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Don't Get Bit by the Clutterbug!
by Maria Gracia
It starts off as small as a sticky note. Soon, it's
a pile of stuff. Then, just when you least expect
it, you discover that the clutterbug is running
amuck, all over your home and office.
If you don't watch out, you'll get bit. The consequences are stress,
lost time, lost productivity, embarrassment, arguments, depression
and environmental chaos--just to name a few.
Swat that clutterbug now, and take back control!
What damage has the clutterbug already caused? Do you see
piles of paper? Are there magazines all over the place? Is your
laundry out of control? Do you have 10 times more stuff than what
you really need? Consider yourself bitten!
Assess your situation. Make a written list of the specific problem
areas. Don't just say, 'everything is disorganized.' That's too
difficult a problem to solve. Instead, list things like, 'coffee table
has 3 piles of paper on it' or '2 hamper's full of laundry to be
The clutterbug is strong, and needs to be attacked with very
focused efforts. Choose the problem area that bothers you the
most, and then focus your time and efforts on that one area. Once
that area is taken care of, you can then move on to your next
Zapp! Clutterbugs are too weak to withstand this focused
Want to get organized and eliminate clutter? Focus is the key.
CHECK YOUR FRAME OF MIND
The clutterbug knows when you're not up to the challenge. If
you're thinking about something else, like what your weekend
plans are, the clutterbug will gain even more strength. The only
words that should be going through your mind are, 'I'm going to
get that clutterbug, no matter what it takes!'
By the way, a little bit of bribery helps. Bribe yourself. Promise
yourself a nice lunch out, or a visit to a movie you've been
meaning to see--WHEN you're done attacking the clutter bug.
PLAN OF ATTACK
Be sure you know how to attack the clutterbug. Read organizing
books from the experts. Visit organizing forums. Hire someone to
help, or ask a family member, friend or associate to assist you.
The clutterbug has a trick he plays on us. He makes our clutter
seem insurmountable--too much to tackle at once.
It's easy to outwit the clutterbug, if you simply break your
organizing project up into small pieces. For instance, if you want
to organize a table full of paper, mentally break that table up into 4
sections (upper right, upper left, lower right, lower left) and focus
on one section at a time.
DATE OF ATTACK
Don't think you're going to deal with the clutterbug, 'when you get
around to it.' That time rarely comes. Set a specific date, mark it
on your calendar, and wake up prepared and ready to fight. By the
way, if you attack the clutterbug first thing in the morning, before
anything else, he won't have a chance to multiply.
When the scheduled date arrives, play some motivational music,
grab all your weapons (trash bags, donation boxes, cleaning
sprays, etc.), eliminate distractions (ask someone to watch the
kids for you, switch your phone so calls go directly into your
answering machine, etc.) and charge right into attacking the
clutterbug with all your might.
With a little bit of effort and determination, you should be able to
overcome. The clutterbug will put up a good fight, but he's not
unbeatable. You can do it!
Every time you overcome the clutterbug in any area of your life,
it's time to celebrate! Reward yourself for all of your efforts. Tell
the world about your victories. Give yourself a 'chore free' day. Do
something nice for yourself. You deserve it!
And watch out . . . don't become complacent. Because the
clutterbug always wants to return for a rematch!
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