Getting organized is a continuum, a work in progress, a journey not a destination, and a learning experience. In my work with clients, I see that there is a definite starting place for my clients that begins with organizing skills and new perspectives. Clients learn basic skills to help them get organized and be productive. I coach them to see new perspectives about themselves, their stuff and their time. I am thrilled to acknowledge their gains as they progress through the organizing continuum. If you are new to organizing, here’s how the continuum progresses. The time for the continuum depends on you.
Everything needs a place
It’s the basis of all organizing. It’s the age old adage, a place for everything and everything in it’s place. All the items in your home or office need a specific spot. That’s where they are located, put back and retrieved when used. The first step in getting organized is having a place for everything. Yes, EVERYTHING. You can start by assigning a function to each room, what you need to do that action, the items needed, and then the storage of the items. Overall, each item will have a home and a place as a result.
Everything needs a time to attend to it
Not only does everything need a place, everything needs a time for it to be worked on, worked with or returned to it’s spot. You make breakfast, retrieve dishes and cookware, wash it and return it to where it was placed. If you are doing your taxes, you need to gather documents, work on them, then store these whether paper or digital. When you work, you go to your digital documents, work, and save it to a digital spot. All things, papers, or digital documents need time to work the work and store appropriately.
There’s a place for your stuff, however it’s not worth the time to attend to it.
This is when your discerning decluttering really kicks into gear. It’s not that you don’t have space for an item, how important is it to spend time getting it to where the place is? How many do you have already or do you need? Our time is the most valuable commodity we have and we can let go of items just so it’s not as time consuming to put them away.
It’s not valuable enough to find the space for it.
Here’s where you begin to assess a “just in case” perspective. Is the possibility of use a good enough reason to keep an item? The Minimalists have this perspective. If it costs less than $20, and you can get it in 20 minutes, do you need it in your home or office? Finding the value of keeping an item helps you move forward in this continuum. It’s about prioritizing your time and space.
There are many easier ways to find the stuff you need.
You have wrangled your stuff to get it stored and put away. Now you realize that there are many easier ways to find what you need, whether it is stuff, information or paper. You are entering the continuum where you start releasing more and bringing in less to your home and office.
Living with less is rewarding.
Life is feels less overwhelming, more about experiences, and you are living the life you imagined.
Organized and stay organized.
Your life is about living, not about stuff. You stay organized because you know what is important to have and what to release. Congratulations on accomplishing the real goal of being organized!
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