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.

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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.

1 Comment

  1. Stephanie Bennis on May 18, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    It’s very true that you can feel like you’ve completed an entire project but there may still be many lose ends and leftovers that need taken care of! I hope I’m at least a 98%er 🙂

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