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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.

Tuesday Tidbit – Simple Tip to Get You Started

Question. On January 1st did you set a goal to “get organized”? It’s been 30 days. How are you doing working toward your goal? Making progress? Did any thoughts like the ones below trip you up?

  • Did you tell yourself you can’t do it PERFECTLY and will never finish so why start?
  • You think no one else in the family cares.
  • You don’t know where to start.
  • You don’t have the money to do it right.
  • You don’t have the time.
  • You don’t have the energy.

If you answered yes, you are not alone. Here is a simple tip to help you on your organizing journey.

To improve your success, define the quantities. This means:

  1. When
  2. How long
  3. Which part

When: If you actually schedule the time, it is a promise to yourself to follow through on your intention. It is a commitment.

How long doesn’t necessarily mean it has be a full day; it can be 5-10 minutes each day, which I call The Sweep. Get the family involved so everyone is invested in the process. Most of my clients prefer doing this before bed so they wake up to more calm. You might just enjoy a few minutes more for your morning coffee or the newspaper. Yes!

Which part means exactly that. Fold (and put away) laundry, empty the dishwasher or put away the clean dishes by the sink, bring dirty dishes and snacks back to the kitchen (and put away), take shoes to their rightful home, place Legos in the proper basket and books back on the shelf. Whatever makes sense in your family is a great way to start.

Simple Tip to Get Your Started outtaspaceorganizing.comYou can put on some fun music, set a timer and make it a game. I recommended this hourglass to a client with 5 kiddos and she said it is a winner. She uses it for The Sweep, teeth brushing, and so much more. Here is the link. (Unfortunately, the state of MN does not allow Amazon affiliates, but I still love this product.)

Implementing this simple, yet do-able, strategy will take you down the path to a more organized and less chaotic home.

If you’re looking for more ideas on do-able strategies, let’s start the conversation. Simply email or call and let’s see if we are meant to be on your organizing journey together.

Tuesday Tidbit – Are We All Alike?

Are We All Alike? outtaspaceorganizing.comIs there only one way to organize?

Should everyone organize the same way?

Heck NO!

Hopefully this is good news. We have our natural tendencies, but only one right way? NOPE!

One of my favorite clients is a single woman. Her nemesis was papers, the mail and filing. She would leave mail in the mailbox for a week at a time because it caused her so much stress to think of bringing more mail and papers into her home.

After we started working together, she shared that her former husband had THE WAY to handle these tasks. Unfortunately, it just did not make sense to her and since she could not do it THE WAY, she did her best to ignore it all. She felt “less than” and was distressed over the backlog piled in her home.

It was very freeing for her when we talked about how to implement HER way, one that worked with her natural tendencies and mindset. Together we dove into and slowly, but surely, crushed the piles, and she achieved Freedom!

Her system is for her, and if you are ready to learn more and implement systems for YOU, let’s start the conversation by either calling or emailing me. Let’s discover YOUR WAY to organize.