Disorganization can be a huge problem for people in every area of their lives. You don’t have to live with it though as I wrote about in a previous blog post, “Disorganization, Situational or Permanent”. If the sheer quantity of items that you have is creating disorganization it’s time to confront your resistance to letting them go, or at least reducing the amount. Read on and check out my special offer.
Resistance to letting things go shows up as:
- Procrastination – Putting it off because you don’t want to deal with it.
- Indecisiveness – Avoiding making the decisions to keep or not seems easier.
- Distorted thinking – “I may need it sometime.”
When I hear someone say, “I may need it sometime”, I ask them guiding questions such as:
- When was the last time that you…used it, looked at, or referred to it for information?
- What would happen if you got rid of it and then later, needed it? Would you be able to find or replace it?
The most common types of items that fall into the “stuff I may need sometime” category include:
- Massive amounts of office supplies, particularly pens, pads, envelopes
- Clothing such as old tee shirts from school, concerts, races, etc., jeans, or never worn items of clothing.
- A stockpile of hotel toiletries. You don’t use them and most of your overnight guests bring their own toiletries.
- Vases from flowers that were delivered.
- Pots and pans, casserole dishes, chafing dish, soup tureens, and other serving pieces.
- Name tags, conference totes and handouts from meetings.
- Reusable shopping bags.
- Gifts you’ve never used (or liked).
- Unread newspapers and magazines.
- Catalogs, including duplicates.
- Expired coupons and circulars.
- Bins full of unidentified cords, cables, etc.
- Piles of business cards.
You can use this list to begin to declutter things at home, in the office, and in your car.
Decluttering and Organizing Tips:
- Set realistic limits for how much of a type of item that you will keep. Ask yourself, “How many of this type of item is enough?”
- Establish a deadline and commit to it. “I will use these items no later than…”
- Decrease the quantity by purging all of the items that you can easily let go of. For every similar item you acquire, agree to let go of 2-3 that you already have.
- Maintain your limit. Once you have a reasonable limit agree to the 1 in, 1 out rule.
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