Why Multitasking won’t make you Productive

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  Are you checking your Facebook posts, whilst reading this post on your computer? Listening to music, whilst talking to someone? Helping your child with their homework whilst replying to a whatsapp message? Yes? Whilst some of you claim to be amazing at multitasking (I even used to claim it when I was a lawyer), but the truth is (and studies have shown) that multitasking won’t make you productive. When you are multitasking you are not devoting your attention to one task but splitting your attention quickly from one task to another. The overall effect will be that your brain Read More

Do I have to throw away everything?

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“Do I have to throw away everything”?

I get asked that everytime I speak to someone interested in using my services.

The simple answer is always “No”.

If we threw away everything there would be nothing left for me to organize; and as you may gather, I like organizing items and creating systems, and most importantly using my super duper label machine.

 

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The whole point of engaging a Professional Organizer, is to help you get rid of the things that are taking up space in your life – the clutter. You don’t need 200 pairs of jean shorts, 5 rolls of cellophane wrap,  300 pairs of shoes and definitely not 2 lawn mowers (especially if one is broken) (*all of these examples are true stories by the way).

No justification, argument, or crying can ever justify having that much stuff. Consider whether your will ever have time to wear all of the items of clothes in your wardrobe, unless you wore them every day for the rest of your life (and didn’t buy anything else).

What you need in your life are things that you love using, are used regularly and are not broken. So together I help clients to get rid of items they dislike, are broken, do not fit and have gone way past their use by date (2009 is too old). We work together so that you know what you are throwing away or donating and we can then organize what is left into proper systems so you can find everything easily.

I also like repurposing certain such as pretty jars and tins so they be used for a new purpose, rather than throwing them away. For example, I love using old jars to store flowers to make my home have a slight rustic feel.

 

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But of course you only need to keep a few jars – 5 is usually my limit, anything more starts becoming clutter.

If you have no use for the jars and tins in your life at that moment, recycle them. There will always be another jar that will come into your life in future.

The same logic can be applied for paper carrier bags from designer stores. Yes they are lovely but do you need to keep 50 bags in a cupboard. Do you say that you will use the bags to hold presents for friends and family, but always forget to use them? Did you say yes under your breath, then it is time to get rid of them. If you love the bags so much, frame them and hang them on your wall.

So in answer to the original questions, you don’t have to throw everything away when alone or working with a professional organizer like DeCluttr Me, but always use my mantra:

“If you don’t use it for 3 months (or 6 months if I am in a generous mood) then throw it away”.  (*There are exceptions to the rules like ballgowns which can only be worn once a year or so).

Hope you found this blog helpful! If yes, leave a comment below.

Thanks

 

Shelina Jokhiya

 

 

 

 

 

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Find out Your Clutterer Type for the First Time

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12 Tips on How to Organize Your Life Now

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Maintenance Organizing and How to Change your Habits

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Decluttering Your Life and Your Mind

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Why Hiring a Professional Organizer Will Pay for Itself

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12 Secrets to Becoming Organized

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Get rid of the funk and get your organize groove back

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The new year has arrived and there seems to be a huge amount of lethargy going around. Although we are all back at work, school or day to day life, there doesn’t seem to be that spark in our actions. Friends seem to be demotivated and even I have found it hard to get out of bed some days (yep even professional organizers have their moments). Something needs to be done to remove the lethargy, so here are my suggestions to get rid of the funk and get your groove back: Create a new routine – It doesn’t have to be Read More