I have read this quote on a number of occasions and wonder if it rings true for the majority of people. Personally my tolerance for clutter/mess is rather low. I find it chaotic and cannot concentrate on other tasks let alone relax. It has been said that I am bordering on OCD – in my opinion this is a slight exaggeration! When my children drop crumbs on the living room carpet, I cannot sit down to watch a film or relax unless I hoover. I guess it is for this reason that “mummy’s time” is after their bedtime when the living room carpet is free from toys, arts and crafts and other odds and ends. I learnt the painful way that it is pointless trying to tidy when your children are playing – in fact no different to shovelling snow when it is snowing!
I truly believe it is more challenging to achieve in mess and almost impossible to think clearly. My issue is my inability to close my eyes when things are not as they should be. Something in me is begging to “fix it”. My husband watches me and laughs when I sweep up at midnight. Might I add whilst he is chilling on the sofa or head engrossed in his work laptop!
If one works from home it must be quite a struggle creating a boundary for work and play. Having an office would help as you can shut yourselves in without dealing with distractions from family members. I run my small make up business from home and deal with the administration late at night. Everything is where it should be and I can work in peace – bliss!
The easiest ways to eliminate clutter:
1. Tidy and clean as you go along (little and often)
2. Have a “home” for absolutely everything – I mean everything
3. Throw away items that no longer serve their purpose/look worse for wear
4. Resist the urge to hang onto an item “just in case”
What are your thoughts on tidiness in relation to productivity?
How do you like to work, whether in your home or office?