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The Organizette!, Issue #59 -- Indecision and Inaction
September 05, 2013
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Ahhh… the sound of kids being back in school. It’s pretty quiet. I’m taking this time to catch up on running errands and getting chores done kid-free. And take a little quiet time to recoup from the summer break. The new school year though also inspires me to get back into a routine and reclaim the house and return it to a bit of order.
Halloween is next month already! We’ve been discussing costume possibilities. Costumes of interest this fall seem to be from the movie “Despicable Me 2” and the game “Minecraft”. We’ll see!
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Did you know…
In a study conducted by California Closets, 83% of women wanted their homes to be more organized. This included respondents who already considered themselves organized.
Phew! This means that only 7% of women feel they are organized enough to be satisfied. That’s a really small percentage. Which means, most of us are “typical” and we shouldn’t feel bad or beat ourselves up for wanting to be better organized.
(Source: California Closets Study Results).
The Monthly Mission – Kids Stuff
If you have kids, you have a lot more stuff because kids just seem to have a lot of stuff. To check out this month’s monthly mission to tackle your kids belongings,
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Indecision and Inaction = Clutter
Do you have things lying around your house that you’re going to get to someday? A stack of papers, a pile of magazines, some items you’re going to donate when you get around to taking it to Goodwill? These items are clutter. And I have it too.
Looking around my home I see a few piles of things that I need to deal with, at a later time. But why are they there?
Some of the items I’m not sure what I want to do with. I don’t know if I’m going to keep it, and if I do, where I’m going to put it, so for now it’s sitting there staring at me in a little pile in a corner and I’m doing my best to ignore it. I need to make some decisions!
Another big area of indecision is with sentimental items. According to a study by California Closets, 53% of the people who responded considered themselves “sentimentalists”. These are people who find it hard to throw anything away that has a memory attached to it, such as clothing, kids projects, souvenirs, etc. Not all sentimental items are clutter, but unless you love them and display them, or store them properly to admire or pass down, do you really need to keep everything? Will a photo of the item suffice? You’re really preserving the memory, not so much the item itself in many cases.
These are items where I know what I’m going to do with them, but I just haven’t taken action. Either I’m going to drop them off to charity, toss them in the garbage, or simply put them away. I think the largest inaction problem in my home is things not being put away. I don’t know how many times to repeat this to my family (and myself), but that one action would make the house SO much better.
Another reason for inaction can be that we’re avoiding this giant task of tidying up and getting organized. Some of our clutter requires no decision making… trash is trash, or as I mentioned earlier, just putting things away . But sometimes we feel that decluttering is such a big job, we can’t even get started. That’s why so many people recommend the 15 minute rule. Set the timer, do 15 min. of cleaning and then quit. What you accomplish in that time will add up and you will see a difference, making a big job much easier in much smaller chunks.
So, which comes first actions or decisions? I think that it’s really a mix. We need to take that first step, the action of getting up and dealing with the pile of stuff. Say, if you have a spare room you need to clean out, you need to open the door and get in there and start making decisions. Once decisions start happening, you will need to follow-up with further action, to see the job through to completion. Get the garbage to the garbage can, the donations to charity, etc.
Decluttering your home may be difficult at times when you have tough decisions to make. Try to do it in small doses, a couple decisions at a time. Little steps forward are still going forward! And keep your eye on the prize, the home you envision in your mind, a cleaner more open space for you to live and relax in.
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