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Sneakers in the Freezer

Many years ago, I developed my list of Top 10 Organizing Success Secrets as a way to help others think about the ingredients needed to successfully integrate organizing into their lives. Most lists are flexible in nature. In the spirit of flexibility, I’d like to add another item to the Success Secrets list.

This next secret was inspired by an email I recently received from someone I love dearly. Without naming names, she shared with me a very funny story. She had been extremely busy between family, work and preparing for several trips. She exclaimed that even her “lists have lists!” So many things were going on that she wasn’t feeling her normal, on-top-of-things self. Feeling frazzled, she accidentally packed her sneakers in the freezer. As the freezer door closed, she realized what she had just done and stopped to have a good laugh.

The 11th Organizing Success Secret is Slow Down. Pay attention to the indicators along the way. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in having to do everything now. We live in a fast food, fast paced world. But when the sneakers end up in the freezer, the car keys can’t be found anywhere and we don’t know if we’re coming or going, it’s time to take things down a notch. One of the best blog posts I’ve read in a while is “The Elegance of Slow.” DeeAnne White writes about how slowing down helps us appreciate what is around us and truly focus on the moment.

So if you discover your possessions in unlikely places or can’t find them at all, it might be time for you to slow down long enough to catch your breath, regroup, have a good laugh and move ahead at a more reasonable pace.

Have you experienced any indicators lately that you’d like to share?

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Reader Comments (7)

Great advice! I think I need to slow down a little bit. During my break today, I decided that I would walk to the grocery store to get some cash from the ATM. I ended up back a work with a sandwich... but no cash.

November 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJess

Actually, if you've been walking in the woods during warm weather, putting your clothes and shoes in the freezer for a few hours will kill any ticks or chiggers that have gotten on them. And if it's REALLY hot out, putting them back on is delicious!

March 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDen

You learn something new all the time. I never would have thought about putting clothes in the freezer from a practical standpoint for health or relaxation reasons. I love these ideas. Thanks for sharing them.

March 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Every once in a while, after spending time writing out a grocery list, I arrive at the store only to realize I left the list at home. Fortunately, the act of making the list helps me to remember what I need, so I rarely (if ever) forget to buy anything from the list or buy anything I don't actually need.

November 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Like you, Janet, I'm also a list maker. While writing the list does help to reinforce some of those "to dos" or needed items, it also allows me to release the ideas or things from my head, like a brain dump, so that I don't have to remember. So unlike you, if I forget my grocery list when I go to shop, there's a good chance I won't remember ALL the things I needed. The main thing is that you've figured out a system that works for you. Slowing down enough to write the list is your fail safe. Wonderful!

November 7, 2012 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I love when life catches up with us and we realize that slowing down is the only option! This is a great reminder to laugh at the craziness around us instead of get upset with ourselves.
We all have a reminder to slow down. What's your's?

November 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

Hey Ellen- It always surprises me how effective slowing down can be in the midst of crazy, especially when it seems like we should be speeding up. We get caught up in the frenzy of busy and often end up missing, forgetting, or doing odd things because of it. Finding the humor during the mishaps helps. You asked what my slowing down reminder is. There have an assortment of them including the day I wore my underwear inside out or the day I got dressed wearing a pair of earrings that weren't a pair, or the day I couldn't find my car keys which always get put in the same spot. Panic is usually my first reaction which quickly gets tempered when my laughter begins. The laughter is my ultimate cue that it's time to take a deep breath, slow down, and regroup.

November 14, 2012 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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