Asking the right question is one of the Professional Organiser’s most effective tools to help you get organised. Some of those questions are so simple. Here are three to get you started.
- What has worked in the past? And what hasn’t worked? If something has worked for you in the past, or even partly worked, there are clues there that will help set up future systems that will also work. If you tried something and it really didn’t work, don’t beat yourself up. And don’t bother trying that again. Different strokes for different folks.
- How much is enough? This question comes in handy when you’re shopping and again when you’re deciding about what to keep and what to get rid of. If you can master this question at the shopping stage, you’ll never have to worry about decluttering again. Here’s an example: a couple of boxes of tissues in your home are handy. It’s useful to have a spare box ready for when you run out. What about 35 boxes? Or 100? Where will you store them? Why is your money tied up in spare tissues? Are they in short supply? Or will the store have them on sale again next week? Get the idea?
- This next question works really well when deciding about clothes, again either at the purchasing or decluttering stage. Does this say “me” “this year”? Here’s how it works – Does this say (insert your name) (insert this year)? For me, right now, I would ask, “Does this say Angela 2015?” If your corporate life is in the past, those corporate suits won’t say “you, this year”.
Which question could you ask yourself right away?
And don’t forget I am an expert in this field. If the questions are hard, or the answers aren’t coming, I can help.