If you are one of the millions of Americans with Netflix streaming in your home, then you have probably heard the buzz about Marie Kondo’s show “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo”. This show has inspired many to dive in and declutter their homes, their closets, and even their offices, keeping items that “spark joy” and getting rid of the rest. In fact, thrift stores have been overwhelmed with donations since the show went viral! Organizing projects that had previously been put aside are now front and center as organizing is becoming a DIY (do-it-yourself) project for some. But is this approach for everyone?
Shows like Marie Kondo’s, among other shows on HGTV and cable networks, have reinforced the point that an organized life is more productive, more efficient, and ultimately more enjoyable. However, it’s essential to remember that you are watching a TV show. With all organizing projects, serious consideration should be given to the process prior to taking extreme steps like putting all the clothes in your closet on the bed or pulling all the papers out of your file cabinet. These projects are overwhelming and are even more so once you realize that they’ll take significantly more time than anticipated. Are you confident that you will see the project through to its end as leaving it half done isn’t an option? Remember that those items that are no longer needed will have to be donated, recycled, shredded or tossed. Those items that will be kept may require additional organizing tools or resources. All of this will require time and effort on your part.
Not everyone is able to successfully tackle an organizing project by themselves. Some are very overwhelmed by the prospect of getting organized and don’t know where to start. Others have difficulty staying on task. While yet others, are challenged by the decisions that need to be made. For these reasons plus others, it’s important to ask for help if you are truly committed to getting your office or home organizing project done. Assistance comes in different forms…. It can be a friend or family member who is holding you accountable and providing encouragement along the way as you organize your bedroom closet. It can be professional office organizer who will guide you through the process of removing the paper clutter and creating a productive work environment. All the while introducing systems that are customized for your specific workflow.
Can you do-it-yourself and declutter your space so it’s productive again? Possibly. Before diving in, make sure that you have the time, resources, and commitment to make it happen. Otherwise, you may end up with another half-finished project and even more clutter than you had in the first place.
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