David Allen has often said there is a “strategic value” to “clear space.” In a physical sense, this means ensuring that our work and home spaces are organized and clean. However, for those starting out with the intention to get organized there is a trap to avoid. It is very easy to see the whole process as one big heavy lift that needs to be accomplished in a short time. With this daunting view of the project it is likely they will give up on organizing right from the start.
Claire Tompkins, aka the Clutter Coach, shares in her book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, that organizing is a journey. It is not meant to be completed in one weekend, but instead is a transformative approach occurring over many weeks or months. On page 50 of her book, she shares a simple way to frame the task.
“Try on this thought: organizing is a journey, not a destination. The difference between people who are organized and those who aren’t is that they do a little every day to maintain order.”
She then suggests the following tip:
“Identify one small area that tends to get cluttered regularly and spend five minutes putting things away and throwing things out.”
Sounds like good advice. Now excuse me while I clean out this drawer …