If you watch either HGTV or the Style Network, you’ll have noticed that there are a lot of shows lately on getting rid of clutter in one’s home. The truth of the matter is that if your living or workspace is free of clutter, it opens your mind to thinking more clearly and it really does make you feel better.
I’d like to introduce my friend Lisa Deveau of Completely Organized to you. She’s a certified organizational professional, and I’m someone who has availed himself of her services. Over the course of three weekends back in the winter of 2005 she came to my house for 3 hour sessions and helped me organize my office. What she doesn’t do is come in and just clean for you. What she does do it teach you a system for how to get out from underneath clutter.
I can be like a pack rat when I want to be. When you’re working in business, paper just seems to constantly come at you, and even working for oneself at home, the paper just keep coming, even though I try to get rid of it as soon as I can. However, I wasn’t always like that. I’d make piles that I’d never get back to and wait until things were ready to fall all over the floor, and then I’d start making piles on the floor. Getting around wasn’t all that pleasant, but I also knew I wasn’t the only one who was dealing with something like this. However, I was on the road a lot more, and coming home only on weekends wasn’t leaving me much motivated to do anything with my office.
Over the course of three weekends, Lisa gave me tips and rules to try to live by, and, oddly enough, they stuck. At least the working principles behind them; there was one of those anachronisms that she gave me that I don’t remember, that’s now on my wife’s wall somewhere, hidden underneath other things she keeps there. But the principles have helped me drastically. It doesn’t mean I never have clutter anymore; I’m not close to being that efficient. However, it does mean that when I get to a certain point, which is usually once a week, I have a process to follow that helps me get through it much quicker than in the past, and helps me know how to consider getting rid of old stuff that I probably will never, ever need.
She has a newsletter that I subscribe to, as well as gives seminars all over the Syracuse, NY area. Matter of fact, she’ll be giving two seminars in March, and if organizing is something you have a problem with, you should think about attending. She’s also doing a joint seminar at the end of March with Joanne Del Balso of No Fuss Accounting, combining the concept of organizing one’s life with the concept of organizing one’s finances; not a bad idea, if you ask me.
Anyway, check out Lisa’s site, as she also offers products along with her free newsletter. Who doesn’t need more organization, right?