Organizing Tips That Work

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Organizing tips that work will help to prevent that feeling that you are just moving things or papers from one pile to another? Moving items from 1 pile to another is referred to as Churning. The outcome of this is can cause Clutter and disorganization. For those who find themselves unable to organize and let go of things it might also result in feelings of frustration and lack of productivity.

There are several reasons or obstacles that cause people to churn:

Organizing tips for reducing indecision

Organizing tips that work:

  • Decide where something should “live” and put it there. This must be in a specific location that you will store it when it is not in use.
  • Decide quickly, in 3-5 seconds.
  • Sort 1 pile of items or papers into 3 categories: keep, discard/recycle, donate. Remember that there is no “maybe” pile. You are simply sorting and seeing how it feels to make those decisions quickly.

Organizing tips for reducing fear

Organizing tips to reduce fear: Begin by asking yourself, “what would happen if I put this item out of sight?” Find out what would happen if I let this item/paper go?

  • Store it out of sight. Write down a specific date by which you will be ready to let it go.
  • Give it to a trusted friend to keep until a specific date. If you don’t need it by that date, let it go.

Organizing tips for creating systems

Organizing tips for creating systems that you can maintain easily:

  • Create a “home” for where an item will “live”. This might be a drawer or container for kitchen utensils. Each time that you are finished using the utensil put it there immediately.
  • If you are a visual learner, labels may be very useful to you. You can label any space or container to serve as a cue for where an item belongs when it is not in use.
  • Use broad categories for file folders (paper and digital/electronic). File folders may be used to house documents that you must retain for financial or legal purposes.
  • Broad categories reduce the number of files and are unlikely to contain only 1 or 2 items. Example: “appliances” rather than “dishwasher”, “washing machine”, etc.

For more tips and help with organizing contact your San Diego Personal Professional Organizer for a complimentary phone consultation.

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