In my Get Organized Course (registration is currently closed but I’ll do another round later this year), I’m helping dozens of people organize their digital, personal and financial lives.
One of the big principles of organization is to get rid of the clutter. Whether it’s your desk or your car or your mind, excessive stuff inhibits your ability to focus. The old excuse of “I know where everything is” just doesn’t cut it.
If you want to be more productive and effective, you’ve got to clear out the clutter. Here are six ways to get started.
1. Set a 15 minute timer on your phone. Work on your desk, the kitchen junk drawer or your closet for just 15 minutes.
2. Make a donate box. You can go all Martha Stewart and make something pretty and leave it out all the time. It’s a great reminder to continually de-clutter.
3. Buy this scanner and scan all papers that come into your house. Then throw them away.
4. Get rid of any clothes you haven’t worn in the last six months. I promise you won’t miss that Cleveland Browns shirt you’ve had for the last 8 years. It doesn’t fit anymore anyway.
6. Implement the 2 for 1 rule with your kids toys. Kids are clutter culprits. So make a rule…If they want something new, they have to get rid of two things they already have.
Those are six quick tips. Leave a comment and share one of your own.