Posted on March 25, 2014 by Tiffany Lynn Lepp
Listening to my favourite tunes, I was happily trying on my clothes, seeing what still looked good and what would go to the thrift shop. I was on a roll organizing my bedroom closet when something broke my concentration.
There was a dirty glass on my nightstand.
It was glaring at me. I had to get it to the kitchen. I just need to get the dirty glass into the dishwasher and return to finish off my closet.
Turns out the dishwasher was full of CLEAN dishes and as I began to put the clean dishes away, I noticed a pile of mail on my kitchen table…several hours later I am on my way back to the closet when my husband walks through the door. Ready to take the dog for a walk?
Where did the day go?
- I had a half-organized closet and a half-full dishwasher
- I still had mail to open,
- I didn’t even think about dinner, and
- The dog was looking at me with puppy eyes…literally.
I had started multiple projects and didn’t FINISH a thing. I am annoyed and disappointed.
How did this happen?
I left the room. I abandoned my goal of cleaning my bedroom closet and wandered off into a number of other spaces, leaving half-finished jobs in my wake.
As a professional organizer and coach, my advice to you is: Don’t leave the room until it’s time to leave for good. Whatever area or project you are currently focused on organizing, and there is a good reason for locking yourself in.
When you are working in your home office and notice things that belong elsewhere, put those items next to the doorway. When you are DONE with work for the day, and ready to leave your office for good, pick up those things and put them away on your way out.
If you are cleaning your child’s bedroom and come across things that belong somewhere else, just put those things to the side. Once you FINISH cleaning the room, take them with you and put them away.
While organizing your kitchen, you find things that belong in multiple rooms of your home. Create piles for each room. When you are DONE organizing your kitchen, take one pile at a time to its appropriate room and put away.
In each example, the goal is to finish what you started in whatever space you are working in BEFORE you go wandering off to another space.
Tackle one room at a time
If you leave the space you are working on, chances are good you will get distracted. Distraction hurts your chances of finishing what you started, which leads to multiple unfinished projects looming.
Had I put the glass to the side and kept working I’d have an organized closet.
Give it a shot and let me know how it works out for you.
I finally did get through my closet… a week later though.