A few weeks ago, I wrote about bad habits that can wreak havoc on your closet organization. I was a little bit cocky, bragging about how I don't happen to engage in any of those habits, at least not in my closet.
Does that mean I'm bad-habit-free?
Not by a long shot.
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Like anyone else, I have things I need to work on. Here are a few of them.
Pile-ups. When I get busy, my drop and run default kicks in. I put things down instead of putting them away. I stack things, meaning to get to them later. This isn't too bad if the stacks are meaningful and this process doesn't go on for too long. But, when this habit continues unchecked, I end up with a major project on my hands.
Solution? Don't put it down, put it away. As often as possible.
Procrastination. More often than not, the most difficult part of a project for me is simply getting started. Once I stop whining and start doing, I generally get wrapped up in the task at hand and find it much easier than I expected it to be. And progress is a wonderful motivator.
Solution? Give it five. Knowing I have an out after five minutes helps me get started, and since getting started is half the problem, giving it five gets me halfway there.
Not writing things down. This one creates less obvious chaos than the others, but it creates plenty of mental chaos. I have systems for all of my lists and notepads in plenty of locations. When it comes to not writing it down, I really have no excuse.
Solution? Just do it.
And in the end, that's pretty much what it comes down to. I'm happy to say that between writing this post and uploading it, I tackled two trouble spots, clearing them completely.
Now I just need to follow my own advice to keep them that way.
Copyright 2016 Lisa Hess
About the Author
Lisa Lawmaster Hess is a transplanted Jersey girl who writes both fiction and non-fiction. Lisa’s latest book is the award-winning Know Thyself: The Imperfectionist’s Guide to Sorting Your Stuff. A retired elementary school counselor, Lisa is an adjunct professor of psychology at York College. She blogs at The Porch Swing Chronicles, Organizing by STYLE, and here at Catholicmom.com. Read all articles by Lisa Hess.