Clutter in either our personal or professional life creates problems for us, wastes time and minimizes our effectiveness, efficiency and creativity. Simply stated, dealing with the residue of our clutter is not the best and highest use of our time or talent. Furthermore, our inability to take control of the clutter we create in our lives leads to fiscal loss more often than not. How does clutter cause me to lose money you ask? In my experience, when I’m dealing with matters of an urgent nature and I can’t find the tools or resource I need, I must often go out and procure what I need to get the job done on time.
Have you ever been in either of these situations? You go into your workshop or sewing room to find the tool, screws, fabric or needles you need. However, because of the clutter you encounter you say, “The heck with it,” and instead go to the store to buy what you need. Somewhere in the jumble or hotchpotch of clutter, you already had what you what you needed. Or, over the past several weeks you have put together research documents to support a project at work. When you are preparing to present the research, you go to find the documents only to have lost them in the piles of papers or the mares nest of files that have been thrown in the file cabinet. You had the intent to organize the files later, except that later never came. Result, you scramble to gather the data once again, wasting time and money by repeating the process. Why? Because you aren’t dealing with the clutter in the office, home or garage.
The term clutter is defined in a number of ways. Some refer to it as a “confused multitude of things,” “a fuddle,” “a muddle,” “unwanted noise,” “untidiness,” “disorder,” “chaos,” “confusion” or, simply, a “mess.”
If this little rant causes you to twitch, sit up and say, “Oh, oh that’s me,” or reminds you that you need a map to find your desk amongst the stacks in your office, clutter is probably an issue for you to tackle.
In the next blog I will offer several tips to help you gain control of the chaos of clutter in your office or personal space. Until then I would love to hear any ideas or techniques you have found effective in reducing clutter in your life.