Talk About Full

Full Definition-1. Filled to capacity  – holding as much or as many as possible (Encarta Dictionary)


I’m feeling generous today. I am about to share with you a lesson, that if embraced, could put me out of business. Here goes: React to “Full.”

 This super-secret systems-maintenance mantra can lead you to a life of organization only dreamed of through the pages of Real Simple magazine.

Here’s how it works:

1. Define “Full”- Create a limit to what a container is to hold. A wastebasket is full when items reach the top. A dresser drawer is full at 2/3 of the way to the top. The closet is  full when hangers are 1/2″ apart. (Create your own definitions, then stick to them.)

2. Acknowledge “Full”- Exercise mindfulnessWhen adding an item to a defined space, take notice. Will it overflow, cause stress, or create additional work? Will you annoy anyone?

3. React to “Full” (worth repeating)- commit to this rule and take the needed action to preserve your system. Empty, as needed, or go to the one-in-one-out rule… new item in, old one out.

Follow these simple rules to maintain control of your stuff and you will free up time and energy to live a Full life. Isn’t that your goal?

(This systems works for schedules too!)