The first step to getting organized (it’s surprising)

Staying on top of the trash situation in your living area is the first, most important step to getting organized.

Don’t believe it is that easy? Well think about the organized homes you’ve seen. Do they have trash laying around? Have you ever seen an over-stuffed trash bin in “Martha Stewart Living”? So, see. I told you!

Considering the importance of taking out the trash, here is a public service announcement from Get Organized Already. (at no charge)

When you go to put something into a trash can that is obviously full, please empty the receptacle.

There is no good excuse NOT to do this simple everyday chore.

sample bad excuses

It’s someone else’s chore, not mine! Think about whether it’s easier to just take out the trash yourself or to let them know they have neglected their chore? Which is better: resentment or a stinky room? (tough call)

I did it last time! Thank you! Now do it again. Trash happens every day.

I live alone. Do you want to have to handle that mound of trash later as it overflows onto the floor and the dog knocks you over as you struggle to get out another trash bag for the mess that’s spilling everywhere?

Seriously, if you have to shove the trash into the can, it’s TIME TO TAKE IT OUT. And what better way to express your love for those you live with than to handle it before it gets ugly.

Thank you for listening and feel free to share this with other trash neglectors in your life.

organizing tip #1

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Trash as clutter

A lot of the homes in which I work have a sizeable amount of trash in them. I often wonder, but seldom ask, why they don’t just throw it away.

It’s confusing to me because I’m finding there are a few different reasons why.

Here’s a great post by Kate, who says her ADD greatly contributes to her home’s clutter.

Sometimes people don’t even think to throw trash away.   By the time they are done with one thing they have mentally moved on to the next.  The remnants of their first activity stay right where they have finished using them.

Some people aren’t detail oriented and don’t even see the trash. So, they don’t pick it up.

Some people have grown up surrounded by detritus and, whether it bothers them or not, being surrounded by a bit of trash isn’t something they consider to be an option.

It is often a matter of priorities. Picking up some broken, old things in the living room is beneath watching Mad Men on their list.

Take a look around you now. Is there trash in your house or in your office?

When do you plan to throw it away?

Comments welcome below.