In most of our houses it is very easy to find a room in a cluttered mess. Our workshops or spaces are no different. We all know it takes very little to make a mess but some hard work to de-clutter and organize. That is why most of us have that cluttered room because we don’t have the time or we have other priorities.
But clutter diminishes a smile, dampens the spirit, and so should not be tolerated. It also makes us very unproductive when trying to get a project done.
A lot of people find that one of their favorite things to do when stressed out is to clean! You find that hard to imagine, right? Well, it is true. Cleaning gives order and purpose to your life, even if only in smaller chunks at a time.
Some people when they go to de-clutter their work space all they do is move the clutter around from one shelf to another. That’s not what we are talking about here. We are talking about de-cluttering the complete room. Saying good-bye to the dust, saying good-bye to the junk and saying hello to a room that we can breathe and move around in! Now, doesn’t that sound delightful?
At this point you may be thinking about the TV show hoarders and saying my shop isn’t like that. Well be thankfully that isn’t so but that doesn’t mean you don’t have some work to do. I know in my small shop it doesn’t take long for things to get out of place and cluttered especially if I haven’t used it for a while.
So where do you start?
You should start out by writing a list of what you absolutely want done. Move slowly through your shop and write down all the things that are out of place. Materials that were scrap but never got rid of. Piles of projects that you planned to do but haven’t got around to. Write them all down!
By now, if you are thinking this through, you can probably see a list of very workable sized chores that can be accomplished, one-at-a-time over a day or two. The idea is to get started and work your way around your shop. And over a day or so, you will again have a beautiful, uncluttered shop as your reward!
Do not become discouraged if your attempt to enlist some help from your family runs a-muck. One can hope but if you are really honest about it, you probably don’t want some of your stuff touched by anyone else anyway. Some chores are best left to just your pair of hands. That way you can be sure that the chores will be done right the first time.
The big thing is don’t get overwhelmed by the whole job. Try to accomplish one task or project at a time and fairly quickly you will see you are making a difference.
Now that you know what tasks you want to accomplish and how to approach it, the next big step is to get started and get rid of that clutter.