An Organized YOU is a BETTER YOU

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

Computer ScreenSomehow this image is what I imagine my computer desktop as well as my life should look like because

An Organized YOU is a BETTER YOU.

It is true you know. Everything should have a folder or a place for it. I understand folders with computer files and places to store papers and nit nacks at the house. I must admit I am having a problem with the flow though. More in, than goes out. The "velocity" of the in stuff from all areas of my life keeps increasing.

And people wonder why I have second thoughts about more inputs like Twitter and Facebook.

Decluttering all areas of our lives as any Feng Shui expert would say, HAS to increase our energy. Then again, there is that thought that an immaculate desk is the sign of a sick mind. Surely we can strike some balance in our lives of "reasonably neat." Cleanliness is next to Godliness? God must not be happy with me lately.

Do you struggle with the decluttering of your world too? Surely I am not the only one in this frenetic world we live in nowadays. But look at that landscape. Peaceful. Serene. Makes decluttering almost worthwhile.


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Kacey Thorps
Silver Creek Realty - Santa Clarita, CA

That is the right way to do it Im glad you found out a way to keep it a bit more organized.

Have a wonderful day,

Kacey Thorps

Jun 05, 2009 10:16 AM #44
Anne Clark
Metro Referrals - Gainesville, VA

Dear Gary,

One word that is brought to mind...decomPILING!!!!  I decompile laundry, mail, the office..I decompile the piles of stuff on my desk.  When I decompile the piles, I make new piles!! LOL!

One of these days I'll finally get organized!

Anne Clark


Jun 05, 2009 01:00 PM #45
Coleen DeGroff
eXp Realty - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL

Hi Gary,

I LOVE this business....I HATE the paperwork!  I am convinced that there is more paper in my office than I put papers breed?


I'm thinking yes.



Jun 05, 2009 01:57 PM #46
Mara Hawks
First Realty Auburn - Auburn, AL
Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL

Oh boy, do I have friends out there?!!! I love information, research, creative ideas, good writing, crafts, recipes, textures, textiles, packaging, marketing, quotes, inspiration, tips, how-tos, cutting edge, cute stuff, innovative stuff, event planning, etc., etc.... sigh....I could really use a professional organizer...I'm drowning!!!!! I'm a bit of a clown on a Kon-Tiki raft in real estate!

Jun 05, 2009 03:18 PM #47
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Chi Award Gary Woltal

Jun 05, 2009 10:37 PM #48
Teral McDowell
Referral Patners LLC - Murphy, TX

My desktop is organizzed but my desk I am in the process of reorganizing and decluttering. I have a tendency to keep too many articles, magazines, etc thinking I might need them. Then one day I decide I have too much clutter and out goes the old so I can enjoy the new. My work habits, I have a sytematic approach otherwise I might forget or overlook a detail. It works for me. Personally, I think organization is great but spontaneity is oh so much more fun. Have a great day!

Jun 06, 2009 03:03 AM #49
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Great comments everyone. I am learning so much about decluttering and the importance of organizing by reading here. Thanks Carole for the Feature in the Feng Shui Group!

Jun 06, 2009 04:13 PM #50
Carol Culkin
Reece & Nichols - Leawood, KS
Overland Park

Gary - the more technology driven this world becomes, the more I feel disorganized. Why is that?

Jun 06, 2009 05:38 PM #51
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

Being organized makes a big difference -- work on something , if not every day, every few days, to stay organized.

Jun 07, 2009 08:08 AM #52
Team Honeycutt
Allen Tate - Concord, NC

This is very true. Having systems in place makes life and business much easier.

Jun 08, 2009 09:22 AM #53
Xinh Truong
Connect Realty.Com, Inc. - San Leandro, CA

A place for everything and everything in its place.

Jun 08, 2009 11:58 AM #54
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


"If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, what's an empty desk?" I work at it, though.

Mike in Tucson

Jun 08, 2009 07:22 PM #55
Liz and Tim Frangioso
Keller Williams Realty - Chicopee, MA

You have inspired me to clean off my desk. I have a rule that everything goes off my desk and I work on one file at a time.  I have been breaking it lately and I think that is why I have been so overwhelm.  I have a testimonial for Feng Shui though. I had my local Feng Shui expert, Josiah Bouricius, redesign my office space and it real makes a big difference in my energy.

Jun 11, 2009 11:23 AM #56
Liz Miller
Keller Williams Arizona Living Realty - Lake Havasu City, AZ
Just Call Liz

Great points, Gary.  Spring cleaning doesn't always have to happen in the spring, right?  A clean desk is a clear mind.

Jun 11, 2009 11:32 AM #57
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

I clearly need to de-clutter all areas of my life.  Baby steps, for me!

Jun 11, 2009 04:44 PM #58
Bettina Settles
Greenwood, IN
Your Indiana Connection

amen to the thought...when my desk is a mess how can I tell my client to declutter their home?

Jun 14, 2009 01:05 PM #59
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Hi Gary, I am one of those decluttering advocates.

If I want business to start coming in I delete all the telephone numbers from my Blackberry that I can't remember who they are or haven't had any dealings with for over a year. Magically the phone rings with new business. Feng shui at work I am sure.


Jun 15, 2009 11:49 AM #60
Stephen Hodge
Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, Brokerage - Cobourg, ON

I have to say, I have a very organized computer, files that are filed and important dates (waivers etc.) programmed in to remind me in a timely fashion to check on the progress of various deals. But, aside from that, my real world desk is often a disaster.

I used to fret and get upset by it - but over time I've come to realize something. If you are busy being successful, decluttering at the expense of client service can actually harm your business. I make certain what has to be put away is put away in it's place and once every week or two I do a mass culling of useless paper and either put it in my box for reuse (the blank side), shred it, or recycle it. But other than those few hours every couple of weeks it's all about the clients - and I think the various studies out of Harvard Business School and other respected sources suggesting that neat and tidy does not in fact indicate greater productivity or success has made me comfortable with my reality. That, and many of the most successful people I've know - particularly entrepreneurs, have been absolute disasters when it comes to full on organized minimalism.

To each his own - just don't let anything get in the way of doing the job properly - but aside from that, to each his own! ;o)

Jun 15, 2009 03:55 PM #61
Brad Officer
Brad Officer Real Estate - RE/MAX Specialists - Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville REALTOR

Systems in place are good to keep organized, as long as their aren't too many systems. 

Jun 16, 2009 11:23 PM #62
Holly Weatherwax
Associate Broker, Momentum Realty - Reston, VA
A Great Real Estate Experience

Organization is critical--it just feel different for everyone! 

Does anyone else ever feel like paper is taking over their lives?  I am a constant shredder, recycler, tosser, but it just keeps on coming!

Jun 17, 2009 08:30 AM #63
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