2 Honest-To-Goodness Ways To Get Rid Of Clutter
Getting rid of clutter just got easier by using these 2 tried and true ways to manage your time and get rid of clutter. If you think you don’t have enough hours in the day try these for 10 days ans find out what a big difference they make.
When I think of my 82 year old grandma I think of her tiny yet beautiful garden with its straight rows of veggies. My cousins and I usedto “sneak” (Now that I am older I suspect she was watching us from her kitchenwindow) into the lettuce patch and pick the luscious greens. We would take them into the house and after washing the leaves would smother them in mayonnaise and eat them with relish and delight. My grandma would fake scold us for getting in her garden and we would laugh and giggle.
Another thing I remember her doing was twiddling her thumbs. I was reminded of this mannerism the other day when I was visiting with a friend and she was doing the same thing. It caught me off guard that someone who is not old was twiddling her thumbs.
Do you ever say to yourself “I sat around all day twiddling my thumbs”? It might be nice if we had that luxury but I know we are all busy and our time is at a premium with everything we have to do. One of the things I see a lot of in magazines at the news stands are articles on getting rid of clutter and clutter clearing.
Just like thumb twiddling doesn’t get us anywhere just being busy doesn’t mean we are accomplishing getting rid of clutter. There are many easy things we can do every day that will help us to clutter clear in our homesand space.
1. Make lists. Write your lists in a place where you can find them again. I don’t recommend using sticky notes as they can pile up, get lost and buried. Write them in your daily planner. (If you don’t have a planner get one and use it—either an electronic one or a paper one). I use a paper one because I like the tactile feeling of writing things in it and checking themoff.
· Create a master list where you write everything that comes into your head that you want to do. Things as simple as sewing on abutton, calling someone, exercising, working on a craft, or getting rid of clutter in a specific area in your home.
· Create a daily to do list. Prioritize this listby putting a number by each item in the order of the most important things to get done first down to things you want to get done but can be moved to another day if they aren’t done that day. Caution: Don’t always move ‘get rid of clutter’ to the next day.
2.Plan for tomorrow today. Years ago I was trained in the one minute manager system.The only thing I remember from that training which I have used for years and has proved to be very valuable is this: prepare for tomorrow the night before. When I worked in an office I would use the last 10 minutes of the day to straighten my desk and check my planner to see what was planned for the next day.
At home I do the same thing, at the end of every day I tidy up which is a way to get rid of clutter that has maybe accumulated during theday. Doing it daily prevents clutter from piling up. Piles always take a lot longer to get rid of.
Mornings are much easier and simpler when the cell phone has been recharged the night before and anything leaving the house has been placed by the door. (Things such as back packs, brief cases etc.) Also checking purses for lunch money or check to see if things needed to make lunches are on hand to make mornings run smoother.
These two simple tips: to make lists and plan ahead make getting rid of clutter easier as not always being in a big hurry and “scattered” help keep us focused and accomplishing our goals.
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