A Power Process for Clearing Clutter
Saturday, October 25, 2008
A dear goddess friend of mine has been working for several months to rid her life of clutter, once and for all. She has been organizing her home a room at a time, with excellent success, in spite of the fact that she suffers terribly from asthma and allergies. Today she is tackling her workspace in anticipation of an imminent career change, making it necessary for this area to function flawlessly, in spite of it’s small size. Workspaces are second only to kitchens in their magnetic pull to frightening levels of clutter (but she’s already conquered the kitchen!). They are a vicious sucking vortex for important papers, projects, memorabilia, and generally anything else you’d prefer NOT to lose, but ultimately somehow end up feeding the morass…
If you have a workspace or other small area currently draining the energy from your home (as clutter notoriously does), here is a process to POWER your way to organization. The only caveat is that it MUST be finished in a single day! (More on that later.)
This was my response to her blog post:
You go girl! Sniffle your way to organization! (So you’ll be able to find the tissues when you need them. =P)
Take everything OUT of your workspace. Clear it down to the bare bones - furniture and walls. Now, arrange the furniture the way you’d like, if it isn’t already. Clean everything - dust your surfaces, clean your windows, vacuum… Now go to your pile o’ shtuff that you eradicated from the room. Using a SMALL box or bag, bring items / papers back into the room a few things at a time. Put them away in your totally clean space. Have several LARGE garbage bags ready and label them Trash, Recycle, Donate, and Shred. If there isn’t a place for it in your sparkling new workspace, it goes in one of these bags. Be ruthless.
Why this works: 1. Starting from a “perfect” space, and introducing items INTO it, acts as a psychological barrier to a certain level of clutter, which you might otherwise be inclined to just accept. 2. Because you are not shuffling items from one surface to another, it is exponentially more efficient. 3. Because you started from a clean slate both physically and mentally, you will be better able to locate the items you need going forward.
Why it MUST be done in a single day: If you leave the mess you created in another part of the house, even for just a day or two, it will begin to infiltrate that aspect of your life instead… now all you’ve done is traded one cluttered area for another… ugh! (Especially bad if you extradited the office clutter to an area you’ve previously organized!!)
Go get ‘em tiger!!
So what area have YOU been turning a blind eye to for longer than you’d like to admit? Reclaim it! That’s YOUR space, YOUR energy, and YOUR life!
Have a passionate, prosperous, and powerful day!
a.k.a. The Average Goddess
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