How to Right-Size

Ruthless * Generous * Audacious * Intentional *

How to “Right-Size” to Calm Your Chaos

In a recent interview with a new client, I was asked what could decluttering be done instead of hiring a 
professional organizer. The words on my bookmark spell it out exactly from my perspective; may
sound tough but let’s get serious and get the work done. This may sound tough but it takes toughness
to tackle the piles.

Think of putting on a white painter’s outfit and put these four words on the two arms and two legs,
then take serious action!! You will need to use these words to motivate and inspire yourself to be
steadfast in your effort to have less chaos in your home and possibly your car.

BE . . .


Without pity or compassion along with being almost merciless tackle and tame the chaos that has over
time accumulated. Be unrelentless and unforgiving in letting go of all the stuff. You could almost say, be
vicious or brutal or cold-blooded with the piles of junk or stuff if that suits your sensitivities better. You
could even be merciless with the cr*p that has piled up that stresses you out by just being in the room.


Being generous is showing a readiness to give more of the stuff, junk or items than is expected. Could
say “She was generous with her unused Christmas decorations or the dishes or clothes (that no longer

Allow yourself to be lavish in your giving away or letting go of stuff. Do so in free-handedly and
unselfishly or in a magnanimous way. Be openhanded, and bounteous in letting go.

To not be generous is to be mean and unselfish according to the Google dictionary.


Think of you showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks in reducing chaos. In this case, taking
the bold risk of letting go of items not needed or used to make room for space and calm to enter your
life, including your home, family and business.

Show an impudent lack of respect for so much stuff not being used or needed. Be courageous in tackling
the piles that have accumulated in a room, on the bed, in the garage or the bathroom.


Think of being deliberate and fully conscious or mindful of what is being kept in your home. Is each item
needed often and used? Be full of purpose in what is being kept and stored in the home. Versus what
could be let go of to sell or donate. Keeping something that you might one day need that leads to an
overabundance of stuff accumulating. Then you get to the point where the item cannot be found, or it is
outdated by the time it is being searched for.

To sum it up, to right-size is to edit or reduce the contents of every drawer, closet, and cabinet down
and every surface area to the items used regularly along with those needed items. Think Need~Use all
the time and collect the items to be donated in a container (bag or box) to be delivered frequently to a
thrift store with a mission that aligns with your heart. That makes giving even more meaningful by
supporting the mission of the thrift store. When sold the item(s) that you gave provides financial
resources to support thrift store’s mission.

Finally, arrange kept needed and used items with ‘likes’ going together; all the cereals
together, all the snacks together, all the mugs together, all the dressy clothes together, all the athletic
clothes together, all the casual blouses together. The same goes for keeping the cleaning products
together, all the pots and pans, all the small appliances.

Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson

Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson

Elisa Hawkinson
Professional Organizer | Author Calming Your Chaos | Leader of the Smooth Organizer Community


Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson



Since 2000 Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson, author of Calming Your Chaos, has been teaching and training businesses and individuals to support anyone who is not naturally organized on a consistent basis to be just that. Her HOW2GetOrganized seminars, workshops, and speaking along with hands-on coaching and coaching by phone has evolved from her natural genetic bent for order. Efficiency, calm, productivity and profitability are increased with the help of HOW2 and Elisa.



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