Work Life Organization

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Sarah's Update


SWE Leadership Coaching

Whew, lots of travel this month for the Society of Women Engineers. It's incredible to be surrounded by such amazing intelligent women as I presented several leadership modules to them. In Austin at the beginning of the month, I worked with the SWE Region C Members to understand their leadership styles and ways to increase their section membership. In Atlanta this past weekend, I lead the SWE Region D Members through their section's Strategic and Tactical Plans. The SWE Region D members also enjoyed a bonus Work Life Organization Personal Time Management session at lunch, where I shared my top five personal time management tips.

On top of all that SWE travel, I went to Atlanta for a financial seminar and to Hillsborough, NC to help a friend move. Fortunately one of my own personal strategic mission statements is to "Help clients and loved ones to simplify their lives from the inside out." Needless to say I have been really enjoying the chance to share all my favorite organization tips with so many wonderful people!

Do you know of a professional organization that is looking for an engaging and dynamic speaker? I have workshops that cover a wide range of topics from Time Management to Taming the Paper Tiger at Work. Have them contact me at: to schedule their own Simple Life Workshop!

Organization Tips

Letting Go of Clutter

Office Clutter

A few months back I asked for suggested newsletter topics that would make the biggest difference in your lives. I am happy to share this month's topic and want to thank Sandra and Alexis for the inspiration.

One of the common factors I handle with clients and loved ones alike is too much stuff. It's like we've all gone to a buffet and piled up our plates and now we can't move because we are literally "stuffed" to the gills.

If you have more than enough stuff and aren't even sure how it got there, I hope this month's article will help.

Clutter's Dirty Little Secret

  • Clutter doesn't happen over night, it happens each and every day.
  • We are conditioned to say yes to things, but not to let them go.
  • Believe it or not, you are so much more incredible than your clutter!

Who's Stuff is this Anyway?

  • Not your clutter? Blaming the other person won't help.
  • Start with your own stuff because you can only control yourself.
  • Set firm boundaries on common areas and safety, especially if you have small children.
  • Make the other person responsible for their personal designated space.

Common Reasons We Can't Let Go

  • It Might Be Useful - Some Day. If that day hasn't happened in the past year, let it go.
  • An Emotional Reminder - pick one special item to remind you of a loved one, not a basement full.
  • I paid good money for this - yes and you pay even more good money every month to store something you're not even using.

Change your Perspective on Storage

  • Let stores be your warehouse. They call them "stores" for a reason.
  • Look at your house as a river not a bathtub so that stuff flows through not overflows.
  • One In/One Out Rule - New sweater? Great! Let go of the one the moths are eating.
  • Give your space breathing room. You would be disgusted at the amount of dust/allergens that accumulate on stuff.

The Benefits of Having Enough

  • You can actually take care of what you have and be proud of your space.
  • You won't waste time looking for things because everything has a place.
  • Letting go of stuff makes room for new memories and people in your life.

Final Thoughts

  • It's amazing that when you let go, you actually are more satisfied with what you have left.
  • Find an alternative to Retail Therapy. We have more important things to do and people to share our time with.
  • Remember, you are an amazing person and it's ok to be yourself and not your clutter!

I speak from experience that the best way to achieve abundance in your life is to let go of what is weighing you down. We have more than enough, so go out and find out what's enough for you and your loved ones!

About Sarah

Sarah Kirkish

Sarah Kirkish is a Certified Life Coach and Professional Organizer with over 18 years of corporate project management experience. She understands the needs of both business and technical professionals with her background in engineering and business. Sarah brings a straightforward approach to hold her clients accountable, keep them focused and guide them to measurable success towards their personal goals.

I conduct organizational coaching by phone or in person. My goal is to help busy professionals simplify their lives from the inside out. The solution is usually somewhere in between, let's find it together!
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