Closed September 2017

Clutter Video Tip: How to Handle Overwhelming Organizing Projects

“I am overwhelmed!” Does that sound like the voices in your head? Are your projects just too much to handle? If you have a big project to do, watch this video and take the overwhelm out of your job.

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Hi. I’m Lorie Marrero, creator of the Clutter Diet book and on-line program, and today we are going to talk about this mess that you see around me. I am in the middle of moving. I have three addresses right now. I have the old place I used to live. I have the temporary apartment where I’m living, where my new house is going to be built. So there’s a lot of transition. I’m going to have to have a storage unit, which is something I don’t love, but it’s the perfect use for a storage unit, and that is for a temporary need. But there’s a lot of things up in the air, so I wanted to talk about that and give you some lessons to take away.

First of all, when you are doing a huge project like packing out a house, it can be very overwhelming, and it is very helpful to centralize everything into a staging area. And we did have a video about this at Christmas time, talking about putting away the Christmas stuff. Right now, you can see that I’m in this one room of the house where I have centralized everything that I need to pack up, or that needs to go to storage, and so we’re kind of using this room as a work room. Another thing that you want to do when you have a huge project like this, is get help from a friend. So, your friend may not be moving, but you can help your friend by agreeing to help them clean out their garage or help them watch their children.

But trade favors with a friend – we say that all the time – it really pays off because your friend can do things for you to keep you on-track like not letting you go down memory lane with your stuff. So – boy it’s really easy to do. You can sit down and find some old books or old photographs and get really bogged down and not make any progress because you’re going through those one by one.

The other thing I want to mention is when you have an overwhelming project use a timer. We have one here, this is the one we sell in our store, but you can also use any kind of kitchen timer you want, and for any amount of time that makes sense for you. We recommend 15 minutes, or 30 minutes, or an hour just because those are really realistic intervals and if you are having trouble focusing, if you use the timer, it will help you focus in your attention for that certain amount of time. Then you can take a break. So, you get a reward at the end, and a timer is a great way to facilitate the whole project and make sure it keeps going.

So if you like these tips, there’s more where that came from. You can find out more at our Free Tips page,

See you next time, and may you always be happy and grateful for having more than enough.

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