So….have you ever wondered if you are organizing correctly?
“Am I doing this right?” is a question I get asked all the time.
So I thought I’d talk about the 3 biggest organizing mistakes we tend to make, this week we’re covering Mistake #2.
Are you ready? This one is a game changer!
Mistake #2 Sorting instead of deciding and doing
Sorting is when you take a pile of random items (also known as clutter) and separate the stuff into categories.
- You take a tall stack of paperwork and make mini piles – to file, to shred, to read, to do, and so on.
- You take a messy junk drawer and make mini piles- batteries, things I have no idea what they are, birthday candles, tape, pens without ink, and pens with ink and so on
- You take a pile of clothes and make mini piles – t-shirts, jeans, tank tops, shorts, sweats, pj’s and so on
Sorting is the easy part.
But you still have the same stuff, just spread out into mini piles – which only makes it more overwhelming.
What if instead of spending that time making mini piles you spend the time doing?
Such a wild idea it just might work!
It goes like this:
- set a timer for 5 minutes
- pick up the first item in the pile
Try it today:
- You take a tall stack of paperwork, pick up the first paper, a form you need to fill it out and you spend the time actually filling it out
- You take a messy junk drawer test all the pens and makers, tossing the ones that don’t write
- You take a pile of clothes and fill a bag with 10 items to give away
See why I like deciding more than simply sorting? You can do this – the best tip is to resist making more piles. I can’t wait to hear what you decide about first!