Organizing Tip of the Month: The 2 Minute Rule

when it comes to organizing, i have so many tips and tricks to make it work for me.  and while everyone is going to need a different system and a different motivation to keep it running, the single best tip i can share about keeping things organized is to follow the 2 minute rule.  if it can be done in 2 minutes or less, do it now.  do not put it aside to do later.

that's it.  just two minutes.  you have the time.  examples things that can be done in two minutes:
- mail sorting
- putting shoes away
- hanging up a jacket
- putting dishes in the dishwasher
- unloading the dishwasher
- moving the mug from the couch to the kitchen when you're done
- taking the trash out
- writing down the doctor's appointment
- filing away a paper
- signing your kid's permission slip
- rsvp-ing to a party or wedding

it's these tiny tasks that we give so much power to, and we don't need to.  mentally, people seem to build these up into huge tasks, but they're only huge if you don't stay on top of them.  sorting the mail of an entire month or putting away all the lost shoes and coats is going to take more than 2 minutes for sure.  but doing those things right when they happen will keep them from piling up and taking tons of your time.

it seems simple enough when you think about it, but it's tougher in practice.  because you're in the bad habit of kicking your shoes off by the door and throwing the jacket on the chair.  but it's still a rule worth adopting. 

if you're going to go through the work of decluttering and organizing your space, you'll want to keep it that way, right?  if organization maintenance is something you struggle with, start with the 2 minute rule.  i'll have more tips on organization maintenance in the coming months, but the 2 minute rule is always a good place to start.

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