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Evaluate Your Home’s Strengths (Zone Defense)
Posted By Jessica Fisher On January 21, 2012 @ 1:47 am In Homekeeping | 26 Comments
Assessing the playing field, that is, evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of your home can help you enact a game plan for organizing that will help you win against clutter and disorder.
Ready to get into the game? Last week, I gave you a sneak peek into our game plan this year for organizing our homes . We’re going on Zone Defense and will be working on a different area of home/life each month.
Prior to a game, the athletes and their coaches study the field. What are the playing conditions? What are the strengths of the opposing team? What are their weaknesses? How can we position ourselves for success?
So, while you are probably antsy to just dig in and deal with your messes, now is the time to think about what you want to accomplish in this year. Take an inventory, if you will, of your home today, and sketch a vision of what you want it to look like – and how you want it to function – in the future.
Task #1 – Take this week to survey the playing field: inventory your home and its strengths and weaknesses.
Jot down the answers to these questions so that you have a clear picture of what you’re going to tackle.
As you think through these questions, try to be honest with yourself. Knowing your problem areas will better help you to solve them and to redesign your home to fit you and your family.
Personally, I want to get to the root of the problem. Rather than continually move my messes around, I want to prevent them from happening next time.
For myself, I know that paper is my arch rival. I was able to list at least four locations where paper rules the field. I also know that we have a combination of too much stuff as well as some tweaks we could make to increase the functionality of each room, like coat pegs in the entry way.
I’ve got these in mind, as well as trying to be honest about my own situation and habits. I know that I tend to hold onto stuff because I worry that I will have to pay a stupid tax and rebuy it later. Or, I’m just sentimental about the item in question.
Clearly, decluttering isn’t just about stuff. Emotions are a key player in this game.
My hunch is that once we get the ball into play, though, we’ll be okay. Successes often build on one another.
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