Hello, world. Have you ever had the feeling something was following you? You knoooow something’s there but you were just too afraid to look. So you ignore it, hoping it would eventually go away… but it doesn’t. Suddenly, “something” grabs you at your feet! You jump back in shock, only to slam right into it. So then, you do what most people would do… RUN! Or you attempt to run, when only after a few steps, you slip on to the floor, and fall directly into the “thing”. Finally, you make it to the door. By now, you’re thinking you at least owe it to yourself to see what it was; this persistent, consuming “thing” determined to drag you down. So you slooowly turn around… and stare it head on. Did someone break in?.. Is it an animal?… a ghost or a MONSTER?! When all of a sudden you realize… it’s just those overstuffed binders on the floor you’ve been “meaning” to organize, the books and customer invoices stacked on the desk, and the world of products from your inventory toppling over the shelves. Yep, the so-called “Thing” pursuing you is called Clutter… and the truly scary conclusion is, it ain’t goin’ anywhere until you make it.
I saw this in a blog post some time ago and I giggle every time I read it. As a home-based business owner, the “Thing” called clutter is a common issue. Being a home-based business owner for many years, I have had the elephant in the room. Yes, I do help others get organized but not always the best at taking my own advice!
Do we invite clutter in? Nope! Do we like to deal with it? Nope! It just sort of happens.
I was always one for piles – organized piles. Then when I started working from home full time, I found it wasn’t so easy to get organized. I struggled with systems. We know we should take time to get organized, but the truth is we either (1) don’t know where to start, (2) adopt the “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” mentality (try to work with it as it is), or (3) RUN from it (avoid it all together).
No matter what, clutter has to eventually be cleared up or it will only get worse and you will be buried under a mass of paper being totally unproductive. It’s not going anywhere and the biggest hit where it REALLY hurts is…..yep, your profits. It is so much easier when you tackle it right away because it is easier, less overwhelming and can be a stress-free process. Otherwise, you not only work harder, you start the day off cranky and frustrated because, “seriously, I can’t find the file!” or you have orders for a product you didn’t realize was out of stock… ouch$$$! Need more motivation?
The major benefits of putting in the time and effort to get any home-based business space in order:
- It promotes efficiency… you can locate your items much quicker because you know exactly where everything is when you need it, which saves you time. Once organized, it may take a moment to think about where you put it but once you keep putting something back in the same place, it will become a habit!
- It increases productivity… an organized workspace helps you accomplish more throughout your workday. When a system of order is in place, you are more driven and focused on the success of your business; NOT on the added stress of a cluttered space.
- It saves you profits… Organization = Great inventory management! You avoid product loss due to expiration, misplacement, or damage.
- It creates an atmosphere which leads to business success!.. when you’ve create an environment which stimulates our brain, you think and feel better which translates into your work. The passion for your business is reignited! It also inspires you to want to become organized in other areas of your life. Imagine that!!!
Helping people get organized is part of the butterfly effect of my vision – to bring a smile to the face of those who are struggling. When people think of someone struggling, they think of major things like chronic illness, the loss of someone, addiction, etc. BUT the struggle could be the desire to grow your business. I’m in the business of helping people.
I LOVE working with home based business owners. Let me help you transform spaces which are a “hot mess” to what seems like a completely different room. Every time you enter your office space, you’ll instantly become charged about your business day. I can share with you how I got organized and STAY organized (90% of the time). But it is your BUSINESS (or your home)! We need to make it work for YOU.
I want you to feel excited and inspired every day when you enter your work space. It shouldn’t bring feelings of stress or a “business-as-usual” mentality. As a home-based business owner, you have the power to change your work environment into something to fuel your success. It starts by getting organized – office supplies, product inventory, packaging/shipping supplies, photo/video equipment… EVERYTHING needed to run our businesses from home, in a neat and orderly system which fits your unique, individual needs…wheeew! As a home-based business owner, you can create a positive, inspiring environment to keep you pumped about fulfilling your goals – no matter how big or small the space may be.
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!