"Guess: What Arguably Trivial Habit Gives a Giant Boost of Happiness?
It’s….putting things away in the proper place!"
~ Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project
Well, I suppose that naturally this is something you would expect to read when coming to a professional organizing blog. Ok, I admit it. I get great joy out of knowing where things 'belong' and putting them there.
But, shy of the proverb, "A place for everything, and everything in it's place," what is on my mind this week relates more to the Clean Desk Policy (CDP) utilized by companies such as UPS.
CDP is the rule that, at the end of the day, your desk is left free and clear of all paper and projects. When you return to work the following day, you return to a clear work space.
At home, I use an abbreviated version of this.
When I take something out to work on - paying bills, doing a craft, a book I'm reading - I try to stick to the policy that when I'm done for the day with it, even if it is not complete I put it away. Even though I may sit at the kitchen table to pay bills, evidence of my bill-paying is gone by the time we are ready to sit for a meal.
This may mean having a temporary holding area nearby for works in progress - a file box for action items, a crafting bag for smaller parts of big projects, or a catchall basket for items that are heading up or downstairs. The important thing is that clearing your space before moving to something different helps to clear your mind of clutter and distractions and lets you focus on what's next.