Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Decide what you can do without...and where to put the things you really need and want.

If your space is really cluttered, you might be tempted to say, “I don’t have enough space.”  I assure you that lack of space is only rarely the case.  In my experience, not enough space is normally not the problem.   Too many things in the wrong place is more than likely the problem. 

The first step is to decide the purpose or function of the room or surface you are attempting to organize.  For example, if you are organizing your desk / work surface, you need to take off everything that is not related to your work.  If you are organizing your home office, you need to remove everything that is not related to the work you are doing in that room. 

Stop using one area as storage for another area.  If you are storing extra shoes in your home office, for example, then you need to take them out and store them at or near the point where they will be used.  If your desk is cluttered with pictures, and what-nots, and trays, and memorabilia, you need to take it off, and allow room to work on your work surface.  Perhaps you could consider putting up a shelf to display items, and keep them off of your work surface.

If your problem is too much stuff, you may have to decide to eliminate of some of the excess; especially if you can’t use it and have no plans of using it in the foreseeable future.

If you find yourself saying, “I don’t need it, but I’m saving it in case someone else can use it, that is a clue that you should give it away ... immediately, or bite the bullet and... throw it away.

Try to find a more useful life for your things.  Give them to someone who will appreciate them.

Make a list of the top three charities whose work you believe in. 

Remember, if it is no longer useful or beautiful, give it away.

Marsha Sims

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