Getting Organized: The Pebble Method

Have you ever had a pebble in your shoe? It’s such a tiny thing. Yet, when you have one, it bothers you constantly until you stop and get it out.

This is how I think about beginning to get organized. For the person whose overwhelmed cry is “I don’t know where to start,” I recommend finding the pebble in your shoe.

What is one small thing that constantly annoys you, makes your life more difficult, or keeps you from relaxing in a room? It is a jumbled bathroom drawer? A crammed recipe box that overflows when you try to find something? A desk, bed, or dining room table that is so covered with stuff you never get to use it for its intended purpose?

Whatever your pebble is – start there. Tackle that one little stone. If you have no clue how to organize it, send me a comment with your problem. I’ll be happy to give you ideas. Then relax, and enjoy your accomplishment. Other stones may be staring you in the face, but ignore them for a while. Revel in your newly organized space. Soon, you’ll be recharged and ready to tackle that next pebble in your shoe.

Simplicity Tip of the Day – Start small.  Organize the little things that bother you first. This will give you confidence, experience, and time to consider the next pebble you want to kick.

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4 Responses to Getting Organized: The Pebble Method

  1. I LOVE this visual! Maybe even I can do this!!! Thanks.

  2. My kitchen counter tops are kept clear and uncluttered; however, my desk top is not. One piece of paper like a pebble placed on top of the desk starts an avalanche. So, I shovel papers in manila folders that get shoved into a drawer and forgotten or into one of three tiered folder holders on my desk.

    What’s the secret for keeping a de-cluttered desk? My secret for keeping clear kitchen counter tops is cleaning up as I go. Everything has a go to place beyond a deep dish drawer.

    Help, I just stubbed my toe on a paper pebble.

  3. I appreciate this post too. For me, it’s my desk that continually gets messy. I clean it up, one thing at a time, but it’s not long before it’s back to where it started. Tips on keeping things straightened up?

  4. C.C. Owens says:

    Thanks for the feedback. It sounds like desks are a big issue. Why don’t I pull together some ideas and devote next week’s post to desk solutions. In the meantime, try collecting your desk overflow in a clutter box. That way you’ll have a clean desk for this week and next Friday we’ll look at how to make that a permanent situation!

    PS. If you need to refresh yourself on clutter boxes, check out the June 3rd post entitled “The Can’t Find It Lament.”

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