a messy garage or taming piles of paperwork is generally the last thing you
want to do when Friday finally rolls around. We get it. Hanging with friends or
hitting the park with family is infinitely more appealing than decluttering and
cleaning. So consider toughing through your chores with a buddy. Teaming up
with a helpful ally keeps you honest, makes the work go faster and adds a
little fun to the equation.
Why a Buddy?
of the buddy system as positive peer pressure. When you team up with a friend,
spouse or other family members, you make your goals public and build-in
accountability. Blowing off the project is a lot harder when you've asked a
friend to arrive early on a Saturday to help pitch in. Also, a buddy can often
view your items in an unbiased fashion, helping you decide if something is
worth keeping or has to go.
Make it Fun
creative in working with a buddy. If paperwork is the problem, schedule a
monthly wine and cheese session with two to three friends and deal with
paperwork, filing and bill-paying while you catch-up. Even monotonous paperwork
shredding will go faster when it's a group effort.
a messy garage? Partner with a group of neighbors to get it done. Blast some
tunes, pitch in for a dumpster, schedule a joint charity pick-up of donation
items and celebrate the newly cleaned garages with a neighborhood BBQ.
Make it Mutual
sure your buddy system is mutually advantageous by working on projects where
everybody wins. If your friend is lending a critical eye as you weed clothing
out of a messy closet, do the same for her. Then cap off your day with a
joint-trip to the Container Store for baskets, bins and closet accessories. Ta
da!: two closet makeovers are better than one!
your clutter buddy doesn't have a project of their own, figure out an
appropriate reward for their help. If you're enlisting a teen to help clean the
garage, treat her to a movie night with friends. Is your spouse pitching in to
help sort and organize your craft supplies? Offer to watch the kids while he
takes a buddy to a baseball game.
Diving into decluttering
projects is not always appealing; working with a buddy might just provide the incentive
you need to get going.
Beyond FoldersTM is written by a team of Pendaflex associates
passionate about time management, communications, productivity and workplace organization. Believing in "continuous improvement" on both a personal and professional level, they share their unique perspectives on subjects of common interest to our readers.