Over the past few days I have cleaned up a bunch of little messes. A couple of junk drawers that were overflowing, a closet that was impossible, a kitchen gadget drawer that was crammed full, a box of files that needed sorting, a summer garden that was unsightly and I feel fabulous! What a cleansing experience to get all those little irritating things tidied up.
Sometimes we don't realize that such messes are a real energy drain. The daily irritation of dealing with trying to find that specific piece of clothing or that lemon reamer or that important receipt - what a huge time waster as well as an energy zapper!
If you have a feeling it is time to get into action, here are a couple of strategies to consider:
First approach which works well for the "planner/organizer" amongst us.
Decide on a plan before starting. This plan will include a schedule for completion of each mess, an accumulation of appropriate storage containers, research and a decision on how to recycle, dispose of or store things and a reward at each milestone (hmmm that latte will keep you inspired!) Stick to the plan so you can enjoy a big celebration on final completion!
Second approach which works well for the "quick start/doer" amongst us.
Tackle the first mess. Dump it on the floor, bed or table as appropriate. Identify the keepers, then the recyclables, and then the garbage is left to dispose of. With the keepers decide on the logical place to store. Take the recyclables to the appropriate depot and fill the garbage bag. Then enjoy your reward!
When inspired - tackle the next! Sometimes this approach without the big picture plan can fizzle out so establish a celebration on full completion to be sure you follow it through.
Sometimes we think of doing this type of clean up along with our Spring cleaning but what better time to do it than when the Autumn season is upon us? Now we can enjoy feeling completely organized for the holiday season and there is still time to curl up in front of the fire with a good book!