Some times the hardest part of getting organized is getting started. Having a compelling motivation makes all the difference!
- Start with the end in mind. Start with a beautiful picture of what you want your space to look like. Have a visual in mind of what your end results to look like. Cut pictures out of magazines, search websites or blogs, or go to online organizing stores to see a picture perfect result.
- Ready, set, go! Set a kitchen timer for 15 minutes. We can all do something for just 15 minutes. Once you are started, you are likely to get in the groove and work longer on your organizing.
- Baby steps, please. Start with something small. Remember, how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time! Knowing that you can accomplish your organizing in baby steps makes a difference.
- Plan a party. Inviting company into your home to celebrate makes you want to get your homes organized. It is scary but you can do it!
- Partner up! Include a clutter buddy in your organizing plans. Having a trusted partner who works along side you or just sits while you work helps get you started on organizing.
- Walk the walk, talk the talk. Be a role model for your family. Our children look to us to show them how to organize and why it is important to be organized. It’s pressure, but it works.
- What’s holding you back? Acknowledge obstacles to organizing. Once we clear our minds of what might hold us back, you are ready to push forward on organizing.
- Acknowledge your successes in organizing. Often we look at what is not done. Rather, give yourself a pat on the back, and a reward, for what you have accomplished.
- Use your anxiety to push you forward. Chaos causes stress! Set a boundary on your disorganization and get started knowing you will have peace of mind once you are organized. It’s that old adage of what’s most frustrating is what’s most motivating.
- Know what’s good enough for now. Our colleague Donna Smallin says “done is perfect.” Put aside perfectionism which can paralyze you. Perfectionists are overwhelmed with how long the task will take and how much energy will be used. Create a simple plan to get your organizing started and completed.
What compelling reason have you used to get started on your organizing?