Distracted clutter; distracting clutter

by Debbie Bowden   Organize Now

One of the reasons clutter starts pulling up is because we are all so busy. Think about it – you walk in the door after a long day at work, flop your purse and keys and mail and tote on the nearest table, and put the milk and eggs in the fridge. You may be lucky to get your coat hung on the back of a chair, much less in the closet. Then while your better half and kids are all chatting with you, you try to make dinner.

In the middle of the melee, you do manage to get the mail in a basket on the kitchen counter, on top of a week’s worth of other mail and a note to sign for your kid’s school. Later, after dinner has been served, the dishes cleaned up, and the load of laundry in the washer, you sit down to answer all your emails. Suddenly, its time to put the kids to bed, and just as you lean in to give little Johnny a goodnight kiss, he asks about the school note.

Yikes! “Where is it?” you ask yourself. Panic ensues. Is it in the office? No. In your purse? No. How about on the stack of magazines near your chair in the living room? Nope. Now you’ve spent 20 minutes looking for a piece of paper. As you walk into the kitchen for a drink, your brain does that magical thing it does and you remember the note is under the pile of mail. Disaster averted!

It is so easy to misplace things when you are rushing around doing 15 million thing. You get distracted and just throw stuff out of your way until you have time to deal with it.

The key to preventing (or at least lessening) distracted clutter is to take time, once a day, once a week, or even once a month, to de-clutter your general living areas. This will help when you are in a rush to see things clearly.

When you have something important to take care of that isn’t part of your routine, put it in an obvious spot. Going back to the ancedote of the note, as soon as little Johnny gave you the note, it would have been a good idea to put it in the middle of the kitchen counter so you could not help but see it. Or even hang it on the oven door. Or stuff it into your underwear drawer, where surely it will be out of place and stick out as a reminder.

Life is full of distractions. Don’t let clutter add to it.

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