Tidying Up With La Jolla Sports Club!
Still pumped from the excitement of the NCAA basketball tournament??? Ready for a Final Four that doesn’t include Duke??? We are, too! Science(!) has recently proven it’s better to enjoy yourself now, so have fun with those games while they last. We covered a few basketball-related workouts in our last posts that will boost happiness, as well, but what about when you get home, you look around and you realize, $#!^, that’s a lot of clutter.
By now, you’ve probably heard about Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, the surprise hit on Netflix that helps her ‘clients clean the clutter—and choose joy.’ Aside from the sappy tagline, Netflix has hit on something that seems to be resonating amongst us humans.
Maybe we’ve grown tired of all this… stuff… that seems to build up around us. Maybe it’s that we no longer need photo albums and books and CDs and DVDs since it’s now all available online, forever and ever, amen. Maybe it’s that rent and real estate in San Diego keeps on creeping and we’re getting less for more and we’re running out of space. Or maybe, just maybe, there is something to this phenomenon that de-cluttering your life can actually reduce stress and… (gulp) bring joy.
We really like these articles from Bulletproof, Dave Ramsey and Lifehack, which do a great job of breaking down some of the tips below. All of them are worth a read once you de-clutter your life and open up some mental capacity!
Once you’re ready to unload, our friends at Junk MD are a great resource for hauling and moving your unwanted items!
Bulletproof states that ‘Clutter is actually a pile of decisions that haven’t been made.’ Unless you’re one of the lucky ones, you probably feel a little overwhelmed at work. De-cluttering your workspace can lead to less stress and more productivity, which would, we assume, lead to a little more enjoyment at work.
Lifehack recommends clearing everything off the top of your desk and taking everything out of the drawers. Boss(wo)man giving you the eye? Tell him / her that this’ll help the team in the long run, boost ROI, create synergy, etc., but don’t get sidetracked!
Assemble the items in piles on the floor and marvel at what a clean desk can look like. Wipe those tears of joy and begin the Great Purge by sorting through the piles and tossing as much as you can.
Once you’ve done the initial purge, set up a basic alphabetical filing system with a folder for each project or client, keeping your office supplies and other items in designated drawers. Lifehack recommends designating a spot for every item you decided to keep and make sure that it stays there, or goes back there when you’re done using it.
Keep flat surfaces clear, and have an inbox for all incoming papers. When the papers come in, sort them, toss them, delegate them, action-item them or file them, but whatever you do, do not keep them on your desktop. All you want on the surface of your desk is your phone, computer, inbox and the documents you are working with at the moment. Feel free, however, to add your favorite photo of the La Jolla Sports Club staff.
Bonus move: Apply the above to your computer / laptop. Do you really need those files? Have you used that app in the last year? Do you have old .zips and .dmgs that are taking up space?
Coming home from work feeling a little more refreshed? Awesome! Now to apply the Great Purge to your home and reduce the stress of a messy house.
We’re guessing you’re going to want to bounce from room to room, but try to stick to one room at a time. Break it up into a couple sessions if you have to, but with a singular focus, you’ll accomplish more and chip away at your de-cluttering goal faster.
Start by clearing the floor and creating three piles: Trash, Donate or Keep. Move on to the flat surfaces such as counters, shelves, tops of dressers, desktops, etc, and add them to the three piles. Then move on to those black holes known as drawers (this would also be a great time to break out the all-purpose cleaner) and move the items into the piles.
Once you’ve decided on the Keep pile, time to organize and move them out of sight.
Great sidenote from Bulletproof: ‘Out of sight, still in mind… Hiding clutter is not the same as tackling it.’
After you’ve conquered the easier room-tasks, time to move on to your closet, a great place to store things that you don’t want out in the open, and another black hole of stuff.
Repeat the emptying process, creating a new set of Trash, Donate and Keep piles. Decide on a specific place to store anything you keep and try to keep only the things you love and use frequently. Lifehack suggests getting rid of anything that you haven’t worn in six months, which we think is a little excessive, but if you’re on board, La Jolla Sports Club has a lot of donation boxes, so ask us how you can help!
Now, breathe, and feel—physically and mentally—how much lighter you are. Going through this de-cluttering process just once can make a difference in how you view… stuff… going forward. Feels good.
OK, that’s it for now, check back next post where we discuss the Why behind all of this de-cluttering!
Until then, have a great couple of weeks!
// Your friends at La Jolla Sports Club