De-cluttering? Discard everything that does not spark joy
Netflix’s high priestess of tidying up, Marie Kondo, might have spent five years as an attendant maiden at a Shinto shrine in her native Japan to perfect her KonMari system of household orderliness, but we can all reap the benefits of a bit of timely de-cluttering!
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” – Lao Tzu
Businesses are not immune from the need to de-clutter. And while it can be hard for people running small businesses to make the time to get themselves and their business organised, the benefits are significant – and they are very achievable. They do, however, require a little initial effort on your behalf.
Unfortunately, there’s no getting around it – very much like that big pile of out-of-date promotional material in the middle of your store cupboard.
“A place for everything, and everything in its place” – Mrs Beeton
De-cluttering is not a new idea. Having a place for everything, and keeping everything in its place, as Isabella Beeton pointed out in her book on household management more than a century ago, is the key to domestic efficiency – and it can work for your business too.
If everything has its place, and everything remains in its place at all times, then you’ll never have to waste time looking for it again – because you’ll always know where it is.
You should also reflect on the impression that clutter and mess leaves on your customers. Appearance is everything.
Do customers enter your place of business, cast an eye around the interior and think ‘this is a neat, tidy and efficient operation that looks like the owner is professional and means business – please take my money’.
Or do they think: ‘if the state of that backroom is anything to go by, their stock rotation isn’t great. And why have they still got their Easter decorations up? Hmm, maybe I should go elsewhere’.
So far, so obvious, right?
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful” – William Morris
We wouldn’t go quite so far as the man behind the famously stylish Arts & Crafts movement but William Morris was talking a great deal of sense.
If you don’t actively have a use for something, if it has no role to play in the success of your business, if it isn’t going to make you money, why keep it hanging around? Especially when it’s taking up valuable space that could be occupied by something that will contribute to your bottom line?
Be ruthless, be uncompromising, be bloodyminded.
Get rid of your clutter and create more space in your life for success.
But don’t just take our word for it.
As Dizzee Rascal once said:
“Fix up, look sharp”.
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