Four Principles of Clutter Control

You need to get rid of clutter before clutter takes control of you—your career, your job, and your job search. Clutter will take over if you let it. Your life will go a lot smoother when you practice the four principles of clutter control:

Either throw it out, give it away, sell it, or keep it in it’s own place.

When you haven’t used an item from six months to a year, throw it out, give it away, or sell the darn thing. However, if an item is part of your life and you use it a lot, then have a certain place for it. Nobody needs to remind you about the old saying, “a place for everything and everything in its place.”

Your work suffers when your desk, office, or cubicle gets messy. And so does your job search, home life, and career. To manage any kind of project or activity you have to organize. And the first step in how to control clutter is to get rid of stuff that’s junking -up your workspace by using the four principles of clutter control.

If you’re a job candidate, you’ll find lots of tips about how to organize your job hunt in chapter three of my book,  “Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach.” Click here to order. 


Copyright ©2016 by Ransom (Randy) Place

About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.