used to have the amazing ability to walk in the door after work and instantly lose my keys. The next morning I was known to waste anywhere from 10 minutes to a half hour looking for my missing keys. Sometimes they were in the couch other times they were on the bookshelf. It was like magic and I was Houdini. *Poof* gone. This turned into such an issue that there were days I would have to wake up my husband to help me look and he was never amused. My punishment for losing my keys is I now have a dog named Makese, when pronounced correctly is My Keys. I guess I deserve it but she was never much help finding them either.
Those days are behind me and I can proudly say, that eight years later, I always know where my keys are. I no longer put them down in random places and can leave the house in my car anytime I want. Pathetic isn’t it.
The other issue I had to tackle was my inefficiency at keeping my office clean and usable. I had huge piles of papers that would avalanche from the desk onto the floor making walking a serious OSHA violation. We had more paperwork coming in daily than I could process and I had no system to get it all put somewhere. I finally got a laptop so I didn’t have to work in the office.
Then I started selling online and found that my inventory was suffering the same fate as the papers in my office. I was misplacing items almost as fast as I listed them. I knew it was time to stop and get a handle on it when I got negative feedback from a customer because, not only could I not find the item he bought, I lost the money order he sent me to pay for it so I couldn’t return it.
Fast forward eight years – everything has a place and life couldn’t be neater. I stop working 15 minutes before the end of each workday and put everything away that is sitting out. I come into the office each morning to be greeted by a clean desk and a feeling of control. It’s not hard to do but it does take discipline. You’ll be amazed by how much you can do in 15 minutes (more if you have the time).
My goal with this site is to give you real life examples and simple tasks that will help you put it all away. My office is 90% paperless and I can teach you to make yours the same. I would love to hear from you and learn how you make life neat.
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