But maintenance doesn’t have to be another chore. Sometimes you just need to “take a minute.”
Take Tupperware. I have a client who had two pantry shelves jammed with mismatched storage containers and lids. Different sizes, different shapes, different brands. Despite having so many, she could never find what she wanted when she wanted it.
So one afternoon we pulled them all out; three hours later, we had made some matches. Every container we chose to keep had a matching lid, and every item was easy to find on the shelf.
Then, importantly, my client took the pledge: “From now on, I will take a minute to put these items back in their proper place.” She knew that no matter how rushed she was or how tired, by doing so she could maintain the order and ease she had just created.
It worked, and she was delighted, so much so that on my next visit, we sorted through and organized hundreds of her CD's. And again she pledged to “take a minute” to keep them organized.
It really takes only a minute, and it really does work.
Next time: Making "take a minute" part of your everyday routine