We thought that we would start our blog with our absolute favorite and most Purposeful organizational strategy! How is that for a ringing endorsement? It is important to know that not only do we ALWAYS recommend this strategy to our clients but we practice it ourselves. We say “practice” because it doesn’t come naturally-nope, not even to Professional Organizers. Lastly, this is not rocket science but it definitely changes your life and way of doing things. If you are a procrastinator buckle up!
You should NOT put off anything that takes you less than 2-minutes to do
Remember, we told you it wasn’t rocket science. Here is why we recommend it: If you put something down after you’ve picked it up and determined what you need to do with it, you’ll just have to re-remember it later. This means that when you come across the item in the future, you will have to repeat that process again. That is a waste of your time, maybe just a couple minutes but these minutes add up. So once you pick it up and determine that it will take you less than two minutes to deal with it, DO IT THEN.
Here are a couple ways to think about this rule:
- Sorting mail: “batch your tasks. This means when you sort your mail, place anything that will take more than 2 minutes to deal with in an “action” bin. Put junk mail in your recycle bin. Resolve any action that takes less than 2 minutes to deal with, then file accordingly after completion. Set aside time during the week to resolve any items in your “action” bin.
- Laundry-Take piles directly to designated rooms upon folding. Put away-it really doesn’t take that long to put laundry away, might be a bit longer than 2 minutes, but then it is done.
- Donations/Returns-If you have items to donate or return to the store, put them directly in your car. No sense in taking them from one room in the house, to another, then eventually to your car. Why touch it and think about it multiple times? Why increase the chances of forgetting about it? We recommend that you keep a crate or bin in the car for these items.