The Best 15 Minutes You'll Invest
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.