Tips on Dealing with Disorganized Clutter:

I get it. You’re busy, right? I know, I know.
But the deal is the more disorganization that you have around you the less settled you’re going to feel. It is actually a proven fact that lots of people especially those that have dealt with traumatic situations growing up often resort to feeling a loss of control if they do not have an organized area around them.
It’s pretty easy to figure out. Have you ever cleaned your house and then sat down on the couch and felt like there was a major burden lifted? Have you ever gotten all of your to do items at least on the piece of paper so you knew what you’re going to be doing for the next couple of days? If those events were followed by a significant feeling of ease, then Yep, that’s you.
Well you’re in good company because you know what? That’s me too. No sense in denying. LOL
I grew up in a household that was pretty chaotic. When I was a young boy, dad was dealing with PTSD and tons of issues. They tried to hide most of that stuff from me, but as a kid you know what’s going on.
I take that back. You don’t know what’s going on, but you know when things are kind of screwed up.
Back to the concept of cleaning up.
The only way to do this well is really to chunk it. What is chunking? Basically you have to create categories and then sift through everything based on those categories.
What I like to do is grab a pile of papers for example, and sort them based on advertising, bills, reference, and the all important someday maybe category.
This allows me to make sure that I pay my bills,  archive and keep the important information that I need, while getting rid of the junk that I don’t need.
What I found helpful when I do bigger projects that aren’t necessarily small pieces of paper or smaller items, is to lay out blankets.
Then, I designate each Blanket as a category.  For example if I’m doing a garage or something, I’d designate one blanket as donate, one blanket as keep, one blanket as sell, one blanket as throwaway.
Whatever you do just make it super easy to visualize. Even if you’re doing bills on your countertop. Set up areas, physical locations where you put certain items.
Remember to take the item into your hands only one time. This is crucial. So often as we are working through a stack of papers or even a stack of junk in our garage, we pick up an item and then end up putting it down because we don’t know what to do with it in that moment. Then we pick it up again and still don’t know what to do with it. After 10 minutes of dealing with this item all we have done is moving back-and-forth to different areas.
Make a decision then and there when the item is in your hands. Be bold and courageous. Shift your mindset from scarcity to abundance.  If you doubt you will need it, you probably won’t. If you haven’t needed it in the last 6 months, you probably will never need it.
I had a friend that I knew while I was in college. He was the opposite of a pack rat.
By the way that’s me. I keep everything. I came across a cast that I had when I was in high school. Seriously what was I doing with that 20 years later?
So my point is my friend told me he gets off on throwing things away. I remember thinking if I can just shift my mindset to the same thing and associate more pleasure and fun with having a decluttered, clean organized space, then I could probably shift my mindset to such that I would get off on getting rid of stuff too.
So I encourage you today go tackle that project that you’ve been putting off. Grab it by the horns. Change the way you think about it. Throw away a bunch of stuff and feel really good about it.  Oh and use storage boxes to keep things. If you haven’t ever been to a container store, go. It’s pretty cool.

Hi My name is Mark. You found my blog. Thanks for dropping in. I work from home.

If you want to work from home, there are a few things that are really help you out.

Just so you know I know little bit about what I’m talking about here because I work from home every single day. As a matter fact I’m sitting in my office right now. I can see out the front windows to the street and see if any cars drive by.
A lot of people ask me how I stay disciplined to actually work while I’m sitting at home. I figured I would share a couple of those tips with you here.
A friend of mine recently asked me if I got up showered and got ready for work out just as I did when I used to commute to an office.
I told him that I’d like to say yes and that I had in my life completely disciplined and organized. But, that wouldn’t be true.
The truth is is that I have realized that if you can get to your work very early in the morning before people can reach you by phone, you can get a whole lot done. So I don’t bother with the semantics of getting dressed in the morning.
My schedule is basically I wake up at five or 6 o’clock and head straight to my office.
I don’t open email or Facebook or any of those types of things. This allows me to spend my time being in creative mode.
It really doesn’t matter what I work on as long as it is creative nature.
One of the things that really helps you out is if you can make sure that the area that you’re approaching or going into is completely organized.
My concept behind this is that you wouldn’t want to go to a hotel that is disorganized right?
If you walked into a hotel room and there is little paper confetti strips and whatnot on the floor, it would definitely detract from your stay.
So the image that I always use when making sure that the things around me are organized is the image of a hotel room.
I simply asked the question, with this pass for a hotel room if I didn’t own it. Think about a hotel room. Usually it’s inviting because of the following reasons. First most everything is up off the floor. The only things I found on the floor or maybe a refrigerator, bed, dresser and desk.
Everything else is up off the floor. There are no loose items laying on tables or chairs or the floor.
It’s clean and it smells nice. Yes, that’s right. You should make sure that your office smells good. You should want to walk into it.
Years ago one of my mentors taught me a very important lesson. He said that you should make sure that everything on your desk is cleared off when you walk into your office. Then, when you sit down take everything out that you need. Use it for a designated amount of time.
I like to set my timer for 50 minutes. That way, I can work for 50 minutes and then take  a 10 minute break.
My mentor taught me to close everything down after 50 minutes and clear everything off the desk. Then when I sit down for my next task for 50 minutes I open the necessary things for that.
Leaving unnecessary things open and scattered reduces your effectivity and creativity.
Stay tune for my next post to find out more information about how you can maximize your efforts from working at home.