Have you ever tried to organize just one part of a closet?
- Step 1: Remove everything from a single shelf
- Step 2: Pile it all together onto the bed
- Step 3: Organize the stuff into logical piles all over the bedroom, putting like with like: scarves with scarves, purses with purses, etc.
- Step 4: Go through each pile. Try on clothes to make sure they still fit, look good, are in style, etc. Make liberal use of trash cans.
- Step 5: Create another pile for things to give away (or several piles, if you have different people or organizations who should get the stuff.)
- Step 6: Put it all away, neatly and fully organized.
Sounds so logical, so linear. Simply go from Step 1 to Step 6, and achieve your goal for the day. But it doesn’t quite work out that way.
First, you have to make the bed, and clear other spaces in the room to hold the piles. That means going through all those papers on the bureau that you really need to file, though some are letters. In particular one letter should have been responded to last week. It won’t take that long, why was I putting it off? So, you head downstairs to your office to organize the papers in your hands, and write one or two letters or emails. Of course, some emails have come in that you really should answer. (And Facebook beckons.)
A couple of hours later, Read More