Are You a 95%er?
Are you someone who seems to always leave a trail of stuff following behind you? You have no problem starting and even finishing a project, but you always have clutter from the “left-overs” in your project area. You are what I call a 95%er. You finish almost the whole thing, but never quiet ALL of it. That last 5% is putting things away, getting things ready for the next use.
Follow through, cleaning up and putting things away is a critical final step to a smooth running schedule, a clutter-free space and a less frazzled life. Try it! Consider a project incomplete until you have cleaned up. When you finish eating dinner, put all the dishes in the dishwasher and wipe down the counters. When you work at your desk, take 2 minutes to tidy up before walking away. Challenge yourself to put away items so that they are ready for the next use. You can ask yourself, “Where will I look for this the next time I need it?” Then place it.
This will take some practice, but you will find that your life will run much smoother if you can complete that last 5% of anything you do.