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Clear Up Before Moving On

Posted on 20 January, 2013 at 21:22
"Guess: What Arguably Trivial Habit Gives a Giant Boost of Happiness?

 It’s….putting things away in the proper place!"

~ Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project


Well, I suppose that naturally this is something you would expect to read when coming to a professional organizing blog.  Ok, I admit it.  I get great joy out of knowing where things 'belong' and putting them there.

But, shy of the proverb, "A place for everything, and everything in it's place," what is on my mind this week relates more to the Clean Desk Policy (CDP) utilized by companies such as UPS.
CDP is the rule that, at the end of the day, your desk is left free and clear of all paper and projects.  When you return to work the following day, you return to a clear work space.

At home, I use an abbreviated version of this.

When I take something out to work on - paying bills, doing a craft, a book I'm reading - I try to stick to the policy that when I'm done for the day with it, even if it is not complete I put it away.  Even though I may sit at the kitchen table to pay bills, evidence of my bill-paying is gone by the time we are ready to sit for a meal. 

This may mean having a temporary holding area nearby for works in progress - a file box for action items, a crafting bag for smaller parts of big projects, or a catchall basket for items that are heading up or downstairs.  The important thing is that clearing your space before moving to something different helps to clear your mind of clutter and distractions and lets you focus on what's next.


Categories: De-Clutter, Getting Organized, Space Clearing

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3 Comments

Reply Stecy Okson
6:54 on 9 February, 2013 
Exactly! I think it's a good chance of cleaning because sometime we can't keep the stuffs neat & clean only lack of enough time so if while moving it's finished up then it'll be cool indeed. Let's follow the nice tips.
Reply Man and van Edinburgh
8:32 on 9 April, 2013 
Thanks for your nice advice before moving from any place. this is very nice information which is provided by you keep blogging more post on this topic..
Reply replica omega
6:22 on 14 October, 2013 
Stecy Okson says...
Exactly! I think it's a good chance of cleaning because sometime we can't keep the stuffs neat & clean only lack of enough time so if while moving it's finished up then it'll be cool indeed. Let's follow the nice tips.

I so agree. What matters is where you end up. Thank you for sharing your story
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