While we know that we have some very good ideas, we also know that there are others out there who do too. One of our go-to organizational guru’s is Peter Walsh. If you aren’t familiar with him, we recommend that at a minimum you Google him. If you read The Oprah Magazine, then we know you have heard of him
The key to good organizational concepts is that they are easy to understand and easy to follow. Most importantly, they are easy to maintain. Maybe “easy” isn’t the right word because these concepts tend to involve some serious habit changing but if you stick with it you can have some real success.
So today we share a wonderful Peter Walsh gem: “Finish the Cycle”
‘Consider your washing machine: You’d never fill it with dirty clothes, let it run for 20 minutes, then turn it off and let the clothes sit for two days. That would create a stinky mess! So it is with our daily routines: Doing things halfway wreaks havoc. That’s why it’s important to finish each cycle. For example, if you bring a dirty plate into the kitchen, don’t leave it on the counter-put it in the dishwasher! When you pull on sweatpants after work, don’t toss your skirt onto the bed-hang it in your closet. If you bring in the mail, don’t drop it on the table-sort it (recycle any junk/leave bills in a flat try). Each of these tasks requires about a minute, which is minimal compared with the time you’d waste later looking for that skirt or bill.’
This concept fits hand-in-hand with our 2-minute rule. They are both really good organizational habits to develop. These blogs could focus on all of our bad habits that lead to the dis-organization in our lives; however, that would just result in everyone feeling bad and wouldn’t provide encouragement about developing good organizational habits. We prefer to focus on the positive! Makes us all happier…So Finish the Cycle!