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Businesses have clutter too!

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While we often think of “clutter” as a term that applies only to personal homes and offices, it also applies to entire organizations, resulting in decreased teamwork, unnecessary liability, poor customer service, increased risk, and lost profit.  One of the biggest reasons is that employees feel guilty spending time clearing out clutter instead of working.  A non-profit organization with 24 employees hosted a “Productive Environment Party” for their employees.  The result:   3 1/2 tons of paper shredded in 6 hours!  During the process someone wrote on the conference room white board:  “Its great to be given permission to throw this out!  Time to declutter — I didn’t even know I had this!” I Didn't Know I Had This!

Clutter comes in many places…

When I picked up my car at the rental company I was given a key — I should say “keys” because there were two keys locked together on a cable.  This totally baffles me for several reasons:

  • If I lose one key, I lose them both.
  • I can’t share a key with a second driver.
  • I have a huge bulge in my pocket or handbag.
  • If I lose this, the car rental has to replace two keys!

Since I define “clutter” as something that prevents you from accomplishing your work or enjoying your life, this system definitely qualifies!