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Sydnie B. is one of my awesome clients. During our organizing session I taught her the Timer Technique which she has implemented in her daily routine and is seeing results. Below is her feedback from our session:
Just wanted to give you an update of the help you provided me. I’ve implemented your 20 minute rule…..with minor adjustments. Set it for 25, with a 5 minutes warning. Love it! My livingroom and dining area look awesomely clean, my back room and office are better, but still a work in progress.
Sydnie B. North Las Vegas, NV
How does the Timer Technique work?
I generally teach it to clients as an easy technique to begin the decluttering process, getting control of paperwork and tackling large projects. It’s like eating that elephant one bite at a time!
I encourage clients to set a timer of any increment up to 20 minutes. (5, 10, 15, or 20) Then create three piles: KEEP, TRASH/SHRED, DONATE/SELL. (Depending on the project, of course!)
Straight to work they go, quickly picking up one item at a time and making a quick decision on which pile it belongs in. When the timer DINGS! They stop, find or create a home for the keep items and get rid of the other piles.
The reason I teach not to go beyond 20 minutes is because the longer you go the more likely you are to get distracted. One piece of mail will remind you to put it on your desk, and on your way to your desk you notice the dog needs to be fed, and once your scooping the food you remember you need to take chicken out of the freezer for dinner and then the phone rings and once you hang up you ask yourself, “What was I doing?”‘
The Timer Technique requires you to focus on the task on hand and once you’ve completed your session you move on!
Here is how I use it in my daily routine to keep clutter under control:
First you’ll need just a few things:
- A basket or bin about the size of a laundry basket.