Stephanie Swan, of “Ducks in A Row,” gave apresentation last Wednesday. Her company started in 2000 in orderto help people organize their lives and their homes. Thepresentation was given to help students, faculty and staff findbetter ways of organizing their lives.
We all know people who are naturally organized and can’tstand anything out of order. On the other hand, we’veprobably all seen someone who could use a little help in theorganization department. No matter what part of the scaleyou’re on, when it comes to getting organized, Stephanie Swanhas ideas for you.
Swan claimed many people who deal with too much clutter in theirlives have “someday-itis.” This is when people hang onto things they don’t need simply because they hold the beliefthat it may one day be needed. She says we need to get rid of thisbelief and ask ourselves questions instead. Do I need it? Do I useit? Do I have a place for it?
If your answer is no to any of these questions then you shouldprobably part with the object. Swan also claims one of the reasonsfor so much clutter in our lives is that we live in a society ofstuff. We seem to think we need everything even if we reallydon’t.
With the busy lives of college students, we could all use alittle help organizing our lives. Swan recommends a couple of booksfor those who are interested in learning to become more organized.Clutter’s Last Stand by Don Aslett and Clear Your Clutterwith Feng Shui by Karen Kingston are two helpful books to get theorganization party underway.