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Today’s mail is tomorrow’s pile!

I just spoke with a woman who attended a Less Clutter More Life presentation I gave and expressed an interest in learning more about how to create a  “Finding System™” as opposed to a “filing system”  for her home.  When we talked today she said, “I think I’m going to put this off until the end of next year.  We are building a home.  I’m so busy, and there’s really no point in figuring out something for this house when we are moving.”

Last week I spoke with a couple who are planning to open a new medical office in another year.  Both of them admitted to having lots of paper clutter, but said, “Let’s just wait until we move, and then we’ll figure out what we need.”

So here’s my challenge to anyone who is frustrated with too much paper, or an inability to find what they need:IMG_2674  The best time to solve that problem is NOW!  If you will give us four hours of focused time, we will help you implement a Finding SYSTEM (Saving You Space Time Energy Money!) which will STOP the filing problem in your life forever.  As you have time, you can go through old papers to decide what you want to incorporate into the new system.  If you never go back, it won’t matter, because eventually they will become old enough you don’t have to go through them — or you can let you kids, or the next owner of the business, through them away!

Craving Connection

IMG_5226Our church is embarking on a capital campaign to build an addition to our facilities.  The consultant we hired to help us shared a survey concluding that one out of three people have no one in whom they can confide.  She then made an interesting statement:  “People used to go to church to find God.  Today they go to church to find community.”

On a recent flight from Raleigh to Tampa. I couldn’t help overhearing a conversation between my two seat mates: one, a stay-at-home mom for nearly 20 years, and the other, a seasoned male executive. She asked him a question about where he was going. What followed was a nearly two-hour conversation.  She said only a few words.

He shared in great detail stories about his business and financial successes, sprinkled with references to the numerous physical possessions and world travels he had provided for his family.  He also shared his sadness about several family members who were in various states of dysfunction. I couldn’t help wondering if he had ever shared those stories with anyone else, or if all those possessions resulted in physical — and perhaps emotional — clutter that prevented a true connection with the people he loved.