I am sometimes surprised when I’ve worked with a client and after we’ve created space, they immediately start to consider what to put into it. Whether it is a surface like a counter top, your closet, or space in your schedule my suggestion is to pause, enjoy the opening, and resist filling it up again. Everything needs a little organizing. When you take stock of all that you have or do, you are able to realize what still serves you, and what you no longer need. Okay, enough philosophy…go organize something!
Do you find yourself hesitating to get rid of things? Having “organizing ground rules” will help you make easier, quicker decisions. Rule #1: Do a little at a time. Rather than set out to declutter the entire house, use the Outside In Approach “1-at-a-Time Rule”. One closet, drawer, surface, etc. at a time. Rule #2: The 3 P’s – plan, prepare, purge. Determine your goal, schedule time to execute your plan, have the supplies you’ll need on hand, know where you are going to donate, discard, recycle,or consign. Have the bins, bags ready. Have the time to take the purged items away that same day, if possible. Rule #3: Ask yourself guiding questions to help make decisions. Do I love it? Do I need it now, or in the next 3 months? Is it in working or wearable condition? Can someone else use it more than me? Does it still serve my purposes? Be gentle, don’t judge yourself.
Sadly, summer is almost over and before you know it you’ll need to transition to your fall wardrobe (even here in San Diego). I recommend setting up several ground rules to make the transition easy. First, let’s talk about letting items go. If you didn’t wear it at all this summer and it’s in good condition, put it into the DONATE or CONSIGN bag. RETURN UNWORN ITEMS: If it still has tags on it and you never wore it, return it for store credit. Second, if something is worn out or soiled and beyond repair or laundering, DISCARD it. You deserve better! If you need summer clothing that fits and is still in style but needs to be LAUNDERED or DRY CLEANED, do it now and put it in your summer storage area for next year. Move it out to make room for the coming season.
Reasons why your inbox gets (and stays) cluttered: 1: Procrastination – Apply the 2 Minute Rule: if you can respond to a message in 2 minutes or less, do it immediately. 2: Combined uses – Use separate email addresses for personal and business messages. 3. Disorganized – Create a daily, weekly, and monthly routine for purging, reading, and responding. 4. Ineffective filing system – Email messages are just like paper documents; create an efficient tickler/filing system. 5. Fear – afraid that if you delete or file it you will forget about it? Your 1st decision needs to be, “Is this an action, or reference item?” This will enable you to decide what your next step is. Need more guidance? Sign up for my newsletter and receive your email management checklist!