If you are on the path to getting organized you have probably heard about the one in, one out rule, otherwise known as equalizing. It's about letting one thing go for every item that comes in. Super straightforward, right? Follow this rule and your space will maintain its balance.
But it's lesser known cousin, evaluating, is just as important. Organizing is a fluid process, not a static event. Your overall goal is not so much to Ďget organizedí but to Ďbe organizedí. Life changes. Thatís pretty much a given. As time moves on itís inevitable that your situation will change. We grow older, we grow wiser, we switch careers, our family lives evolve, our interests change, and so on. So that means organizing systems will need to be revisited. Itís only natural, and necessary.
So, just what does evaluating entail? It just means taking time to assess things to see if they are working as well as they could be. If something in your life changes, itís more than likely it will impact one of your systems or processes. If you keep doing what you have always done and donít take the change into account, itís highly likely that you will run into a certain level of frustration.
For example, if you change jobs, look to see if that impacts your routines. If you fall in love with a new hobby, itís very likely youíll have to reconfigure your space and/ or schedule to accommodate the trappings and time commitment. Get in the habit of evaluating every life change to see if it impacts your organizational processes and systems.
Very often people with new babies call me to say they are baffled. The tell me that they canít understand why they arenít organized anymore. They go on about how they used to handle everything so well and now itís all chaos. Nine times out ten, when I ask how they have adapted their space, routines and so on, to accommodate the new addition I get a Ďwell, I just figured it would all work outí type of answer. Thatís an extreme example, adding a baby, but I bet you get the idea. You have to account for each change. Usually things require just little tweaks. An effort that is absolutely worth it.
To illustrate the above point, letís use the oil change analogy. If you never take the time to do the micro maintenance, you will wind up with a major issue, right? I know I would much prefer to do something that took just a little time and energy, than wind up having to deal with the stress of shot motor and all that goes with it. Organizing and decluttering are the same. Little bits of effort pay off in huge ways. Where do you need to make a little adjustment?
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