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Monday, April 11, 2016 Day 155

I hated math in school. I still hate math. That’s why I write and design pretty documents. But inevitably math makes its way into nearly facet of our daily lives, and organizing is no exception. In organizing, the 90:10 rules says that 90 percent of the time you are only using 10 percent of your stuff. Hmmm… So this begs the question, what about the other 90 percent of stuff that is only being used (or enjoyed) 10 percent of the time? Well, before I evolve this line of questioning into any math-phobic person’s biggest nightmare, a story problem, let me just cut to the chase.

A vast number of the items we bring into our lives (or have given to us) we never use or appreciate on a daily basis. Singularly, random items here and there seem harmless. But put together and collected over time, all of our stuff becomes “volumized” on a more massive scale that many times becomes too overwhelming to sort, clean, process or even appreciate. And at its most dangerous, it becomes a roadblock to our ability to effectively maintain control and balance in our lives.

Break down the 90:10 rule in different areas of your life and see how what you learn may help you be able to lighten your load, clear out some space, and free up your time.

In your closet: turn all your clothes hangers (for what you are wearing this season) around, so the hanger hook is facing away from you. For a period of 30, 45 or 60 days (depending on the size of your closet and your wardrobe), when you remove an item of clothing, turn the hanger the correct way. At the end of the month, examine closely what clothes never got turned. Ask yourself why you are keeping them and consider donating them to someone who would enjoy them.

When sorting paperwork: 90 percent of the paperwork we keep we will never touch again. Pitch it without blinking especially if you can find the information somewhere else. (Note: this excludes irreplaceable life status documents and financial papers, taxes returns, etc.)

In the kitchen: Do you have your “go to” Tupperware and your favorite table linens? Why hold onto the rest if they never get into the rotation? Clutter-free your cabinets and buffet so you can make more room to enjoy what you have and space for what will be new to come into your life down the road.

The simple truth is we are part of a culture that has traditionally accepted excess and rejected minimalism. With this in mind, I hope the 90:10 rule just gives you a practical way to break down and think about the daily use and enjoyment of all of your possessions, so that if you need to, it can show you where you can de-clutter and regain some organizational control.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016 Day 149

I’m reading a book called The Power of Less by Leo Babauta. I defiantly recommend it if you are looking for some simplicity in your life. I know I am! An example: every calendar in my house is still flipped to May or June. So as I’m going around my house tonight, cleaning and picking things up, I’m remembering what Babauta writes about how to let A LOT of it go. How to significantly decrease the onslaught of information that bombards us everyday, ultimately allowing us to focus on what we really care about in life. I’m also realizing as I walk around my house how much crap we have. And I’m not a clutter-bug or a collector either.

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Sunday, April 3, 2016 Day 147

Being organized helps save time cleaning up the house. So does having functional storage spaces. What exactly does functional mean? It means not having cluttered or over crowded shelves, cabinets, and/or drawers.

Zoning and having an assigned home for household belongings also helps.

In a kitchen that has defined spaces for dishware, utensils and groceries makes unloading the dishwasher, setting the table or unpacking the groceries faster and less stressful.

Also, everything in your home or office must have a HOME. That is, a place where it belongs. And it should be relatively easy to access. Daily HOMES are not long term storage. You shouldn’t need to get a ladder, dig through three layers of storage boxes or go out of your way to put away something you use on a daily basis.

Get into the habit of doing a “sweep” of your key living and working spaces at the end of each day. Put things back where they belong, back to their assigned HOME. Doing this a few minutes every day will prevent a larger mess from needing attention on the weekend. And really, who wants to be cleaning up on the weekend?

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So, here we go. Im going to try to post for the next 100 days on my effort to be more productive in my life. Im organized, and able to plan as a person, but my problem is that I procastinate.Alot. So this is an effort to try to get a habit down before final exams in somewhere around 50 days, or less. Today isnt day one, because its easter break where I am, and so far all ive done is drink coffee and getting ready to do this challeng, so getting ready for school weeks in advance and cleaning/ organizing. Welp, check back tomorrow. Here we go!!! 

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