We had a few takeaways from our 31 Days to an Organized Office project. The following 4 questions are the keys to these takeaways and will help you organize. Listen to our conversation as we talk about organizing Chelle’s office on our show this week. Read on to see what a reader’s big takeaway was.
WHO CAN HELP ME?
Accountability is serious and it works. Everyone gets more done with accountability and deadlines. Have an accountability appointment(s) with an accountability partner on the calendar when you begin your project. This gives you a deadline . Having a blog and having to blog every day is amazing accountability. 🙂
Having someone actually HELP you hands-on is even better. Who do you know who is organized? Could you ask them to help you with a project? You could trade and help them on a project, too. Even when you don’t FEEL like organizing if someone is coming to help you there isn’t much of a choice! When Chelle didn’t feel like it I (Tracy) would show up and drag her up to work on the office. I’m nice like that!
COULD I LIVE WITHOUT THIS?
Yes. Yes. Yes. Say yes more than no and put it in the donate box! Just think the more you get rid of the less you have to organize. Don’t say I might need this, I want to fit into this or I might give this to someone. If you are not using this NOW then get rid of it. Live in the present.
WHERE DO YOU KEEP THIS ITEM NOW?
When we found something that didn’t belong in the office I would ask Chelle where she kept those types of items now? Often she would stare at me. She talks about how she’s never really thought to keep everything in ONE location. I find this often with clients. After we organize they KNOW just where to put things away.
WHERE WOULD I THINK TO LOOK FOR THIS ITEM?
How do you find a home for all the stuff that doesn’t have a home? Where do you begin? If you were looking for something (lets say an extension cord) where would you think to look? The first place that pops into your head could be the ideal location for all the extension cords. Thinking backwards like this works.
What takeaways did you have from our 31 Days to an Organized Office?
This is what Nancy, one of our readers, said after reading Day 21 about relocating a pile:
I just have to say how obvious it is to talk about moving the piles you find to a different place to deal with later. I am so GLAD you stated the obvious!!!!! My office has been in an awful state for at least a year (maybe more) I just purchased some new cabinets from Ikea and have started organizing.
I have SO MANY piles/stacks of things that really belong somewhere else, but I was feeling that I NEEDED to deal with each and every thing right then and there in order to say the room was organized! But it makes perfect sense to put off really “organizing’ each and everything thing until later.
If I tried to do it all at once, it really would take forever and I would feel like I just wasn’t getting anything done at all. (hence my standstill for at least a year). So I am going to relocate my extra picture frames, extra school supplies and books that belong in other locations,sheet music and whatever else I find!!!!
Thanks for stating the obvious, sometimes it just takes someone to say something that isn’t involved in your project!!!!
Plus, an organized space is motivating and inspires us to continue on to these other projects. Remember to keep a list taped up of these “other areas” that need to be purged and organized. After your first space is complete you can pick one area off your list to organize. Give it a deadline. Then, continue on to complete the list…one project at a time.
Keep following Clutter Interrupted because Chelle’s photo closet will definitely be a project we’ll cover in the future. I can’t wait to help her. Then she can help me peel the wallpaper in my master bathroom!