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Tonight as I was working at my desk I started to twitch from the clutter around me. I blinked and then looked again. Where did this stuff come from I wondered? What it did was creep up on me so slowly that I hadn’t even noticed until it got to the twitching stage. I hate the twitching stage.
Clutter, it’s sneaky like that.
Follow the PROCESS steps.
Having a process to follow from beginning to end will help you keep those twitches from becoming full on seizures.
If you haven’t heard about this acronym I created it’s called PROCESS. It’s a very simple way to help you conquer any space or system from start to finish without getting too overwhelmed by all there is to do. It breaks down the steps of organizing for optimal success.
Plan your attack
Remove items from the space
Organize stuff into piles, sort & purge
Evaluate your plan
Solve and simplify
Smile, relax and enjoy your hard work
Please go read this post that explains each of those steps in more detail to give you a solid foundation for less chaos and clutter. It really works!
Also I’ve got a special treat for you today. I had Jessica from Kohler Created design a bookmark for me to go along with my new book and I want each of you to have one. Just print it double sided onto card stock and cut it out. It opens huge in pdf, just reduce the zoom to 100%. The PROCESS steps I just spoke about are all right there on the bookmark as a visual reminder. Keep it handy for those times you feel the twitches starting 🙂
I can’t wait to hear what you’ve been working on. We had a lot of discussion going on in the comments last week which was great. I’ve also received many email organizing questions but unfortunately my email is pretty backlogged at the moment and it might take me awhile to get to it. For faster response, please add your questions, struggles, victories, encouragement etc to the comments below. Thanks!
Some questions to consider:
1. What did you organize this past week?
2. Did you have any difficulties with it? Stumbling blocks? Major breakthroughs?
3. If you are reading my book, Clutter Rehab, were you able to put any of the organizing tips into practice this past week?
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