Most people will know that when we talk about organizing skills and knowledge as a topic, we are talking about; decluttering, organizing and to some extend cleaning. These are all skills and knowledge you can acquire. The more organizing skills and knowledge you have, the easier this whole process becomes. Skills and knowledge is a nice place to start because you can learn a whole range of things without the messiness of everyday life or our emotional baggage (which also play a big role in organizing), coming to the forefront.
To read more about Internal Factors and External Factors relating to organizing click on the hyperlinks.
On this page however, we will look in detail at the Skills and Knowledge section of the organizing Framework. These are the things, that can make you move from chaotic to extremely organized simply because you are working on the external environment and how you work which could have a very big impact on your surroundings and on how organized you feel.
Organizing Skills and knowledge could be broken up in three levels:
1. Basic organizing skills and knowledge
2. Supporting structures
1. The first level is probably the reason you are here. You want to learn how to declutter and organize but just don’t know where to start. Learning about these skills and how to apply them will help with any organizing project. The skills of decluttering, organizing and cleaning for that matter change very little from project to project. So once you get the hang of how to do this, live becomes a lot easier.
2. The second level is often under rated and in many cases rightfully so, as we use systems to be organized, we often don’t design them. Nevertheless you need to be aware that the amount of thinking that goes into anything that is organized and works like clockwork is enormous.
Once the thinking has taken place, it allows for systems to be created. Systems can be a range of different things. It might be how you complete your cycles of washing at home as it moves through different stages (clean, dirty, wash, fold, wardrobe and repeat). It could also be an expansive IT system with different usernames and access levels like what a lot of us use in the work force. Most of us are basically given these systems to work with. We are given training and are shown processes and procedures for the system and what we need to do to work with it which in turn should make our live easier and hopefully help us thrive. The above scenario is very often the case at work, with a new piece of software, with a new machine, a new procedure etc. At home however, we still need to set up our own systems (which is one of the reasons a lot of us struggle at home and not so much at work).
3. Lastly at Level three there is maintain, this is the necessary part for any system to work whether it be effective or ineffective, good or bad you need to put fuel to the fire otherwise there is nothing. And guess what? you are already maintaining everything in your life. Maintenance is strongly linked to our habits, the link between the little things we do on a day to day basis and the bigger results we get after a while can be enormous (for example try ignoring either the bin or your washing for a month. You see what I mean)
Maintenance is quite a tricky area as little habits and their big implications are very often underestimated. Then there is also a strong link between the maintenance we have in place and a whole number of Internal as well as External factors that might help or hinder us from being or remaining organized. These things include; your belief systems, your boss or your messy desk or the fact that you only spend one hour each day at home. A number of these factors might make realistic maintenance next to impossible. This means a range of internal and external factors need to be looked at and addressed in order to see what is applicable to you and what will help in your situation to maintain consistently organized.