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I’ll tell you what makes me happy. Each week, as I tour the 52 Weeks links and read the comments, what is standing out to me and what makes me so proud is how many of you are NOT beating yourself up about what you haven’t accomplished. Because let me tell you, beating yourself up about what you haven’t accomplished, accomplishes nothing. I am seeing confidences growing as you complete each task, big and small. Doing something, even if all you can fit in is a small task, is still better than doing nothing at all. So way to go gang!
Today I want to talk a little bit about consolidating and I’m going to use paper clutter as my example because this one can be especially overwhelming. Paper is a huge stress for so many of us because we never get a break from it, it never stops, especially if you have kids. Gosh it can be daunting can’t it? And it’s even worse when we’ve got little piles of it all over the place. Finding something you need can be extremely difficult and only adds to the stress. It’s time to consolidate!
- to bring together (separate parts) into a single or unified whole; unite; combine: They consolidated their three companies.
- to discard the unused or unwanted items of and organize the remaining: She consolidated her home library.
Such a great word!
So if paper clutter is taking over your life, it’s time to get some control over it in a way that reduces your feelings of overwhelm rather than add to it. Here is what I recommend. Grab a cardboard box or basket and walk around your house, gathering all those papers up and putting them in the box. We’re going to go from multiple, scattered, I don’t know where anything is, piles to one big ole pile instead. School notes, mail, invitations, schedules, planning pages, clippings, you name it. Consolidate it all into the box.
Now rent a movie.
Yep you heard me, trust me it will make the process so much easier! Okay now it’s time to get down to business. While watching that movie start sorting the contents of that box. All similar items go together. Bills, school papers, schedules, to read, to file, etc. Depending on how much you’ve got it might take you a whole movie and it might not. Make sure you have a garbage bag beside you as well (or a shredder) and use it generously!
Consolidate and conquer!
Once you’ve got a handle on what you’ve got then you can go about finding storage solutions for it all. This can easily be done in stages as well as you have the time. And remember, there is no general consensus BEST way to do it. I get that question all the time and I cringe because I really can’t tell you that because it’s different for everyone. There are literally dozens of ways to organize any one thing and all are terrific for someone. I can make suggestions but whatever works for you is the best way to do it and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise :)
So whether you utilize a filing cabinet, a desktop filing center, archive boxes or even some of my suggestions from last week, your ideal system will be one that is easily maintained by you.
This consolidate and conquer method can work for many things around your home. Take a look right now and tell me if you see multiple piles of similar things. Anything from craft supplies, magazines, school supplies, books, tools, projects in progress, whatever it is, take note of it and plan to conquer it this week!
What do you need to consolidate and conquer in your home (and for fun what movie are you going to watch while you do it)? :)
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