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3 Fundamental Productivity Rules for Getting Rid of Junk

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 15, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Productivity, Organization, Self-ImprovementDisorganization in your personal life, can often carry over into your professional life. If you feel like your productivity at home has been lackluster, it might be time to declutter the house. But as everyone knows who has ever tried to tidy up and clear out the junk in their homes, it's easy to drag the decluttering process along, making little gains.

Here are 3 expert productivity rules for getting rid of junk without spending years doing it.

  1. Start with a plan and set a goal. Unless you have a small room or apartment, clearing out your personal items will take time. To make it more manageable, create a schedule, and start small. You can start with small areas first (like under your bed), which shouldn't take very long in comparison to an entire room (or rooms). As you accomplish sections little by little, decluttering will feel and get a lot easier. When you try to do more than possible, it's easy to feel overwhelmed with all the work, which could lead to more delays or an end to the project altogether. 

    In addition, you'll want to set a goal. For example, it could be a date you want to have everything done by (for example, that summer visit from the in-laws that would be staying in the guest room/cluttered storage unit). Or if you're ambitious and have a lot of big items to get rid of (furniture, appliances, books, artwork, etc.), setting a garage sale goal with your items could be a motivator. Whatever it is, set a realistic goal that you can meet, but will still challenge you to get the work done.

  2. Identify the big culprits. If you want to see big results quickly, start with the stuff that's causing the most clutter. It could be the pile of books you've been holding on to since college, or the small knickknacks you've collected and slowly piled around the house. Or maybe its the unsorted mail and files that need to be shredded, but haven't been touched since 2002. Whatever it is, identify those problem areas, and start slowly weeding them out of your home. Paper is one of the best places to start, since you can easily put them in a recycling bin and see them gone by collection day.

  3. Be firm --"no maybes". If you really want to declutter, you'll have to get rid of the time-consuming "maybe" pile. Having to think about how much you want or need an item wastes time, and causes you to lose momentum in the long run. By saying only yes or no, you'll have a more effective and productive cleaning session.

Overall, decluttering your home can give you the peace of mind you need to streamline your home and workplace and improve your efficiency. And if you sell your things, you'll also get a little money at the end of it. Either way, you'll greatly benefit from taking the time to clear up your space.

For more on this and related topics, visit the Productivity or Self-Improvement section of the Staffing Plus blog.


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