Is clutter getting in your way of getting things done?!?
Do you have BOTH paper AND digital clutter in your space?!?
I know I do!
While I’ve been organizing different areas of my house during quarantine time (see my Instagram and Facebook stories for what I’ve been up to), I haven’t given too much thought to my paper and digital clutter.
On Coaches Go Social this week, I was SO excited to talk to JoAnn Krall (aka The Sensible Organizer). With 14 years of being a professional organizer, JoAnn shared her sure proof process that has worked for her clients, and has helped them be more efficient and productive!
JoAnn typically serves Work From Home (WFH) moms, executives, and entrepreneurs. She meets her clients on their terms and ultimately guides them in creating systems (always the LAST step in the process) that are specific to them.
JoAnn uses the same method for both paper and digital clutter. It’s a handy acronym: CHANGES.
Collect – Where is everything being kept? Take inventory.
Harmonize – Reduce what’s coming in. Get rid of: Paper = junk mail, printing PDFs. Digital = unsubscribe to emails you don’t read, deleting digital assets you will never use again.
Assigning – New stuff must have a home. It can be a temporary home. JoAnn recommends files: to-read, to-pay, to-do and to-file. She files in batches. But as she emphasized throughout the interview, you have to do what works for you!
Narrow – This is when you purge! The trick here is being mindful of what you really need. Get rid of as much as you can!
Grouping – Put everything that’s left into the appropriate place.
Evaluating – Asking questions: How did it get to this point? (so it doesn’t happen again) What worked for you and what didn’t and how to move forward.
Systems – The structure that is going to help things STAY organized. It must work for you!
And as our sponsor for this week’s show, Yvonne Heimann says, “The best tool or system is the one you use.”
What I think it boils down to is being mindful of what comes and goes and everything must have a place!
Or if you want to talk to me about your clutter during these times or you just want some positivity, let’s set up a time to chat!