Wednesday, July 7, 2010


My office looked like someone pointed one of those big wood-chippers into the window and started throwing book, CDs, bills, checks, files, pens, Sharpies, DVDs, cellphones and newspapers in the other end.

Embarrassing! I mean, I teach this organization stuff. And, I’d done my 30-Second Secret (Don’t walk away from your desk without taking 30 seconds to straighten a few things up).

But the last few weeks have been so overwhelmingly hectic that the avalanche had overtaken me.

Time to clear the decks.

So, I started with one piece of paper. The first one closest to my hand. And I threw it away. A good start. The next few bits went the way of the trash can, too.

Now, I’m on a roll.

Started separating bills and other mail into usable piles.

Now the desk is clean.

Time to start on the floor.


Try it. A bit at the time gets you there.

Here’s the thought of the day: Your desk and work area is probably not the only area of your life that is cluttered. You can use the same—bit by bit—strategy to straighten out almost any area of life.

PS. I’ll tell you about the opposite end of the “get it straightened out” continuum tomorrow.

1 comment:

  1. A carpeted floor is one of the hardest areas to clean. If you can take the carpet off the area where it's on, you still have to make sure that the color of the original flooring still matches with the floor area that the carpet covered. I've had a lot of trouble cleaning my home office here in Bellevue. I had the carpet cleaned by that "Call us for carpet cleaning" Bellevue, WA has hanging on the telephone poles. At least I'm sure that those carpet cleaners Bellevue, WA has will do a better job that I would've if I cleaned my carpet by myself. The office has to be clean, because it reflects my image and my business' image, too.