Keep it together. No, really, keep it together so you can find it.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119

I have been saying for years that I'm going to clean out this or that, and here I am years later, with those areas of my life still cluttered with stuff. Today may have finally given me the incentive I need. I was gathering up tools from our "tool room" when I noticed two boxes under a table saw.

When I pulled them out, one was a brand new chainsaw that has never had fuel in it, and the other was a video course for a hobby that is on hold. I can't even remember when I bought the chain saw, but I do remember buying two in the past few years. The video course was bought in 2016.

Life and business is complicated enough without adding layers of obstacles that get you off course and keep you from accomplishing your highest and best goals. We've always heard people say, "Put things back when you're done with them, and you'll know where they are when you need them." That bit of wisdom is so very true, but easily ignored in a rush.

In business, what is working for you? How's your marketing going? Do you have something that works over and over? Are you using it regularly? Or, have you been lured away to the latest shiny thing? Once you've found a system that works for you, be slow to drop it off to the side while you play with other things. 

When incorporating new and more up-to-date tools and techniques for business, be sure to keep your tried and true tools working. You may find the shiny new things don't work as well. If you sat your old tried and true systems aside, you may lose precious time and benefits they provided you in years gone by.

Finding that chainsaw was annoying. I've spent the money twice for one benefit. I could have spent the money once for the same results. Keep it together, and I mean, really keep it together so you always have the right tools at the right time to produce the right results. There is no sense in paying over and over for the same results. I do envy those who always know where everything is. It's a goal I aspire to one day. We can do the same in business. Those who have systems and tools in place to create a wonderful business can teach us a lot. I wonder if one of them is they know where their tools are everyday?


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MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Oh how many of us have done this same thing...just not with a chainsaw.

Oct 08, 2019 09:50 PM #5
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Mike.

I like buying in bulk, my wife not so much.   A few weeks ago I  came home only to notice she had bought in bulk from a store going out of business.  I bring that up to her when I go shopping now

Oct 09, 2019 01:57 AM #6
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Mike Cooper, GRI when "tried and true" marketing tools don't work as well as they previously did, it's time to make adjustments to them....don't toss them aside.... if they worked once, they will keep working with a new look and some minor adjustments....

Oct 09, 2019 03:48 AM #7
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Mike - I imagine that you are fall from being alone when it comes to situations that are related to your "finds" and with similar stories.  There's something to be said for simplicity.  In all aspects of life.  

Oct 09, 2019 09:29 AM #8
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Mike Cooper, GRI - the point is so important.  Shiny new objects can take us off course.

Oct 09, 2019 10:01 AM #9
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

I'm going to pass this post onto my precious husband. I'M the one who tells him all the time - just go buy a new one, you'll never find what you're looking for in this mess Nice post, my friend.

Oct 09, 2019 10:46 AM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


Oct 13, 2019 04:26 AM #11
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Right now I have no idea where anything is. I'm hoping when I finally get back into our own house that I'll be a little more organized. My business is disorganized as well at the moment. Yikes.

Oct 13, 2019 05:42 AM #12
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I really function best in order. Without it, I start feeling anxious. My husband is much more low-key about it and his tools are often scattered...I guess we make a good team as he's always using me to find things. Lol. 

Oct 13, 2019 07:21 AM #13
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Love this post.  I bought a generator for use during power outages and hurricanes.  I put it in the far right corner of my garage.  That was 8 years ago.  I have in the meanwhile pulled my cars out and brought in my late parents' furniture, blueprints, car seats, etc.  I will never get to that generator.

Oct 13, 2019 07:47 AM #14
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Having moved this year I needed to declutter and frankly it has been a god send. Less stuff to wade through to find what you want. And I think twice before buying stuff. Minimalism does help, and I am slowly culling what I have left as I may be moving again this coming year. What do we really need? That is a good question to ask yourself.

Oct 13, 2019 07:52 AM #15
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I've had a toolbox in my truck since my first year - on orders from my first broker!

To your point, shiny is good, but agreed and agreed, not at the risk of what is and has consistently worked!

I have purged a lot of stuff in the past 3 years since my life forever changed. But some continuity must remain. Like my pink leather dress from 1985! As long as it fits me, it's staying with me forever! Talk about a tool in the box! LOLLL

Oct 13, 2019 08:48 AM #16
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Words I live organized! My husband, on the other hand, not so much. I've tried and tried and he has gotten better, but keeping his stuff together is not something that comes naturally to him.

Oct 13, 2019 08:52 AM #17
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

My Grandmother always said "A place for everything and everything in its place." I'd love to live by that, but I don't have enough places!

I already had too much "stuff," then I inherited a whole lot more. Like Myrl Jeffcoat, I attach sentimental value to too many things, so weeding out is difficult.

I'm getting better - with some small things that I'm tempted to save I think "You'll never find this when you need it, so you'll buy a new one. Toss it!"

Oct 13, 2019 01:44 PM #18
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Ah, yes, Mike, been there done something similar on more than one occasion. I always have good intentions, but clearly that is not enough.


Oct 13, 2019 05:19 PM #19
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

So true!  That is frustrating when that happens.  It must be purging time because that's what I"m doing.  Focusing on emptying my closet and odd jewelry for a charity.  Tis the season!  

Oct 14, 2019 07:55 PM #20
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

It might be easier said than done but well worth the effort nevertheless. All the best!

Oct 16, 2019 08:40 PM #21
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Jan Green Purging can be a real friend and usually is super real for most of my clients in similar ways. :)

Oct 16, 2019 08:42 PM #22
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

OMG, this is hilarious, Mike! I don't know if you remember but, my 3rd bay in my garage was filled to the brim with storage 'stuff' that the movers had put there when I couldn't think where the items should go. They were obviously not 'imperative' items but, they sat there for FOUR YEARS! The rest of my garage collected the 'normal' stuff and finally, I paid someone to help. 

They sorted through everything, threw away, donated and organized the good stuff. My cabinets didn't need to be labeled - each one holds like items. It is THE best money I've ever spent. All of the cabinets are as neat as they were when they did it. I can't tell you the angst the mess in my garage would cause me each time I drove into it either. It's a whole new feeling of pride when I drive in now!

It might be a nice 'gift' for Buffy too! LOL

Oct 16, 2019 08:43 PM #23
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Keeping it together has kept me together in hard times and even in good times! :)

Oct 16, 2019 08:53 PM #24
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