The Cost Of Disorganization - Can You Afford It?
By: Patty Kreamer
For many, being organized means a place for everything and
everything in its place. For others, it means nothing. The true
definition of being organized is being able to find things when you
need them, not 3 weeks later.You might need it someday!
If you can't see it, you forget it
You have too much stuff!
Your stuff needs a home.
You grew up with clutter.
You have too much to do!
Not enough storage space.
You are very sentimental.
You have had major changes in your life.
But if you ask me, being organized means saving BIG
money...period. Simply put, time is money. If you waste time all
day long looking for things, you are wasting money.
If you spend just 5 minutes of every hour of an 8 hour day (how often
do we only work 8 hour days?), looking for things, that adds up to
over 4 weeks per year (166 hours). Many times, we spend hours
looking for something. It adds up fast when you take each employee's
hourly rate of pay and multiply it by 166 hours per year.
For example: $15/hour X 166 hours X 10 employees = $24,900/year
thrown away! OUCH.
The worst part is (yes it gets worse!) that most small business
owners and managers average even more wasted time...as much as eight
weeks per year! So what can be done to eliminate most of this wasted time?
For starters, if you are not as organized as you'd like to be, you
have look inside yourself and explore WHY you are not organized. By
revealing your nature, you can learn to work with your habits instead
of against them. Over the years, we develop excuses, obstacles and
reasons to avoid getting organized. Here are a few examples:
Second, you have to take the time to look at your space and map out
what you want the space to look like when you are done before you
touch the first piece of clutter. In this step, you will need to:
Do a Needs Assessment
Define the activity for the room
Make a drawing of the room
Make a list of what you will need
Have a realistic time schedule
Have the URGE TO PURGE
Finally, you get to declutter by sorting and putting away in a
Most folks skip the Ready and Set steps and just start to tear into
the clutter but don't develop any long lasting systems. This
Band-Aid(R) will only last a short while before you have clutter
creeping back into your life.
In order to make the paper clutter go away, a simple process is
necessary. When it comes to papers and office clutter, I recommend
the E.A.S.Y. system. There are only four things you can do with a
piece of paper.
Act on it
Send it away
You file it
If you create four piles that correspond to the E.A.S.Y. system as
you sort, decision-making becomes more concise and narrow.
The bad news is that getting organized takes time and commitment. It
has to be on your list of priorities for it to really become achievable.
The good news is that getting organized is simple if done
methodically and it pays off. Not only does organization provide a
less stressful work environment, but it also boosts morale, increases
productivity and positively affects the bottom line.
Can you afford to be disorganized? Could you stand to be more
organized? Schedule the time to declutter and soon you'll be
inspired to continue because you'll feel like a huge weight has been
lifted off your shoulders!
Here's to simplifying your life!
© 2007, Kreamer Connect, Inc. Permission granted to reprint this
article so long as the text and by-line are not changed and reprinted
intact with all links made live.
Patty Kreamer, owner of Kreamer Connect, Inc., is a professional
organizer, speaker, and author of ...But I Might Need It Someday! and
The Power of Simplicity, now available at http://www.ByeByeClutter.com.