It’s highly unlikely you’ve only got one cluttered spot. If your desk is piled high with things, there is a good chance there are boxes under your desk and papers stacked around your office. Even the file cabinets are stuffed. At home, you have a walk-in closet you can’t walk in. This means you probably also have over stuffed dresser drawers, heaps in the laundry room, and a coat closet crying for help.
Often, we tend to think if I organize A, then I’ll need to move stuff to area B. That area is a mess so I’ll need to organize B. But I can’t organize A and B unless I do something about C. By that time, you’ve overwhelmed yourself and don’t start at all.
The best way to get started is to choose one thing and actually do it. Don’t start projecting where all that will take you. As a professional organizer, I encourage people to start in the spot they use the most. Tackling a place you use a lot will have a great impact on your productivity.
Until next time …