What’s in a Minute?

One-Minute Organizer set of books is written by Donna Smallin.

One-Minute Organizer (Plain & Simple edition)

While waiting for an appointment yesterday, I came upon an interesting book called One-Minute Organizer Plain & Simple by Danna Smallin.  Leafing through it, I found some excellent quick tips for cleaning out clutter and getting my home (and life) in order.  I attempted to capture its wisdom with my tablet, first by taking pictures of the pertinent pages.  When that proved horrendously cumbersome, I tried to jot down notes on my tablet, only slightly less horrendously cumbersome.  I would have used the old tried-and-true pen-to-paper method, but had no paper.

After mentioning the book to my therapist (the appointment), she told me to take it with me.  So I did—with the intention of returning it after I’ve reaped its beneits.

The book is much like Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and other inspirational books, with little tidbits of help on every page.

The first chapter is titled “Getting Started.”  It discusses the importance of goals, consistency, accountability, and rewards.   For me, one tip stands out from all the others:  take care of today’s mess.  Tackle those chores that need to be done regularly, such as the daily mail, dishes, and laundry.  To those, I would add email and paying bills.

That tip was a light-bulb moment.  My to-do lists have always been about “keeping up” and never about “moving forward.”  Just that one sentence has changed my thinking.  Now I can separate those things I need to do every day from those things that will help me reach my goals.

I’ve addressed today’s mess, having cleaned and put away the dishes, folded and put away the laundry, and dealt with the mail.  Tomorrow, the goals!

 

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4 thoughts on “What’s in a Minute?

  1. Natalie J. Damschroder says:

    Sounds interesting and helpful!

    My problem, though, is that “today’s mess” is often partly “yesterday’s mess” and always takes way more time than it should, leaving little room for the goals. LOL

    • Gailann says:

      Well, it’d be helpful if I’d stick to it. :/ I’ve done ok with the dishes (not perfect, but ok) and laundry, but just about nothing else. I’ll blame the heat for two days this week, but just can’t seem to get motivated.

      You have other, more important things to occupy your time. Like Numbers 1 and 2 and J. That’s pretty terrific in my book. 🙂

  2. Gailann says:

    Reblogged this on Ms. Pack Brat and commented:

    Initially posted at the New Stream of Conscience, but I’m thinking it’s a better fit here. Especially since there’s much more to write about regarding organizing, decluttering, etc, etc.

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