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Get Rid Of Clutter And Save An Hour A Day With These Simple Tips

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According to Newsweek (June 7, 2004), the average American loses 55 minutes EVERY day searching for things they can’t find. We thought that particularly appropriate as we prepare to “spring forward” this weekend, here in the U.S. We’ll “lose” an hour this weekend, but you can get it back every day!

Clutter can cost you more than time. You may have to pay late fees if your bills don’t get paid on time. If you miss appointments, relationships can be damaged. In some places, clutter is so pervasive that people have been injured when they tripped over it!

4 clutter-busters to save you time and money!

#1 – Use it or lose it.
If in doubt, throw it out! Many people do the opposite – they keep it unless they know they won’t use it. Apply the six-month rule. Have you used it in the last six months? Do you KNOW that you’ll use it in the next six months? If the answer is “no” to both of those questions, then lose it!

If it’s a document that you need to maintain, consider scanning it. Electronic storage takes up a lot less space!

#2 – Make a place for everything and keep everything in its place.
After the first tip, you should have a lot less to put away now. Find a place for everything you keep. Once you’ve put it there, keep it there. When you use something, put it back immediately after you’re done with it. Make it a habit.

#3 – Call on a pro.
You may not be the “do-it-yourself” type. Or maybe you just don’t have a knack for organization. Check out the National Association of Professional Organizers. You can search for organizers in your area and find some great tips on hiring a specialist.

#4 – Once you get uncluttered, make sure you don’t re-clutter.
Daily maintenance is the key. Create a system for handling incoming items like your mail, newspapers, and periodicals. For example, you may open your mail over your shredder. Sort any mail you save by action date and file it appropriately. When today’s newspaper is here, yesterday’s is gone. Same with magazines.

Clutter may be a symptom of a bigger problem.
There’s one final note we wanted to make about clutter – clutter may not be the problem. It may be a symptom of this bigger problem …

… You’re TOO busy!

If you find yourself diving right into your next project immediately after finishing your last project because you’re up against yet another tight deadline, you’re too busy!

Start living on human time. Stop expecting too much from yourself.

Slow down so you can catch up!

Being clutter-free is good for your well-being. It helps you think more clearly. It can save you an hour a day! So schedule some time to attack the clutter and prevent it from coming back!

Do you have some de-cluttering tips to share?

Leave us a Comment. We’ll gladly accept your help!

Our bigg quote today comes from educator and author, Dr. Laurence J. Peter:

“If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind,
what is the significance of a clean desk?”

We’d like to come up with a witty comment about our bigg quote, but our mind’s blank!

Next time, we’ll interview a business networking expert who will share his 3 keys to effective networking. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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Would You Like An Extra Hour Every Day?

By Bigg Success Staff
01-24-08

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The average American loses 55 minutes every day searching for things they can’t find. This stunning statistic was printed in the June 7, 2004 edition of Newsweek.

So if you’d like to add an hour to every day of your life – get organized!

Clutter can be costly in other ways as well. If bills don’t get paid on time, there may be additional late fees. If appointments are missed, relationships can be damaged. In some places, clutter is so pervasive that people have been injured when they tripped over it!

There is hope. Here are some tips to get rid of clutter:

  • Use it or lose it
  • If in doubt, throw it out! Many people approach their de-cluttering project from the opposite mindset. They keep it unless they know they won’t use it. You’ll never eliminate clutter until you get past that thought process.

    Apply the six-month rule. Have you used it in the last six months? Do you KNOW that you’ll use it in the next six months? If the answer is “no”, then lose it!

  • A place for everything, everything in its place
  • You should have a lot less to put away now. But that’s the thing – you have to put it away. Find a place for everything you keep.

    Then keep it there. It’s the old “put it back” rule. When you use something, put it back immediately after you’re done with it. Make it a habit.

  • Call on a pro
  • You may not be the “do-it-yourself” type. Or maybe you just want some professional help. Check out the National Association of Professional Organizers

    At their site, you can search for organizers in your area. You’ll also find some great tips on hiring a specialist.

  • Daily delights
  • You’ve de-cluttered. The key now is to make sure you don’t re-clutter. Daily maintenance is the best way to insure against that.

    Create a system for handling incoming items like your mail, newspapers, and periodicals. For example, you may open your mail over your shredder. Sort any mail you save by action date and file it appropriately. When today’s newspaper is here, yesterday’s is gone. Same with magazines.

We wrote about Ben Franklin’s thirteen virtues not long ago. He confessed that he found order to be his biggest struggle. Isn’t it nice to know that even Ben had trouble staying organized?

Help us all out – leave your tips for getting organized.

Oh … and what will you do with that extra hour a day?

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