2nd BIG Organizing Mistake

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:

  1. set a timer for 5 minutes
  2. pick up the first item in the pile
  3. decide/do

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!

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