Category: Problem Areas

When Spring rolls around, most people think and talk about “Spring cleaning” which for a lot of people means cleaning from top to bottom.  You know how it is, you clean all of those things that you wouldn’t clean during your regular weekly cleaning routine.

Spring cleaning is a beautiful thing and paves the way into the season, but when you really think about it , it s down to more than just cleaning.  If you really want to pave the way into the season, you have to purge and establish or refine systems that you already have in place.   Over the course of a year our homes and office spaces can accumulate quite a bit of things and it’s important that we weed those things out on a regular basis so that we only end up with things that we like and things that serve a purpose, which is important when you consider that clutter changes the energy in a space, not to mention physically blocks space.  When the space is free and clear of clutter the energy shifts.

As you declutter your space, sort things into separate boxes: give away, sell, throw away and be sure to get rid of old things associated with negative experiences or emotions.  The energy from them slows down progress and makes the energy in the space heavy, which really doesn’t work especially if you leave it in a work space.  Once you’ve decluttered, be sure that everything has a designated space.  Additionally, be sure that you have a system in place that will keep your environment clutter free and create new habits that will support you.  Additionally, look at your calendar and to-do list.  Clutter can accumulate there as well, it just happens to be in the form of unnecessary appointments and tasks.  When you finish decluttering your space, get rid of the unnecessary things on your calendar and to-do list as well.  Doing so will help you spring forward into the season.

Break; pause; disruption; intermission; interlude; disturbance; intrusion; stoppage; interval.  No matter what you call it, it’s an interruption.   We all are interrupted throughout the course of our workday, by people and by things that may not necessarily always be in our control.  No matter what the interruption is or how many of them we encounter during our day, the truth of the matter is that if you want to have a very productive day, you have to get a handle on managing those interruptions.   Get ahead of the game and start by preventing interruptions before they occur.

When you control interruptions and eliminate distractions in your day, you have more time to work on the things that matter.  Look at the things that keep interrupting your day or keep you from working on what matters most.  What are the things that interrupt you the most and why? What’s interrupting you right now?  What can you do to put a stop to that distraction?

If you can’t answer this question right away, keep track over the period of one week of what is interrupting you and the reason for each interruption.  Also make a note of how much time you spend on each distraction.  At the end of the week, add up the accumulated time spent on the distractions. As you review your list, ask yourself what you can do to stop the various distractions. 

One common interruption is the telephone.  It may not always be possible to not take phone calls or answer the phone, but there are times that it’s possible to have someone take messages, let the calls go to voice mail or place the phone on do not disturb and return calls later in the day.  This is especially helpful when you’re working on one of your top priority items.  You can keep working and know that you can still address the needs of those on the other end of the phone, just not right at that time.

Check my next post for more tips on handing interruptions!

There is always more to do, no matter what hat you wear in life.  Everyone from domestic engineers/stay at home Moms to top CEOs can relate to that.  At times it’s difficult to get things done because of the overwhelm conversation.  That conversation that we have with ourselves will keep us from accomplishing things unless we remember that it’s a conversation and deal with it accordingly.

Recently I was asked to contribute my thoughts on overcoming overwhelm.  I was one of 106 professionals who contributed to the Productive & Organized blog.  Click to see what I and 105 others have to say about overwhelm.

Come back and leave your thoughts, comments or post a question for me here.

Your kitchen is the heart of your home.  Lots of activity takes place in the kitchen so it’s prone to clutter.  Keys, back packs, homework, brief cases,  school books, and the list goes on.  Because so much activity takes place in this room, it’s got to be organized.

For starters, declutter your kitchen counter so you’re ready to cook.  After all, it is your kitchen.  Once you get rid of the clutter, designate a space for each of the usual items that end up in your kitchen.  Find or create a spot for your keys and use it; same with the back packs, brief cases, school and other items.  Getting in the habit of using the new spots might take a little while, but stick to it, and make sure everyone in the house knows the new spots.

Next, organize that junk drawer by pitching what you don’t need and the unrecognizable stuff and then organize what’s left by category using adjustable dividers.  Don’t buy your dividers until you’ve scaled down to just the things that need to go into the drawer, that way you know how many dividers you need, and how much you need to put in each space.

Save those restaurant menus in a binder using sheet protectors for quick reference.  Organize them by restaurant type or in alphabetical order.  Put away small appliances and use clear storage containers in cabinets so that you can see what you have and how much of it is left.  Create upright storage for pizza stones, cookie sheets and the like.

Linen closets can be a space for disaster.  To get started, take inventory of what you have that needs to be stored in your linen closet.  Get rid of the things you no longer want to keep and things that shouldn’t be in the linen closet.  Dividers and baskets and other containers can be used to store items, but be sure that after taking inventory you know exactly what you have left and what you need to store it.  For example, how many dividers, how many baskets and what sizes.  Also determine how they will fit together to store everything.  Once you’ve done your homework, then purchase your containers.  Doing so before hand can have you ending up with the wrong containers, or not enough of them to store your items.

Store seasonal items up top and things used every day within easy reach.  Label shelves, baskets and other containers so everyone knows where everything goes.  This will help you avoid possible disaster.  Limit your number of linens to what you need in order to keep down the clutter.

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