By: Becky Esker, President, Get Organized! LLC
One of the most important tips and
strategies for maintaining organization involves setting up a
system that is user-friendly. It needs to be convenient. If it
is too difficult to do or if it demands too many steps, you will
not do it.
3 Barriers Keeping You from Being
1) Inconvenience of locating files.
I would venture to guess that within the
multitude of papers on your kitchen counter, a chunk of them
just needs to be filed. You probably looked at each piece of
paper and did the ‘put it in a pile to file later’ move.
Does this scenario sound familiar? You
open the mail and deal with the paperwork in the kitchen, but
have your filing cabinet in the home office down the hallway,
upstairs or in the basement. If this is the case, filing is not
convenient for you.
Your solution involves one of two options.
You can either move your paperwork processing close to your file
cabinet or you can create a file system in your kitchen.
2) Closed containers or boxes.
Storing items in closed containers or boxes
do appear tidier. But if your items only make it to the top of
the container or box lid and do not get put away inside of the
container, you have defeated your purpose.
Why don’t you just put the items in the
container or box? It comes down to convenience. Many times it
is too many steps to do so. In some instances it may
include…unlocking the lid, lifting it off, putting the item
inside, closing the lid, and latching the lid. That is five
Your solution comes down to something very
simple…remove the lid. Now you can just drop your item in. That
is one step versus five steps. Which would you rather do?
3) Failure to create a home for all
I know you agree that if you put all things
away where they belong you will be able to find what you need
when you need it. However, if you do not have a designated home
for something, you find it easier to drop it on the counter or
shove it in the closet.
How can you make sure things have a home
and get put away? Simply said, you will need to get over the
discomfort and inconvenience of making a decision. Clutter is
simply the failure to make a decision. Discipline yourself to
make a decision and act upon it. Focus on your self-talk and be
sure to cheer yourself on.