In last week’s Blog, we discussed Marie Kondo’s extreme method of decluttering.
You may not want to take such drastic decluttering measures as Ms Kondo recommends, but you may need to organize what you have. Amazon.com has 100’s of books available with advice and guidance on how to organize every aspect of your lives, including your homes. Closets, kitchens and baths, kid’s toys, sporting equipment, hobbies and crafts, even your garage.
We can’t improve on that array of information, but one item bears mentioning here, and that is the fact that most of us are inundated with paperwork. Everyone seems to feel they have too much paper, and it’s easy to become overwhelmed with the constant influx of paperwork into our homes. It appears that the idea of paperless society is a complete myth because most of us are reluctant to get rid of our paperwork!
Organizational experts suggest that when sorting personal papers, it’s going to take a lot longer than you think it will! The decision to keep, shred, file and organize requires you to pick up each piece of paper, look at its content and make a decision on its value.
Most of the paper coming into your homes probably can be discarded, and the best way to keep up with it is to weed it out every day. This applies to magazines, catalogs, mail, receipts, etc.
Another recommendation from experts is to create an effective calendar—digital or paper—that helps you control your life. Put all lists, errands, shopping, tasks, To Do lists, appointments, etc. on your calendar and clear those details from your mind. Get rid of those Post Its scattered throughout your house and put those reminders in your calendar. Transferring all these details onto ONE useful calendar is a systematic method for simplifying your life.
We hope these tips and suggestions are helpful in your quest to prevail over all that clutter!