Organizing, why you will never finish:
Organizing is a ongoing process that requires maintenance. Don’t be disillusioned please. Getting and staying organized is like eating healthy, daily flossing and working out. Would you ever stop flossing your teeth every day? Look at what organizing and eating healthy or working out have in common:
- All 3 of these are good for you. You always feel better when you do it.
- Conversely, you often feel worse when you don’t!
- Doing each of these will provide you with a sense of well being and accomplishment.
- The most important common factor among these 3 life skills is that having systems makes it much easier to know what to do and to get back on track if you falter.
You need systems:
Organizing systems: have a place for everything so that everything can be returned to its place. Eliminate clutter.
Eating healthy systems: have a shopping list with healthy foods on it to remind you what to buy. Eliminate impulse shopping.
Exercise systems: have a regular day and time in your schedule for working out. Recruit an exercise partner or hire a coach. Eliminate excuses not to work out.
More organizing tips:
Use your calendar as a journal, accountability log, or “done” list. Write down what you accomplished in your calendar to see it every day and for the week. Cross through it each day or check it off. Acknowledge your successes big and small.
Create your “Optimal Habits” ©. You know that it takes 21 days to change or create new habits. “Optimal Habits” © are the ones that are not only good for you, they are the ones that you will stick with because the reward for doing them is greater than the consequences or results of not doing them.
Organize 1 thing a day and use my “1-at-a- time rule“ ©. You may be surprised how much you can accomplish in only 15-30 minutes when you break it down and stick to 1 thing at a time. Examples:
- 1 basket of magazines, newspapers and catalogs.
- Spend 15 minutes decluttering your email inbox.
- Purge or file everything in 1 pile of papers.
- Go through all of your tee shirts and purge, donate, repurpose (they make great rags for cleaning), etc.
You get the idea. The cumulative effect of daily organizing is indisputable, motivating and prevents overwhelm. Remember that there is no wrong place to start. As your Personal and Professional Organizer I recommend that you start with the easiest things to organize. Think about scheduling an organizing phone session with me now!
July 29, 2011A: Assess your needs B: Budget your time C: Choose ASSESS YOUR NEEDS – What organizing task would give you the biggest results? Prioritize. BUDGET YOUR TIME – Professional Organizers recommend that you determine how much time it would take to work on an organizing project, and then double it. CHOOSE – Now choose one project (and only one) to ... Read more
July 29, 2011Choose to do at least one thing each day: Go thru your children’s closets – donate anything in good condition that does not fit anymore; wash anything that is soiled; repair items, as needed. Now, do the same with all of the items in drawers. Shoes – you know the drill! NOTE: Donate shoes in any condition to ... Read more
July 21, 2011Here some ideas for organizing your pantry: TIP: Use clear containers and bins to hold items that are small like spices, fiber bars, or vitamin bottles. That way you can easily see what is inside, and catch spills. TIP: Store items in plastic or glass rather than fabric or metal containers.This will make clean up much easier. TIP: ... Read more
July 20, 2011Here are 4 easy steps: (1) Discard all spoiled and expired items. Keep a shopping list handy so that you can write down those items you want to replace. (2) Remove all items from the pantry, place them on the countertop or table grouping like items together. Take stock of how much of particular items you have ... Read more
July 6, 2011Where and how you store your medical history is a personal decision. Consider access, privacy, and emergency preparedness when you weigh the benefits of relying on a hard copy and or electronic file. Do you have a personal safe or rent a safe deposit box? Does your emergency contact have a current copy? Your personal ... Read more
July 5, 2011Whether it is for you or a loved one it is important to organize your medical history, have it readily accessible, and stored safely. The advantages of this are that over time we cannot rely solely upon memory. An organized medical history may include past and present information about: Medications, vitamins, supplements Dates and results of examinations, ... Read more
June 23, 2011“When I cannot bear outer pressures anymore, I begin to put order in my belongings…As if unable to organize and control my life, I seek to exert this on the world of objects.” Anais Nin, The Diary of Anais Nin. Read more
June 8, 2011Soles 4 Souls You can accomplish a lot by donating your shoes to a very worth cause, Soles 4 Soles. http://www.soles4souls.org/ Check with me or your local Professional Organizer to find out more. Read more
May 30, 2011In most places summer is only two months long. If you’ve waited for summer to address big organizing projects then it’s probably a good idea to pick only 1-2 to work on. Try to break each project up into smaller ones and work on one per week. For instance, maybe you want to organize your ... Read more
May 25, 2011You know all of those photos that are sitting in boxes somewhere in your house or garage? Why not consider making your father an album of favorite memories for Father’s Day? You don’t have to go out and purchase anything except the album. Fill it with photos that span time, or have a theme like ... Read more