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I am going to quote something a friend of mine wrote, because today I want to touch on one of the important aspects to organizing, which is 'Finding out what works.'
"When it comes to problems, we often get fixated on what we don't like. It's like a trance that keeps us stuck! One of the best ways to take a fresh look at your problems is to ask. "What does work here?" By tuning the mind in to a different channel, we see things we never saw before."
Judi Clark M.Ed, PCC
Judi has a really good point here, and you can learn more by following the link to her site, yet before you do, let's think about this concept in a organizing capacity for a moment too...
When someone is up to their eyeballs in clutter, they may look around and say "Nothing Works!" out of sheer frustration. Yet this is just a first impression, because no matter how bad it seems there is usually something that works.
There is always an area that for some reason is under control. Let's start by identifying what that is.
As they say "Don't fix what aint broke."
The next time you are looking to organize a space in your home or your office, take a close look at what works and ask yourself why. Look at 'what works' and try to see how you can create other systems for other areas that appeal to you in the same way.
If for example when you come home, you like to 'just drop everything' in the front hallway and although you have a desk there to neatly catch your purse and keys, your shoes and jacket just get thrown on the stairs because opening the closet and hanging them up just doesn't appeal to you as you just walk in. In this case you can consider a better landing pad for your coats and shoes, like perhaps a coat rack and a large basket under the desk to catch the shoes.
Try to work with your natural tendencies; it's much easier than fighting them. Recognize when something works, and that you did something right too. Give yourself credit when it is due when you do find that thing that works, celebrate! You're on the way!
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