Friday, April 9, 2010
Messy house, messy mind
Chaos=not great. I am not nasty-neat, but I do try to keep clutter down to a dull roar. Except the garage…
Everyone seems to have a junk room, a junk drawer, a solidly packed closet, someplace that could use some weeding.
Some? How about a flamethrower?
The feng shui-ers say clutter may even be impeding your clear thinking and job prospects.
Andrea Petersen and Jennifer Merritt wrote about this in the WSJ, Apr 8, 2010.
Well, not this—but clutter. (See? Bad mind.)
They said the first thing people do it run to the store for nice containers. Nice containers just make more clutter—container piles.
Laura Leist, president of the National Assn of Professional Organizers, says this is a mistake.
Purging—throwing away—is the answer.
Having a coach can help you discard. You can’t stand there vaguely holding each item and then put it down (my specialty). These folks charge $100 an hour, so make it snappy!
Certified Professional Organizers undergo more than a thousand hours of training and hands-on work. They also pass a written test.
They come to your house to check it out—then come back to do it. No pressure.
Clutter is just “delayed decision-making,” one counselor said.
My rule is if you haven’t seen it or used it in years, you won’t even look for it, so heave it all out.
But don’t believe me—that garage is right there as testimony that I know nothing!