Gid Rid of the Mess

Posted on 24. Jun, 2010 by Julia Mitchell in Encouragement

Get Rid of the Mess, Get Rid of the Stress

It pays to get organized!!!

Take a look around. What do you see? Whether you’re at home or at your desk, chances are you’ve got stuff. Stuff to be sorted through, thrown out, stored, and above all, organized. What you don’t have? Time and motivation.

Organization is about being able to find things,‖ says Donna Smallin, author of Cleaning Plain & Simple. ―The goal isn’t so you have a nice, neat space. It’s to find things because when you can’t, it’s frustrating and it’s stressful.‖ (Just ask anyone who has wasted an hour hunting for car keys.)

For a clean sweep, you don’t need to spend every weekend between now and New Year’s shuffling through stuff in your basement or your office. Instead, break your tasks into manageable chunks of time–just 10 to 30 minutes a day–and get it done bit-by-bit. Here are easy tips to help you get organized and stay that way at work and at home.

At Home

Your home is a haven from the rest of the world,‖ Smallin says. ―When you have a more orderly environment, there’s more of a sense of peace so you really are creating a welcoming space to come home to and feel good about.‖ Here’s how to make your living space the place you want it to be.

Instant makeover

Over the years you’ve accumulated enough tools, gadgets, and doo-dads to run your own cooking show out of your kitchen. Problem is, you’re more of a bread-buyer than breadmaker type of gal. Problem solved: ―Clear off your kitchen counter completely,‖ Smallin says. Then, put back only the things you use on a regular basis and store the rest away in cabinets.

Clean out the closet

It can be tempting to leave every piece of clothing you own in your closet. But are you really going to wear those bermudas in October? Instead, create what Smallin calls an ―everyday closet.‖ The only clothes you should be looking at are those you could potentially wear this season. Clear out anything that doesn’t fit, needs repair, or that you didn’t wear last fall. Next: Every day for a week, spend 10 to 15 minutes going through one drawer or one shelf at a time. You can even do this during commercials.

Donate year-round

One problem with cleaning is what to do with the stuff you don’t want. Keep a donation box somewhere in your home where you can put clothes, toys, old cell phones, kitchen gear, and eyeglasses to give away. Donate the stuff to a charity of your choice. Many, like the Salvation Army and Big Brothers Big Sisters, pick up the stuff from your house at no cost. Your unnecessary belongings are going to a good cause.

At Work

According to a recent study, 75% of workers become more stressed when disorganized. Because of the mess, the study found, workers miss crucial deadlines and wind up working late 2 or more nights per week. But the same study found that cleaning just one part of your desk reduces anxiety and makes the job seem easier. Start near your keyboard (the area that distracts you most) or the paper pile that’s been sitting around the longest.

Does it stack up?

Privacy is one thing, but if you’ve been hiding beneath stacks of papers that couldrival the Sears Tower, it’s time to find your way out. Every day for a week, go through one pile on yourdesk. Do it when you’re feeling most decisive— it’s judgment time. Smallin suggests: ―Make a decisionabout each paper: Throw it out? Shred it? File it? Deliver it?‖ Once your area is clean, get into the habit of making a decision every time a piece of paper lands on your desk.

Make a clean exit Carve out the last 5 minutes of every workday to clear off your desk, Smallin says. File away any papers you didn’t get a chance to go through earlier. If it’s something you need to tackle first thing in the a.m., leave it by your computer. The rest? Out of sight, out of mind. Then, take a moment to sweep a disinfecting wipe over your (uncluttered) desk. You wouldn’t believe how many germs reside there.

Let me know how you go!!


About the Author

Julia Mitchell is an online professional networker and a coach. Julia coaches and mentors like minded people to succeed in their chosen field and invites you to join with her.


Lou Barba

26. Jun, 2010

When I was an insurance and securities salesman, I used to have these stacking trays on my desk. When they got full, I would add another level. Needless to say, that wasn’t the answer. Now, I’m like you, I have messes in a few different places. I have to get organized on how I clean them up! Focus is a good thing.
Take yourself lightly! If angels didn’t take themselves lightly, they wouldn’t get off the ground.

Julia Mitchell

26. Jun, 2010

That is such wisdom thanks for sharing Lou. I’m feeling more open to getting more work done since having the clean up. It really makes a difference the environment we work in. Have a great day.
Julia :)

Heather Te AMo

27. Jun, 2010

LOve your site Julia. Love the desk idea.

Julia Mitchell

27. Jun, 2010

Thanks Heather it doesn’t take that long really for paper to pile up even though we do more things on the internet. :)

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