Do you feel overwhelmed by the amount of clutter in one area of your home? Does it seem to be too large to tackle, so therefore, you don’t start? Instead, you can learn how to manage – and complete – your organizing project. It is natural to view a room as one project, but you don’t have to! One of the comments on the Testimonials Page of my website is the following:
“I listened to what you said about tackling a huge project by knocking the jobs out one by one instead of trying to do the whole thing in one fell swoop. Your advice was amazing!”
Here are four tricks to help you avoid overwhelm on your next large project.
One pattern I see when helping people organize is that there is a space away from the main living area where clutter is stashed. This could be a spare bedroom, an office, a garage, or an attic. Why are these rooms so stuffed with clutter? Barbara Hemphill, an expert in productivity, defines clutter is “postponed decisions.” When you don’t feel like making a decision, the spare room can become a natural spot to stash something you intend to think about…later. One of the tools that will help you complete a large project is to resolve to make decisions as you sort. I am not saying it will be easy, but you do need this tool in order to move forward.
- Start Small
Continue reading 4 Secrets to Avoid Organizing Overwhelm
In my most recent newsletter, I covered the topic of clearing your desktop. Now, let’s talk about maintaining your paperwork. I find that one of the most problematic types of paperwork is bill-paying. I have written a few questions that would like you to answer for yourself, so that you can be sure your bill-paying system matches what you actually do. Continue reading How to Remember to Pay Your Bills
First, I would like to thank all of you who took the time to take last month’s poll “What Organizing Topics Are on Your Mind?” The clear winner was “Small Organizing Projects I Can Do Myself.” Toward that end, I would like to present to you the subject of the junk drawer.
By its very definition, the junk drawer is a catchall for anything that does not have a home. Anything could be in it…batteries, old coupons, bottles of hand lotion, gift cards, loose change, mementos, pens, paperclips, keys, business cards…anything! But, we want to easily locate what we need, right?
Let’s break down the process into steps: Continue reading Small Project Organizing: The Junk Drawer
Whenever I tell a new acquaintance that I am a professional organizer, the most common response is, “oh, you don’t want to come to my house!” That tells me that people feel disorganized, which is not surprising with our hectic lives. But, what many people don’t understand is that your home does not have to be extreme for you to seek help. A project could be as small as one home office closet, a paper management system, organizing your recipes, or reorganizing a newly-emptied bedroom for an empty nester.
Therefore, I would like to present you with a range of organizing levels, and the resources to find that level of assistance. Continue reading How to find the Right Amount of Organizing Assistance