50 Ways to Leave Your Clutter

Get started today! (image: Denise Levine)

Get started today! (image: Denise Levine)

Paul Simon sang about “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”. My song would be entitled, “50 Ways (and Reasons) to Leave Your Clutter”!

Here they are:

  1. Declutter & enjoy an aesthetically pleasing home & work space.
  2. Present an inviting, open space for family and friends.
  3. Provide a professional, paper-less work environment for clients and staff. Minimize memorabilia.
  4. Prioritize the tasks that are important and time sensitive.
  5. Postpone tasks that are less urgent or important.
  6. Utilize the items that you purchase. What are you saving them for?
  7. Appreciate the belongings that you possess. Display them & get them out of boxes.
  8. Ensure the worth of valuable items. Avoid stuffing them in boxes and stacking them.
  9. Travel in a well-planned & organized manner.
  10. Optimize your appearance by creating a wardrobe that fits your lifestyle...
  11. and the body that you are in today.
  12. Maximize your wardrobe by layering, mixing & accessorizing. Create new outfits from your closet.
  13. Update your style and image by organizing your purchasing habits.
  14. Rejuvenate yourself by establishing an organized sleep routine.
  15. Select healthy food choices by organizing shopping & meal planning.
  16. Learn ways to make time to relax and practice self-care. Schedule time for massage, a walk with a friend or time in nature.
  17. Gain support for achieving your organizing and time management goals.
  18. Increase your physical energy & mental clarity by scheduling regular time for fitness activities.
  19. Challenge yourself to acknowledge all of your successes; big & small.
  20. Mindfully notice what you are doing by being present and uni-tasking.
  21. Ease into the process of creating or changing habits.
  22. Empower others by engaging in organized practices.
  23. Produce maximum results with reasonable levels of effort.
  24. Evaluate the urgency of tasks realistically.
  25. Being organized means being prepared. Assess what is needed for a project before you start.
  26. Savor time for leisure or reflection. You will be more productive.
  27. Block off time that is intentionally unscheduled. Give yourself time for the unexpected things that come up.
  28. Build a set of skills that serve you across situations. Organized scheduling includes time for decluttering space at home and at work.
  29. Flex your limiting beliefs. Do you really work better under pressure?
  30. Live your version of an organized life.
  31. Focus easily by doing one thing at a time.
  32. Plan effectively using systems and processes. No need to reinvent the whell.
  33. Track your progress on a weekly basis.
  34. Revise in a timely fashion; don’t give up.
  35. Adapt to new information.
  36. Balance your workload; schedule backwards from the deadline.
  37. Manage & estimate your time realistically.
  38. Access important information by regularly purging unnecessary records.
  39. Maximize your space by reducing clutter.
  40. Create a safe environment by limiting piles, stacks. Folding step stools in closets make reaching easier.
  41. Save time for people who lift you up. Don’t waste your time with negative people.
  42. Boost productivity by streamlining your efforts.
  43. Enhance your confidence by delegating what you don’t like & don’t do well.
  44. Impact your credibility by removing clutter at the end of each day.
  45. Monitor money in and money out.
  46. Choose how to use your time…is it necessary? Desired?
  47. Delegate tasks and let them go. Refuse to micro-manage.
  48. Streamline the steps you take to get the same results.
  49. Schedule time for personal and professional endeavors.
  50. Maintain your organization; stay on track with an accountability partner.