How To Get Organized: 2 Solutions From Philosophy And Kindergarten
Eric Barker stashed this in Diabolical Plans For World Domination
Being disorganized causes huge problems.
• Americans waste nine million hours per day searching for misplaced items, according to the American Demographics Society.
• The Wall Street Journal reported that the average U.S. executive wastes six weeks per year searching for missing information in messy desks and files.
• Cleaning professionals say that getting rid of excess clutter would eliminate 40 percent of the housework in an average home (National Soap and Detergent Association).
• “ Crisis ” purchases related to disorganization could cost as much as 15 to 20 percent of your annual budget— buying duplicates of misplaced or broken items, last-minute shopping at premium prices, and unnecessary interest, rush, and finance charges on late payments.
When you look at most anything Marcus Aureliys suggested you ask a question.
Via Meditations:What is this, fundamentally? What is its nature and substance, its reason for being?
And expert organizer Julie Morgensternsays the answer for any room in your house is you need a “theme.”
By theme I don’t mean “country-western.” We’re talking about organizing, not decorating. (I am the last person you want as your interior decorator — unless you love Star Wars posters and sitting on the floor.)
By a theme she means asking, “What’s this room for?”
The reason you’re so disorganized is because most of us don’t answer this question specifically. And I mean specific to you.
Your living room theme could be “a place to entertain friends.” Or “the ultimate spot to watch movies.” Or “where you relax after a hard day.”
Why does this matter? Your theme becomes the filter by which you determine what belongs and what doesn’t. What takes priority. What should be placed next to what. Because now everything has to serve a purpose.
This is why most organization methods never stick: they’re arbitrary. And underneath it all, you know that. So you fall into the same old bad habits of throwing things here or there.
So before you start throwing things out or moving them around ask: what is this room for?
Here’s how to get organized:
- For rooms with a single purpose decide on a specific, personal theme. “What is this room for?”
- For rooms with multiple purposes, use the Kindergarten Method. Define your zones and their themes.
- Apply the SPACE acronym.
- Sort: Is this item aligned with my theme?
- Purge: The stuff that isn’t serving your theme gets tossed or moved to another room.
- Assign: Cluster by your theme and by how you use things, not where they “should” go.
- Containerize: Like goes with like.
- Equalize: Is it working? If not, tweak the system until it does.