When I recently reflected back on the 11+ years that I have been working full-time as a professional organizer and the two to three years that I have been writing regularly about my organizing experiences and lessons I’ve learned, I realized that there are two areas of the organizing process that I enjoy most: clutter clearing and helping people get things done. I am both very sensitive to energy and visually oriented, therefore I am very affected by the negative effects of clutter. And, I’m a task-oriented person. I like to get things done, finished, settled, decided. So, it makes sense that clutter clearing and getting things done would be my primary areas of interest.
After I pinpointed my primary organizing interests I began to think about the connection between clutter clearing and getting things done. Here are some of my thoughts:
- Clutter is a physical block to getting things done. The negative energy of clutter blocks both the thinking and the inclination to get things done.
- Clearing clutter makes it possible to see what needs to be done and frees energy to make taking action possible.
- When clutter has been cleared it is easier to plan what needs to be done and to problem-solve how to get things done.
- Some clutter is the physical evidence of tasks that have not been done. For example you might leave the paint can and brush out in a room to remind you to touch up a painted surface.
- Unfinished projects can have the same negative energy as clutter.
- Getting things done reduces clutter.
Clearly clearing clutter and getting things done are intertwined! Go clear some clutter today and make it easier to get things done!
- If people made a commitment to keeping their spaces clutter free, they would be more productive.
- If people were more productive, there would be less clutter.