It always happens. You start an organizing project. You sort the items, you trash the stuff you definitely don’t want. You make a donation pile. You find one more box of stuff. It’s late and you just can’t face it, so you don’t.
The next day is full of other activities. The day after that you finally put the already sorted things away, but what do you do with the pile you haven’t looked at and what do you do with the things you can’t decide about?
This is where it falls apart for people. Where they give up and claim getting organized doesn’t work. Really, they just are not aware of the rest of the process. It is actually quite easy once you know what it is, and it works for paper clutter, item clutter, time clutter and people clutter, basically all kinds of clutter.
Here are the 3 most frequent road blocks and how to get around them:
Recognize that there is a bit of transition involved with any organizing project. Some stuff just needs to be put elsewhere. Some stuff may not have a final resting place yet, and some items may not fit where you want them to go. What you want to do with those items is get them as close to where you want them as you can, while still keeping them out of the way until you get to work on that area. Remind yourself that it is just temporary and go on about your day.
Make not deciding your decision. Create a spot, box, bag, shelf, pile, for the items you just aren’t sure about yet. Call it your indecision pile. Review it at the end of each organizing session to see if a decision can be made with the knowledge you have now. If the other piece of that puzzle wasn’t in the place you thought it would turn up, can you let the whole puzzle go now that it is incomplete? Now that you can see the front of the TV and know it doesn’t match the brand of the remote control it’s time to let it go – the remote, not the TV, or maybe…
Incorporate the old stuff into the new system. When you find a box of stuff that goes with something you already have set up, make the decisions about that stuff as you put it away. Is that pair of scissors you kept in the desk drawer still your favorite or do you like the pair in the box you found in the garage better? Are 6 candle sticks enough? Can you let go of the one you kept just in case you couldn’t find the one that just appeared on the shelf in the other room? Now that you have found a Medicare and You booklet from 2012 put the 2010 version in the recycle bin.
A little bit at a time gets it done. Notice how these strategies work when you are bringing in something new as well. Once an area is set up it’s really easier to make decisions about what to keep there, and putting things away will be a breeze.