I’ve helped quite a few clients with their offices whether at home or at work. Clients are typically motivated to improve their productivity and spend less time looking for things. However, there is another reason to get organized. Like it or not, some people may look at your desk and make judgments (positive and negative) about your work ethic or abilities. Of course, you don’t want a messy desk to keep you from advancing your career. We’re happy to share some easy-to-implement ideas from our friends at Quill to help you keep your desk clean, and your work projects on track.
Who says clutter clearing has to be something you do alone? After all, if you have a family it isn’t likely that you created all the clutter on your own. Instead make decluttering a family project. When everyone is vested in the outcome from the beginning, organizing solutions are more likely to last. If you try to impose a system without getting input, family members may put up a fight and return to their messy ways. Learning to work together is an important life lesson. If you choose to organize communal spaces by yourself, family members may be missing out on developing important skills.
If you are wondering why you feel more stressed than ever before, technology may be to blame. When we remain constantly connected through smart phones and other electronic devices we receive information at unprecedented speed, faster than our brains are able to process. This induces the body’s stress response and there is a growing body of evidence that chronic activation of this system can be damaging to our health. Studies have also shown that technology may have a negative impact on depression and even long term memory. “Technology is part of culture and we just accept it, but we don’t have time to process it and it induces fear and anxiety,” says Peggy Sealfon, an author, speaker and stress and anxiety coach. “We need to teach coping skills. We need to get to the root cause of our stress.”
It seems to be a common belief that people are either left-brained or right-brained, good with liberal arts or good with math and science, artsy or organized. While people certainly can lean one way or the other, the idea that creativity and organization can’t coexist simply isn’t true.
Here are some ways creative people can find a system to organize their space:
Understand Your Style
Knowing your preferred methods of organizing and processing information are crucial when trying to create. The same way one person might like to absorb ideas through visuals rather than audio, it’s important to know whether you like pens versus pencils, technology over tangible materials, or listening to music instead of silence. Don’t make it more difficult to cultivate creativity. Apply strategies that work well with your natural inclinations.
Many people associate living simply with removing the physical clutter in their life – the things we have accumulated over the course of a lifetime that that no longer have meaning or a purpose. But it’s more than that. It’s also about pairing life down to only those things, activities and relationships you need or cherish. And just because items don’t take up physical space, doesn’t mean they can’t weigh us down mentally. Think about the constant barrage of commercial messages we are exposed to online and on TV that we have to filter through on a daily basis.
Why having an organized home is pure joy
What brings you joy? Family and friends are probably first on everyone’s list, but I have to say that having an organized home is near the top for me. Here’s why:
I can focus on the people
For starters when my home is organized, I feel more focused and can devote my full attention to the people in it. There are no the piles of laundry, paper and junk to distract me.
I worry less about money
Get a Clear View of Your Organizing Efforts
I like the idea of placing your weekly organizing accomplishments on post-it notes and putting them in a jar. When I posted it on Facebook it generated a lot of response. The idea of the notes is to provide you with a visual reminder of how much you accomplished over the course of a year. You may want to review all your progress at the end of the year by looking at all the notes you made.
Your closet doesn’t need to be a source of frustration. When you organize your closet to maximize space and make it easy to find what you need, it’s something to treasure. Before you declare your current closet hopeless, look at your closet with an open mind.
Assess the current state of your closet.
Is it crammed and jammed? Do wish you had more shelves or more hanging space? Does it hold items that really don’t belong with your clothes? Make a list of what you don’t like about your current closet.
Clear out what you aren’t using.
Living your best life doesn’t have to be overwhelming. We think it’s best to take it one day at a time. As we move through the year we will focus on one of 12 tips to help you on your journey. Make every day better.
- Create your vision.
- Align with your values.
- Focus on what brings you joy.
- Live simply.
- Find your creativity.
- Cultivate a spiritual connection.
- Share love with others.
- Make a meaningful contribution.
- Explore new places.
- Be a lifelong learner.
- Appreciate nature.
- Be adventurous!
Are you wondering how you are going to get it all done? When the holidays arrive decorating, shopping, baking, volunteering and entertaining are added to an already hectic schedule. We’re here to help you meet the challenge.
Get time on your side
We’re usually good about using a calendar to schedule social events, but try using it to block out times for baking, decorating and shopping. Set priorities and consider less time consuming alternatives.