Organization

Fall Organizing

It’s fall.  When it cools off, it’s time to refresh.  The summer heat is gone.  The cool, crisp air of Autumn gives you a chance to think clearer.  The colorful nature of the leaves reminds you of change.  Plus you don’t have that freezing  cold feeling of winter or feel closed in.  Instead you have that open feeling  and might even notice that you move quicker than you did in the summer.  That’s why I recommend this time of year to get organized.

 

This is a time to consider organizing:

  • organizing your office,
  • organizing your home,
  • organizing your time.

I don’t recommend tackling all 3 of these at once.  Choose one at a time.

Which one is more important for you to organize?

Office Organizing

Organizing your office may be more important than organizing your home so you can leave your work at the office, and go home and relax.  You’ll be more pleasant to your family if you’re less stressed from a day at work when you arrive home. And you’ll be more refreshed to return to work the next day if you have taken time to relax at home and enjoy your family.

 

Home Organizing

Or you may be someone to whom organizing your home is more important so you can go to work without being stressed out first thing in the morning.  You can get dressed faster by organizing your closet, and feel better walking through your home if it’s not cluttered.  You will arrive happier at work rather than starting the day with stress due to your home clutter.   Plus when you arrive home after work, the state of a messy home may strain family relationships, which in turn might affect a good night’s sleep and snowball into a stressed work day.

 

Time Organizing

Or you might be someone whose stress level rises as more and more items pile on your plate and you need to organize your time.  Planning a better schedule for what you need to do both at work and at home may be more important than physical organization for you.  Learning to set priorities and focus on the important items can relieve your mental stress and make you happier.

 

Which of these areas is the most important for you to work on now?

Are you Prepared?

Sorry for your losses and speedy recovery physically and emotionally to all the people who have gone through the hurricanes recently.

Think about it.  You might not have been a hurricane victim, but are you prepared if you are ever in an emergency?

Whether it would be due an earthquake, tornado, hurricane, forest fire or flood and you were going to have to evacuate your residence that might not be there when you returned, what would you take?  Seriously think about it.

 

In an emergency, what items would you take?

If you were in an emergency situation, what would you take?

What are the 5 most important items you would grab if you were in an immediate hurry?

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What are the most important items that would fit in your car trunk if you had more time?

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Are you prepared to sit out anything for any length of time?

Do you have extra canned food?

Do you have a non-electric can opener?

Do you have food that doesn’t need refrigeration or electric or gas cooking?

 

I know I’d grab my purse with IDs and credit cards and if time permitted more important documents from a safe.

I’d also want key electronics:   cell phone, laptop, hard drive and USB sticks that have some data not on the laptop and cords for all of those.

And I’d certainly grab some clothes and jackets as well as water bottles.

Our cars always have flashlights, but that’s as prepared as we are if we weren’t home.

It’s one reason my father taught me from the day I was 16 and drove a car:

  • Never go below ¼ tank of gas
  • Always keep a spare $20 in my wallet in a separate section for emergencies.

You may think it will never happen to you, but you just don’t know.

The Girl Scout and Boy Scout mottos are:     Be Prepared. 

Are you?

 

 

 

What STUFF are you Keeping on your Desk or in your House?

Yes, some “thing” may make you smile.

You bring the item into your office or your house, and it gives you that smile maybe one or two more times.

 

Sometimes, though, it doesn’t even do that much–

  • Like that funny T-shirt you bought that sits in your closet because you wouldn’t be seen in public with it on.
  • Or some advertising gimmick with the vendor’s info printed all over it– but it does nothing at all.

    Advertising Gimmick

    Advertising Gimmick

 

Think about it –

How many “things” are wasting precious desktop space

or drawer space that aren’t useful?

How many “things” are causing clutter in your house?

 

You have all these “things” that no longer give you the same reaction you had when you first saw it.  Instead you have a bunch of “things”,  often called “stuff”, that just take up space and often end up in piles.

 

And if you collect too much “stuff”,

you have overload,

which causes overwhelm.

 

  • It’s one more thing in a pile.
  • It’s one more thing to waste space.
  • It’s one more thing in your way.
  • It’s one more thing to take care of.

 

 

Instead, collect moments in your life:

The moment your child took his/her first step.Max lost tooth

The moment your child built his or her first Lego creation.

The moment your child lost his first tooth.    (My grandson swallowed his with popcorn Friday night.)

The moment your child went to kindergarten, high school, or her first dorm room.

The moment your child graduated from middle school, high school, or college.

 

I look back at the scrapbooks I made of my children growing up, and I remember those times – the birthday parties, the Lego builds, the bicycle training, the dances, and the graduations.  And now I take pictures of my grandchildren’s moments.

 

graduating dental school

Graduating Dental School

Those are the things that really are worth saving.

And if you are lucky, you were able to capture those precious moments in a picture.  Digital storage is so much easier than paper storage, and you will always be able to re-live that moment in your life.

 

It’s the moments that make life worth living,

not the things you have.

Too many things can make you feel frustrated.

They can end up in piles never to be looked at again.

They take up valuable space that you could use for other items.

They create clutter.

 

Stop collecting things and take pictures that are precious moments–

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Skiers Take Picture With Cell Phone

not a zillion –

just enough to cherish the moment.

And don’t forget to take time to delete the bad or duplicate ones!  Otherwise your computer will be stuffed too!

A backup hard drive just for pictures is a great idea to keep the computer space free!

 

 

 

 

What things or stuff do you have that you can release?

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