Last month we talked about ‘Staying the course’ and in June we realized ‘Happy Hands’ never let us down. I still say, it pays to be smart and being smarts says, 'Routine Matters'. I love it when my best offense proves to be my best defense. Whether this mindset started with George Washington or Jack Dempsey, the words ring true and I stand by, ‘a solid defense is a stellar offense’. Once you tuck routine under your belt, You are the Kahuna of your ‘Organized Space’.
What will our memory rhyme be this month? Come on, say it with me…
- 1-2-3, smart as can be. 4-5-6, happy hands fix. 6-7-8, you are GREAT!
- 1-2-3, defense part-Y. 4-5-6, routine will fix. 6-7-8, you’re ready for a DATE!
- 1-2-3, 2 is the key. 4-5-6, steady your picks. 6-7-8, it’s never too late.
- 1-2-3, small is perfect for me. 4-5-6, master the tricks. 6-7-8, stress can wait.
Two months down and you are the Kahuna of your organized space. You’re never alone, this little grasshopper is right there with you. This month Practice makes Praxis.
Praxis is from Ancient Greek. It is the process by which a theory, lesson, or skill is enacted, embodied, or realized. “Praxis” may also refer to the act of engaging, applying, exercising, realizing, or practicing ideas. Are you asking what’s the difference? Praxis is the real-life application of leaning while practice is the repetition of an activity in a way to always improve.
Tip #5: The art of the PURGE!
Hint: Practice, Praxis, Practice, Praxis
While doing a daily tidy-up, consider purging. It’s the perfect time to downsize. This is the number one secret to keeping your home/office/business clean and organized! Less stuff in your “world” means less stuff you have to manage. Can I share a secret? Tell yourself, “Every time I bring something in, two things must go.” It’s brilliant!
While cleaning, if you come across clothes you aren’t wearing, toss it in the clothes donation. Kitchen supplies you don’t cook with? Appliance donation. When you find toys your kids have outgrown, what do you do? That’s right, plop it in the toys donation. Decor that is outdated, place it in the donation box. No need to look back, you’re doing great. Keep your eyes ahead, see the prize! Can you see the clear path through the room? I know you could and you did it.
Same goes for the office/business:
Do you have a paperless office or only print occasionally? Then you don’t need all the different colored paper, styles and weights of paper, envelopes, and notepads.
- How many color pens do you need?
- Old software.
- Old office equipment, printers, monitors, disk drives, etc.
- Look into online backup services like Google Drive, iCloud, and others.
- Yes, you can donate office items, non-profit organizations or school teachers would love to receive your purged items.
Tip # 6: 1-2-3, Eliminate & See, 4-5-6 Master your Praxis
Hint: Don’t PROCRASTINATE, Instead ANTICIPATE!
On the serious side, keeping your house/office organized is about two things: not having too much stuff and setting good habits. You’ve been here before, I know you know what to do. That’s it, get in the habit of putting things away immediately. Then it’s a no brainer to keep the house/office clean. The more we procrastinate, the more we toss them on the floor, counter, bed, etc.
Tip #7: Maintain Now and enjoy your big WOW!
Hint: Make MAINTENANCE a HAPPY thing!
This may sound ridiculous, but cleaning can be very therapeutic. Sometimes your mind needs to rest. Cleaning removes the clutter from your mind and your space. Inhale the aroma of fresh organic products. Or light your favorite candle. Feel content and happy when your house/office is clean and organized. You’ll surprise yourself. When you maintain and tidy each day, you’ll yearn for the openness, the unclutter, your favorite scents and this is when you are in WOW.
Still not buying into maintaining your space? Well, part of the beauty of organization is being able to find what you need. Maybe that’s your reason for finding me, your custom household and business concierge. My calling is bringing Aloha to busy households and overwhelmed businesses needing support.