Talking with Peter Walsh this week was very insightful. This is an interview (Manage Your Stuff with Peter Walsh) you MUST listen to. He goes deeper than the stuff that overwhelms our lives to give us a whole new mindset!
Before you even start to organize, declutter, or start any project, you need to ask the right question…
Have you ever asked someone, “What do you want for your birthday?” Or, have you asked, “What do I want for my new house?” Or, “What do I need for a happy marriage?”
Peter explains that we are using the wrong word – FOR. We shouldn’t be asking what we want FOR our birthday, FOR our new house, or FOR a happy marriage. But, we ask that all the time, right? We have been trained to use the word FOR.
Instead, Peter explains, we need to use the word FROM. Ask, “What do I want FROM this room, FROM this marriage, FROM this event, FROM this home, FROM this business, FROM this …
What question should you ask before you begin to organize?
What do I want FROM this space?
Ask before you even enter a room. Put this question on your calendar and schedule 15 minutes to think about this. Write down the answer to this question on a piece of paper. Hang it up so you see it every time you walk in the room.
In our book, Seriously End Clutter Without Taking Yourself Too Seriously, we teach you our signature method to organize your space. BUT, before we do that, we walk you through an exercise to help you choose words that describe the kind of home you desire. We even include a full page of suggestions for you to choose from…or at least inspire you! Peter Walsh and Clutter Interrupted are on the. same. page. 🙂
Now let’s look at some examples.
- What do I want FROM my kitchen? Clean. Clear countertops. Comfortable gathering place. Easy to prepare healthy meals.
- What do I want FROM my bedroom? Relaxing. Retreat. Warm and cozy. A place to read. Open spaces. Aesthetically organized clothes that fit in closet and dresser.
- What do I want FROM my garage? A safe place for my car. Inviting entry to my home. Access for kids to get outdoor toys (bikes, balls, etc). An attractive area to hold coats, shoes and backpacks so they can stay out of the main living area inside home. Orderly.
This is now your vision.
Now you can move on to the stuff…
When you begin to make decisions on what to keep and what to get rid of always refer back to your vision.
- Does a computer in your master bedroom enhance and support your vision? If not, move it out.
- Do dishes that you received as gifts but haven’t used in 12 months (taking up valuable shelf space) support your vision?
- Do clothes on the floor support your vision? If not, when you are tempted to be lazy and drop them on the floor take the extra 30 seconds to hang them up or toss them in the hamper. If there isn’t room in your closet for them you need to refer to your vision and get rid of more.
Hope this helps you! What space are you wanting to organize? What do you want FROM this space?