Archive for February 2018

Tuesday Tidbit – Making Organizing Decisions Easier

When you begin your organizing journey, whether you chose to go it alone or with my help, it is helpful to create our own hard and fast rules as to what you keep and what you don’t keep.

These rules make the decisions easier. You don’t have to think so hard while “in it” and this also has the benefit of speeding up the process.

Some Rule Suggestions:

  1. Clothes:  Keep if worn in the last 12 months (unless they apply to either bonus tip!).
  2. Books:  Classics you intend to read again or reference books. (Hint: Much of what we want to reference is available elsewhere.)
  3. Kitchen utensils:  Keep if used in the last 12 months. If you are really not going to use that whatchamacallit, then let it go.
  4. Publications:  3 months of a monthly publication or 3 weeks of a weekly publication.
  5. Bonus tip:  Do not keep anything that makes you feel sad, guilty, disappointed, ugly, or angry. You deserve to love what you have and have it fill you up, not bring you down.
  6. Final tip:  Just because you paid “big bucks” for something, if your life and lifestyle doesn’t have you still loving it, needing it or wearing it… Let it go!!

I can help with this process. Just reach out by phone or email and let’s start the conversation.

Tuesday Tidbit – A Starfish and Clutter

Perhaps you’ve read a version of what was originally titled, “The Star Thrower”, which was published in 1969, by anthropologist/philosopher/writer
Loren Eiseley, as part of an essay.

This version was found on Wikipedia, and apparently it doesn’t violate anyone’s copyright. I’ve seen it with and without the final paragraph.

A Starfish and Clutter outtaspaceorganizing.comAs you read the story, think of your clutter as the overwhelming number of Starfish on the beach. As the young lady in the story kept at her task of making a difference to as many Starfish as possible, you too can make a difference to how you live in and enjoy your home. Just keep trying, keep working at it, and know that your consistent actions ARE making a difference.

Enjoy The Star Thrower:

An old man had a habit of early morning walks on the beach. One day after a storm, he saw a human figure in the distance moving like a dancer. As he came closer, he saw that it was a young woman and she was not dancing, but was reaching down to the sand, picking up a starfish and very gently throwing it into the ocean.

“Young lady,” he asked, “Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”

“The sun is up, and the tide is going out, and if I do not throw them in they will die.”

“But young lady, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it? You cannot possibly make a difference.”

The young woman listened politely, paused, and then bent down, picked up an other starfish and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves, saying, “It made a difference for that one.”

The old man looked at the young woman inquisitively and thought about what she had done. Inspired, he joined her in throwing starfish back into the sea. Soon others joined, and all the starfish were saved.

Tuesday Tidbit – How Much is an Hour of Your Life Worth?

How Much is An Hour of Your Life Worth?“People Who Hoard” was the topic of a recent training I attended. To be honest, this is not a specialty of mine, but I have a few clients who approach the edge of the clinical description and I wanted to learn more about how I might better guide them.

The presenter had an interesting formula that I feel many people can embrace. He encouraged people to place a value on an hour of their life. The distinction between an hour of your life and hour of your time was a new concept.

We can use magazines as an example.

  1. How much is an hour of your life worth? Let’s use $100
  2. How long will it take you to go through each magazine? Let’s use an hour.
  3. How many magazines do you have? 50

The Result: $100/hour x 60 minutes x 50 magazines = $5000

This is a new way to look at handling the stuff in your life, including the backlog of papers, junk mail, donation requests, publications with “amazing life-changing” offers, and, of course, magazines.

This awareness allowed them to decide how they wanted to proceed with the visible and hidden clutter in their home and to be ruthless about what they allowed into their home in the future.

Using this formula, it’s now up to you to decide how you want to spend the hours in your life.

I can help with this process. Just reach out by phone or email and let’s start the conversation.