Remove the Temptation
By: Janet L. Hall
With the month coming
to a close, I wonder if you're beating
yourself up (I hope you're not) because you didn't stick with your
New Year’s resolutions; whether it was de-cluttering and getting
organized, getting healthier by exercising and eating better or
getting your finances back on track.
resolution was perhaps you didn't follow through
with it because you didn't remove the temptation.
Let's look at Judith,
whom actually gave me the idea for this article
and has given me permission to discuss her situation.
Judith is an innkeeper
of a beautiful
Bed 'N Breakfast in White
Springs, FL - the place where I'm taking my sabbatical and helping
Judith de-clutter and get organized.
Although many private
areas of the BNB needed help we decided
to start in the kitchen for two reasons: 1) Judith's office is located
in the kitchen and 2) Judith has to cook breakfast every morning
when she has guests (plus cooking for herself throughout the day).
In the small kitchen
with limited cabinet space Judith had her desk,
a hutch, two tables, stove, refrigerator and one wall of partial
counter tops. Her kitchen was so jumbled you could barely breathe,
let alone turn around and do work in it.
After speaking with
Judith I made my recommendations and the
first one was to sort everything out of the hutch. The hutch that
Judith has emptied out and organized many times and then went
back to old habits of throwing this or that into and on it. The hutch
that is over a 100 years old, was a gift and Judith refinished.
We didn't just need to
empty and organize we needed to remove
the temptation to pile, stow, toss and hide. Judith agreed we needed
to remove the hutch. You see the hutches only function had
become a "catch-all".
With the temptation
removed, the desk drawers cleaned out and a
new "paper system" put in place Judith has managed to keep her
space clear of clutter for almost three weeks now and she can
As Judith continues on
her journey of de-cluttering and organizing
she asked me the other day, "Do any of your clients tell you they
feel like they are drowning in clutter?"
"Yes, all the time," I
"And do any of them
mention to you that after the process of
de-cluttering they feel like the weight of the world has been lifted
off their shoulders?" Judith asked.
"Yes, all the time," I
answered with a giggle.
What temptations do you
need to remove from your life?
Are you REALLY ready to draw the line, yelling ENOUGH is ENOUGH I'm
READY to gain back control of my bedroom?
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