time management

5 Tips for Decluttering and Organizing Your Entryway

5 Tips for Decluttering and Organizing Your Entryway

Several years ago, before I had decluttered my stuff and organized my space, I had quite the embarrassing morning. I was working in a school at the time, about a half hour away from where I lived, and as I was trying to get out the door, I realized that I couldn't find my keys to save my life.

Until that morning, it was normal for me to shuffle around for 5-7 minutes longer than I thought I'd need, gathering all of my stuff as I headed out the door. My keys were always floating around somewhere, and I'd have to look around to find them, and most days I did.

That morning, however, I turned the house upside down looking for these keys for about 15 minutes before I realized that I needed to call the school and let them know I was going to be late. It must have been 45 minutes before I finally found my keys, and the experience taught me a life lesson: designate one spot for your keys.

Many people need their keys to leave the house and get to work. Other things can, and do, get left behind if it takes too long to find them.

What if it didn't have to be like that?

Is Perfectionism Holding You Back?

Is Perfectionism Holding You Back?

When you think of organization, does the word "perfection" ever come to mind? 

As a recovering perfectionist, the pristine imagery of home organization that we tend to see in magazines was part of what intrigued me into figuring out what makes a space tick.

My perfectionist streak craved a home that reflected this level of organized perfection. I thought that this aesthetic perfection would create a soothing, peaceful space.

After years of renting, my husband and I finally became homeowners. This gave us the opportunity to invest in a space rather than make do with whatever we had when our living situation was short-term.

My perfectionist streak was so excited that the pristine aesthetic that I craved could finally be mine. At long last!

When You Backslide from Decluttering

When You Backslide from Decluttering

Not too long ago, I happened to overhear a woman talking about how much she loves decluttering. How much she absolutely loves getting rid of stuff since she discovered how freeing it is for her life.

“Of course,” she says, “I’m always shopping to make up for it. And now I find myself just sitting around surfing my phone with all this free time."

"Is this what it was all for?"

People often think the only challenge in decluttering is letting go. Her struggles illustrate the other side of the coin - contentment.

While it’s important to learn how to let go, and your freedom is worth fighting for - people tend to find themselves in this woman’s situation when they come out the other side. 

They have open space that they’re desperate to fill again. They’ve reclaimed their time but can’t figure out how to use it. If you stop there, you may feel like you’ve won the battle but lost the war.

How to Make Time for What Matters to You

How to Make Time for What Matters to You

Getting organized matters very much to my clients. I’m often told that just getting our sessions on the calendar does a lot to reinforce their commitment. 

Getting "out from under" small tasks is an important part of organizing and these small tasks are up to the client to complete on their own time. For example, if we are sorting papers in their office, we usually need to create a pile for papers that require their action. Working through these small tasks can be an obstacle for my clients.

This is where our work will turn to time management.

What I notice with these clients is that often they are caught in a pattern of reacting to tasks, projects, and engagements as they enter their orbit. In this paradigm, they have a hard time discriminating important from non-important, urgent from non-urgent; and they rarely have time or energy left for themselves.