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Smart Solutions for Working Women.
August 12, 2010
Issue #15

The Best 15 Minutes You'll Invest this Week

I've convinced that clutter makes us crazy.  It's a serious time waster and major energy drain.  Sometimes it's the simplest activities which have the biggest payoff in terms of helping us feel more in control of our busy lives.

Below are five places to start decluttering.  Cleaning any of these places is designed to be a brief activity which should take no more than 15 minutes.  Just choose ONE.  Select whichever jumps out at you and causes you to say, "Oh yes!  I definitely need to take care of that!"  Set a timer for 15 minutes and go!
  1. Your bathroom.
    Throw away anything that is expired or you no longer use. Let's be honest, the aqua eye shadow experiment was a complete disaster; it's time to let it go.  Relocate anything you don't use on a regular basis to the linen closet.  You will be so grateful in the morning when you're not knocking over all sorts of random items in search of the toothpaste.

  2. Your desk.
    Find 10 items to either toss or file.  Don't file any piece of paper that you can easily assess electronically later.  When you're done, find a place near your desk to keep empty files, hanging folders, and tab dividers.  This will allow you to quickly file papers in the future.

  3. Your sock or underwear drawer.
    Discard any socks that don't have a match or any item you would be horrified to be found wearing.  If it's old, lost its elastic, or doesn't fit, get rid of it.

  4. The dreaded kitchen drawer.
    Pick one drawer, preferably the messiest one.  Remove any items you haven't used in the past year (and probably won't ever use).  Confession: I just threw away the infant spoons found in my utensil drawer.  My youngest child is entering kindergarten; last time I checked, he didn't need spoons which fit into a jar of pureed carrots.

  5. Your email inbox.
    Take a look at your inbox and determine which emails fill your inbox yet are never read. Promotions from clothing stores? Google Alerts which you no longer find relevant? E-newsletter subscriptions?  Unsubscribe to anything you no longer want to receive.  Of course, don't unsubscribe from this newsletter.  Instead, feel free to forward to this to someone else who would benefit from some outstanding tips on improving the balance in their life. : )

Faun Zarge helps people find solutions for their work-life challenges.
She offers her practical, realistic strategies through a wide variety of highly interactive and engaging seminars.  Please feel free to contact Faun directly to discuss how she might help your organization.


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