Today I am sharing a few things clients have tried over the years that I know don’t work so you can avoid them right from the start. If it’s too late for that, you will want to pick one of these bad habits and fix it right away. And then fix the next one and the next one until you are through all five. This will lead you to having a more organized home and a simpler life. [Here are some helpful tips on making a place for everything].
Let’s explore a few bad habits you need to eliminate immediately.
Most people seem to think that a junk drawer is an essential organizing tool. Having eliminated my own junk drawer many years ago, I beg to differ. A junk drawer serves absolutely no good purpose other than to create another mess. Even the one above which has some semblance of organization is still much too full. Many of those random objects need better homes in other places in the house. Remember, clutter is nothing more than a series of postponed decisions.
Stuffing Things in Grocery Bags
This is one tactic that I have come across a lot over the years. Every time I ask why random, unrelated items are in grocery bags I almost always get the same answer. Someone was coming over and you had to tidy up in a hurry. So, instead of allowing yourself enough time to go through the random stuff and either return it to its rightful place, or get rid of it, you stuffed it in a bag. Huh?
Putting It Away “Later”
Please do not tell yourself you will do it “later”. If you don’t have time to put it away now, what on earth makes you think you’ll have time to do it later. Put it away now.
Telling Yourself, “I’ll Remember That”
If you’re unencumbered by a hectic schedule, a job, looking after a family, and a long To Do list, you will remember whatever that thing is you just thought of. More than likely, if you have a normal busy life, you won’t remember. Or you’ll remember when it’s too late or in the middle of the night. So not fun. Start capturing those things you need to do right away in a notebook or electronic system.
Doing Just One More Thing
Telling yourself you’ll do one more thing before you leave the house to go to work, drop off the kids, attend a meeting or go to the gym is rarely a good idea. It almost always makes you late. Trust me, I know this one well. If you’re a person who thrives on checking one more thing off your list, you’re familiar with this bad habit. I battle it daily. I am rarely late, but it’s sometimes cut too close for comfort. Practice a technique know as back casting where you calculate how long it will take you to get ready to leave to be somewhere on time. Include a minute or two for things like putting on your shoes and locking the door in addition to travel time and then stop what you are doing at the calculated time.
I hope that once you have worked on changing some of the things that don’t work now, and never will, you will be so proud that you eliminated your junk drawer or started keeping track of things you need to do in a reliable system that you will feel the need to brag to someone. By all means, go for it, as long as they will provide the positive reinforcement that you need to keep going.
If you want to brag to me, I would love to hear from you in the comments below. If you need help tackling your bad habits and getting organized, contact me today.