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« Are You Open to Possibilities? | Possibility Thinking »
Wednesday
Oct082014

Organizing Possibilities

With fall in full swing, inspiration abounds with shifting colors and temperatures. Change is all around us, which sets the mood for possibilities. Have you been struggling with getting organized and thinking about possibilities?

In a recent interview I had with my friend, John Hunt for Smead's Season 2 “Keeping You Organized” series, we talked about the three essentials for staying organized: thoughts, time and space. If one or more of these challenges you, keep reading. You might find just what you need to move forward. You can watch the full interview at the bottom of this post.

 

Thoughts

“Clutter is anything we don’t need, want or use that takes our time, energy, or space and destroys our serenity.”

- Clutterers Anonymous

When our mind is cluttered, it’s hard to feel organized. Doing brain downloads, inviting distractions, or changing scenery, are a few strategies for uncluttering and organizing the mind.

 

Time

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”

- Michael Altshuler

Time keeps ticking. We keep living. It’s how we manage the time we have that makes us feel organized or not. Be aware of overscheduling, ambitious list making, and not focusing.

 

Space

“It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.”

- Bruce Lee

When our spaces are filled with things that don’t support who we are or what we’re doing, we feel disorganized. Reclaiming control, reducing physical clutter, and creating homes for the things that are “home worthy” all contribute to feeling organized in our environments.

 

For more details, please watch the video.

 

 

What possibilities do you see? What organizing areas are challenging for you? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Come join the conversation.

 

 

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Reader Comments (8)

Linda - Loved this post - especially the Bruce Lee quote! Of course the shout out for the podcast is good too :)
Can't wait to "Hang Out" with you Leslie, and Geralin on the 28th.

October 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

John- So glad you enjoyed the post, including the quote about life's essentials. It's one of my favorites too. Love the "Keeping You Organized" series that you've orchestrated over at Smead. You're such a fabulous interviewer and make it so much fun to talk about all things organized. I'm also looking forward to the live "Hang Out" with you and my good friends and colleagues Leslie Josel and Geralin Thomas on October 28th. Woohoo!!! It's going to be great!

October 8, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

thanks linda for pointing this in my direction. I was just using the visual of a "time bank" with my client today but this post captures it so perfectly. Can't wait to pod cast with you!!

October 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie Josel

Hi Leslie- What a great concept… a "time bank!" I haven't heard that one before and really like that idea. Does a time bank get interest? Just curious. Looking forward to podcasting with you and Geralin too. Oh, So Fun!!!

October 8, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Thanks for introducing me to this quote from Bruce Lee. It's true that we have to work daily toward eliminating and focusing on the essential. Clutter can take over otherwise!

October 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

Ellen- Glad you like the Bruce Lee quote. It's a favorite of mine too. Even if we can't do this daily, building in certain stopgaps during our week or month can also help to keep our spaces less cluttered and more focused on supporting our needs.

October 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

I've never read that Bruce Lee quote either. I really like it - and I think it reflects the way I live now. Whenever I come across something that's not getting used, I pass it on to someone who can use it. It keeps my home clutter-free, benefits the recipients, and keeps me in that frame of mind so I rarely have to do a full-on purging session.

November 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Janet- Love your proactive approach for keeping your home the way you want it, "clutter-free." Not only have you discovered one of the keys for maintenance (of those organizing systems,) but you're passing unused things along to those that can appreciate and benefit from them. A win/win all around. Nice.

November 6, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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