One of the things I miss most being on the down side of "the hill" is my perfect vision. It's been a good 10 years since it started to go, but I'm still fighting the whole glasses thing. For some things, like reading, I don't have a choice. For other activities I don't need them yet. But, there are a few things, like house-keeping, in which my imperfect vision is distorting reality. What appears to be a clean counter-top (to the un-spectacled eye), is really dotted with yesterday's crumbs!
Wearing my glasses enables me to identify problem areas that I couldn't see before. Similarly, we might overlook problem areas in our homes and offices because we're not looking at them through the proper lenses. Take a look through the lenses in today's Timely Tips and see what you perhaps haven't seen.TIMELY TIPS - Organizing Lenses
- Accessibility - Is the cereal within reach of the kids so they can get their own breakfast when needed? Are you digging through summer clothes to find something to wear in January? Do you have a waffle iron, blender, or rice cooker that's never used because it's still in the box? Check your home through the lens of accessibility and take the steps needed to make things more accessible.
- Zoning - When it's time to pay a bill, does it require searching four different places for a pen, the bill, a stamp, and an envelope? Is it hard to determine if you have what you need for a painting project because your paint supplies are stored at random places throughout the garage? The zoning lens helps you see things in groups, keeping like things together so that you can find what you need, when you need it.
- Let Go - Is your gift wrap container full of wrapping you never choose to use when wrapping a gift? Is your closet jammed with three sizes of clothes, some from a decade ago? Are your drawers full of single socks or plastic lids with no containers? The let go lens helps you see what is inhibiting your current lifestyle and gives you permission to release that which is not enhancing it.
- Boundaries - Are there untouched books jammed into andspilling off the bookshelf, and even more stashed in boxes that are keeping the car out of the garage? Are there shoes covering the "walk in" part of your closet making it difficult to reach your clothes? The boundaries lens enables you to control your stuff so it doesn't control you. Decide how much space you want to assign to certain items and then whittle down and maintain that amount.
Similar to a football coach (see Wise Words below) part of my job is getting people to do what they don't want to do in order to achieve their goal. For some the process can be painful. My standard is kindness and respect. Your results are a sense of relief and peace as living space and accessibility is achieved. Call today to secure your appointment and get on track to achieve your organizing goal.
The job of a football coach is to make men do what they don't want to do, in order to achieve what they've always wanted to be. --Tom Landry