Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Eliminating Clutter

Eliminating Clutter 

When trying to decide whether or not to keep an item, use the following checklist to understand if you really need it.


Check all that apply:


I may need it later.

It holds sentimental value to me.

I do not want to waste it.

Someone gave it to me, and I don’t want to hurt their feelings.

It helps me remember something (trip, year, etc…).

I like it.

It is broken and needs to be fixed.

I’m going to write a book on this topic or experience someday.

The plant may come back.

To throw away a gift from a long lost friend ends the relationship for good.

It is my visual history and identity for my life.

It will solve another problem.

I over-bought, over-prepared, over-estimated and now have to live with it.

The activity is important but there is no room to make a zone.

I want to sort it but feel overwhelmed.

I want to sort it but need an entire weekend, maybe even a week.

I love it and it loves me.

If I love it, why not buy more?

I may need these notes for a future class.

In case of emergency, I may need this.



Think about the sorting process.  When keeping an item, do you want to have a range of reasons from positive (logical) reasons to keeping something to negative (illogical) reasons?


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Feminine Side of Organizing

The Feminine Side of Organizing

During the process of correcting my postural alignment, my ability to focus has been changing. I have had days of dizziness, forgetfulness and plain old lack of drive to pick up my stuff. On these days, I have observed that I am more relaxed on the left side of my body. During one session, I could literally feel my left cheek and neck melting. As they melt, I am realizing how tight they were to begin with. What does all this have to do with organizing?

Organizing requires the ability to think in a linear progressive fashion. If I complete this task first, it will produce this result. Then I will be able to do the next task. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) this could be characterized as Yang or male energy.

Naturally women are more yin. They think circularly which makes them great multi-taskers. They can hold one baby one lap and have another one in tow and cook dinner all at the same time. This different way of thinking is good in some environments more than others. In the linear/business world, it has struggled to find a place. The women who naturally have more yang energy have been the ones to survive the business world.

I have been one of those women but it came at a cost. It has stagnated by yin or female energy. Now that the frozen in energy is coming alive, it does not know how to act in the business world. I have been finding it more difficult to switch from the soft energy of yin to the hard energy of yang. In the past, I did not give too much thought, I just suppressed the softness and plugged along.

As I think upon some of the women I have encountered in the business world and meditate on their struggle, I realize that what make them who they are as women is what their bosses may call “inefficient” or “unorganized”.

How can organizers set up systems that allow women to remain soft, nurturing and empathetic and all the other qualities that make them women?


The true answer is to only have them be responsible for the volume of work they can handle. We need to re-think the role of women in the workplace to allow them to do what they do best and bring the soft feminine energy to others.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Seedless Watermelon

Seedless Watermelon

Seedless watermelon represents the state of the world today. Watermelon engineered to make it easier for people so they do not need to remove the black seeds (because it is just so much extra work).
There is a cost. Taste. If anyone remembers seeded watermelon then they also remember the sweet taste. Seedless watermelon, like other genetically modified foods, loses something in nutrition too. 

Maybe it is proven (I have not really looked it up) but I believe that this unnatural sate of watermelon could not be as good for our body as the one that has grown to full maturity.

How does this relate to organizing?

Don’t try to change something that is already good.


If you have a process that works, leave it alone. If the flow of the house works, leave it be. Spend your time on fixing the things that are not working.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Get Un-Tired

Get Un-Tired

As people get older they claim that they are out of energy to accomplish the things they set out to do when they were younger. They got side-tracked by life. So I suggest, instead of giving up on those things, get un-tired.

This is a symptom of being in “the matrix” or technocratic drudgery that people get sucked into. They go to work by driving or taking the train. They use computers in their day-to-day life. They get home and use electronic devices to get food on the table just so they have time to “relax” in front of a computer screen or television screen. It is the same thing day after day.

If a person unplugs from the matrix, they get a glimpse of what life can be like. If you have not had the opportunity, let me help you imagine it.

You wake up naturally when the sun rises because you went to sleep when the sun set. You did not stay up late the previous night. When you wake up, you are greeted by your loving family. No one is grumpy because they did not have their morning coffee. You all go about the next few hours at a leisurely pace preparing for the day. Then you go about your daily tasks. Eat when you are hungry. Rest when you begin to feel fatigued. You greet each living creature with gratitude for being in your path that day and for the lesson they provided.

You get the picture.

How do you get there? Make conscious choices about your actions. If you think you have a lot to do, use a task list and prioritize. Pretty soon you will notice the list growing because you have not accomplished everything on the list. You have chosen the slower pace.  However, you will be able drop items off the list that are no longer important.

The decisions that you make on what to accomplish in a day will begin to be about food choices or loving acts to your family.

This process could be an ongoing battle for some people because this tired/busy lifestyle started at such a young age.


We need to teach our children how to live this way from conceptions so they truly know what “un-tired” feels like.