Open phones, Contact Us email and more: Lee shared her Advice for the Entrepreneur tip #184.
John and I are experiencing an emergency kitchen/dining/office supply cabinet remodel that required emptying each and every cabinet we have. It was jaw dropping — and an epiphany. From radio cables to telephone cords to 25 decks of cards to more than 200 sheets of music, our life unfolded before us and is now spread all over the dining room floor.
We are taking pictures to post in Diva Dawn’s Camp Clutter B Gone for added support, but here’s the tip. Pretend you are having an emergency remodel in any room in your home. Empty EVERYTHING from your cabinets and drawers onto a landing place, such as a long table. Categorize it all; then throw away, donate, sell on eBay and otherwise get rid of your unneeded belongings. You’ll breathe better for it.
Summer camp for eBay sellers! Our guest is Diva Dawn Ralston, founder and owner of Declutter with Diva Dawn, Top Rated Seller divadawnlv, and director and head counselor at Camp Clutter B Gone.
Held over from the previous segment, Bev, Chicago IL (samican2), called in with a seller tip about not deforming USPS Flat Rate boxes. Lee explained her “10-Item Hold ‘Em” method for decluttering. Patty, Miami FL (theshoppingmom2), shared 2 ways to check for duplicate listings, including a handy online tool (http://www.isdntek.com/ebaytools/duplicatelistings.htm).
Patty, Long Beach CA (whoohoodepot), recounted her Customer Service experience with regard to returns of items listed through Giving Works. Griff gave a shout-out to thisandthatdepot.
Lee read current events from the eBay Radio Seller Events Calendar, located under Seller Resources in the eBay Radio archives. To submit your sellers group meetup or other event, click on “Submit a Seller Event” in the upper right-hand corner of any archives page.
Here is another way to get rid of clutter without anxiety. It’s the “10-Item Put-Away” system. Let’s say you have a messy, cluttered office or bedroom, garage, etc. Every time you walk into that space, pick up 10 items, then immediately put them away in their own special place. Only touch each item once; hold them in your arms until you have put all 10 away. If you don’t have a space for an item, consider selling it on eBay or finding it a special place. That’s it. When we look at the job as a whole, it’s overwhelming. So remember: 10 items; only hold them once; and put them all away immediately. Your room will be cleared in no time.
Yet another method for clearing away procrastination droppings: the 15-second “do it now” challenge. Sit in your work area (or other area of messiness). You have 15 seconds to pick out a project you have been putting off. It could be as simple as a document that needs to be filed, or a 2-hour bookkeeping session. Then either do it today — and completely finish it — or schedule a date and time to do it on your calendar. Doing it today is preferable, but that’s not always possible. This is just one of many organizational tools I use to keep my workload under control. I’m bordering on OCD when it comes to clutter, but I’m still a procrastinator (not a good combination). Try it. It works!
Tip #95: Funny how a clean workspace can help you grow your business.You’ve heard all the experts; now hop to it. Here are 5 reasons to clean up your cluttered office: Clutter promotes fatigue. 2. Clutter promotes a feeling that you are not in control. 3. Clutter can hurt your health with allergies, dust and such. 4. Clutter can hurt your bottom line by contributing to numbers 1, 2 and 3 above. Try it!
When was the last time you really cleaned up your office? Not the day-to-day tidying, but a genuine go-through-and-toss-defunct-paperwork, file-that-stack-you’ve-been-putting-off, clear-off-the-desktop cleaning? Before the lazy days of summer set in, shake up your office with a good spring cleaning! While you’re at it, take a look at your store: Do you have the new store design in place yet? If not, are you ready to make the changeover? It’s time! Does stale inventory need its listings freshened up or to be liquidated? Spring cleaning is an excellent habit to form. Once you get started, the results are so rewarding — both physically and psychologically — it’s easy to keep going. Your business and your psyche will benefit.