitchen areas, and extreme disorder/clutter in the bedrooms and private bathrooms.

So what?