Kevin Costner is cluttered too

Some of my clients are particularly interested in how they compare to my other clients.  Do we ever wonder though how we compare to celebrities?  I think we do, and all too often we assume they don’t share any of our day to day struggles. This is why I laughed out loud when listening to an interview with Kevin Costner on the only thing I ever listen to in the car these days: Tim Ferriss’ podcast.  At the very end, around 1:44, Coster rants about how things go lost in his house and how he can’t stand it when his kids always say “it’s in the car.”  In his own words: “I hope that people understand that my life is just as cluttered as theirs probably.”

There you have it.  Celebrities - they’re just like us.  Does this make you feel better?  It should!  Please share in the comments below.   Listen to the full interview here.

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

The Story of Stuff

The Story of Stuff video made its rounds on the internet back when it came out in 2007. I recently came across it again and it's as relevant as ever: a manifesto of sorts against clutter and consumerism, revealing the social and environmental reasons why it's crucial that we all begin to live with less.  It's just brilliant. Watch the video below.

Visit storyofstuff.org to learn more

Newsflash: Clutter kills Persistence

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Organized spaces sometimes get a bad rap for killing creativity, but experience had me suspecting there was another side to that coin. Turns out there is.

The Harvard Business Review recently conducted a study that revealed that though disorder can encourage creativity and relaxation even, it kills focus & persistence. Read the full story here.

Photo credit: 55Laney69 @flickr

kacyRoundOffice Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper. She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking. Reach her at 202.262.1207 and kacy@theinspiredoffice.com. Learn about Skype consultations here. Watch video lessons on office organizing here. Receive your free list of 100 Ways to Organize Your Office at www.theinspiredoffice.com

Proof that cool organizing knick-knacks don't solve your problems.

organizing Even the cleverest of tools need regular purging, thoughtful categorizing, and clear labeling.

If either of these aren't in place from day one, here's what happens.

Buying products is not organizing.

Do the work.

Have you bought an organizing product that you mistook for a magic wand?  

What was it?  What problem did you want to to solve?  

Where is it now? Please share comments below.

 

Office Organizing ExKacy Paidepert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper. She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking. Reach her at 202.262.1207 and kacy@theinspiredoffice.com. Learn about Skype consultations here. Watch video lessons on office organizing here. Receive your free list of 100 Ways to Organize Your Office at www.theinspiredoffice.com

How High Is Your Clutter Tolerance?

Parents tend to have much higher tolerance levels for toddlers shrieking than non-parents, yes?   I like loud music.  My mom doesn’t.  I can handle a few Mojitos.  Some of my friends start slurring after half a beer.  My office has to be sparkling.  My bathtub doesn’t. As I see it, messes too sometimes have more to do with tolerance levels than with skill or effort. Married couples and roommates often realize that they disagree on acceptable levels of visual chaos. The other day I was describing to a friend an organizing job I had years ago.  I don’t remember the details of the project, but she asked me, “How do some people live like that?”  I answered, “They just have a really high tolerance for clutter.”

It's proximity to one’s breaking point that determines the level at which clutter affects you, not simply how high your piles are.  If you’ve had a messy office for years now, I’d imagine that your tolerance level for clutter is quite high.  I see vastly different tolerance levels for clutter every day.  Some people don’t call for help until 20 years of paper accumulate.  Some reach their breaking point just a few months into experiencing a failed filing system.   How many papers away are you from your breaking point?

7 Day Inspired Office Challenge

Take notice of how close you are to your clutter breaking point.  You may have reached it if you avoid your office at all costs, have collection notices because of lost bills, or your clutter has ever caused you embarrassment.  What is an acceptable, but not punishing, level of chaos?  Picture it, and aim for that.  It's the natural next step on your way to an office you want to show off.  Sometimes just a reality check on how high your tolerance has become is enough to motivate you to bring in the recycling bins.