Just Clean Up One Area

Mar 25, 2013 by

Like many others you may have resolved to be a little more organized this year.  Part of many new years resolutions is the notion to clean up the mess and be more organized.  The problem with this resolution is that its too vague.  Be honest, if you’ve made that resolution this past January first, have you done anything about it yet?  Are you organized?  Are you on your way to being more organized?

Big lofty goals like this one are nice, but they are too big and lofty and can easily be forgotten as you don’t do any meaningful action to work towards them.  If you’ve read any of this site, you know we are all about the meaningful action so today we take some.

Your Truly Simple Action for this week is to clean up just one area in your house.

Pick an area.  Any area.

Clean out that junk drawer.  Organize your closet.  Get rid of some junk you don’t need and make some money doing it.

Just pick one area that is cluttered and aim to tackle that area this week.  Start small.  Don’t aim to clean out the whole house because you will never do it.  Just pick one small area and get it done.  This will not only feel awesome, but set the path toward your goal of being organized.

It’s a good idea to pick an area that you see often.  This is good for two reasons.  First you no longer have to look at that cluttered area once you’ve cleaned it up.  All those nagging reminders of, “oh yeah, I need to clean that up”, will be replaced with awesome feelings of accomplishment.   Second, those positive feelings of seeing that cleaned area combined with the great feeling of accomplishment for getting it done with lead toward more opportunities to clean and get organized.

So that is it.  So simple.  Just clean one area.  Its not hard.  You have time.

Write down on a sticky note right now the area that is popping into your head to clean.  Put that note somewhere you’ll see it.  Schedule a day in your calendar to clean that area.  Do it tonight.  Just get it done and let those positive ripple effects start to happen.


Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing. Previous TSA’s:


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Cleaning out my island

Dec 29, 2010 by

Time to clean out my island.

No, thats not my island.


Here is my island.  isn’t it pretty?

A few times lately I’ve been cooking and looking for some tool or utensil and I know have 7 of them, but can’t find a single one.  My drawers are overflowing with kitchen stuff and I don’t know why I might ever need 12 scrapers, or 8 wooden spoons all at once.

So I set out to clean out my kitchen island drawers and get rid of some items that I have way too many of and never use


Here is the mess


This is the worst drawer.  An abyss of utensils and implements of destruction


This one is also bad, but slightly better with the silverware being somewhat organized, even if my knives don’t fit in the tray


And here it all is.  Everything that was in my drawers taken out.

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Cleaning out the closet

Jul 20, 2010 by

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I recently finished up a remodel of my office.  It wasn’t a big huge project compared to other remodeling projects, but it gave me a good excuse to clean out the office closet which had become a catchall for a lot of stuff.

Now that the room is (almost) done, the closet is clean, organized, and I was able to donate, give away, or sell so much stuff.   My office is clean and organized and its an amazing feeling.  Here’s how I did it.

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