Are you ready for a new cleaning habit? Before we implement a new habit, let’s recap the cleaning habits we’ve covered so far:
- Cleaning Habit #1: Tackle your problem area,
- Cleaning Habit #2: Clean your kitchen every night,
- Cleaning Habit #3: Let it go and streamline your life,
- Cleaning Habit #4: 5 minute pick up,
- Cleaning Habit #5: Put things back where they belong,
- Cleaning Habit #6: Wash one load of laundry each day,
- Cleaning Habit #7: Do one thing. Just start,
- Cleaning Habit #8: Conquer paper overload.
- Cleaning Habit #9: Use the best cleaning tools.
- Cleaning Habit #10: Create routines.
Cleaning Habit #11: Organize on the go
My husband is one of the most organized people I know. His closet is orderly. His computer is organized. His car is always clean. It seems like his whole online and offline world is always in order.
Organization comes naturally to him (unlike me who has to WORK at it).
I wanted to find out what made us so different, so I started quizzing him the other day about his thought process. I realized that the key to his success is that he organizes on the go.
After talking to him, I realized the following differences between unorganized and organized people:
- The unorganized person: kicks off her shoes by the door until she has time to take them them to the shoe closet later.
- The organized person: walks an additional five steps to kick off her shoes in the shoe closet.
- The unorganized person: saves the work document on her desktop until she has time to figure out which folder it belongs in on her computer.
- The organized person: takes 5 seconds to figure out which folder it belongs in…and then saves it there.
- The unorganized person: tells herself that she’ll find a permanent spot for that item soon.
- The organized person: already has a permanent spot for that item.
Do you see the pattern? The unorganized person is always waiting until LATER. Never has time to take care of it now. But spends hours over her lifetime looking for things that aren’t in the right spot.
The organized person just does it. Immediately. And can find what she’s looking for very quickly.
These are generalizations of course. But I find it fascinating that taking seconds (maybe minutes) now, can save minutes (maybe hours) in the long run.
My natural tendency is in line with the unorganized person…but I’m working purposefully to change that!! That’s part of the reason for the clear the clutter course! The other part is to help you of course 🙂
What about you? Are you naturally unorganized? Or do you organize on the go?