Words Matter: Organizing Mantras


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Words matter!  When we talk to ourselves and others about organizing, it’s best to keep a positive approach in how we describe our work.  It’s in finding words that convey a positive perspective that we can be the most successful.


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Start and cultivate a feeling for organizing

How can we approach getting started on organizing? Would you have to be in the mood to start? Would you tell yourself I am ready to get started? Sometimes we have to just start and then we feel more in the mood for organizing.  Your organizing mantra can be “put your big girl panties on and get started” or “I envision the serenity of my space.”  Get started to get your groove and feel the organizing love.


Tack on one more habit to an existing habit

Research shows that it takes 66 days to create a habit.  We can be discouraged when habits don’t happen right away.  The positive spin on new habits is to “hook” a new habit on an existing habit.  Think of habits you already have as routines and start there.


Who can help me?

Asking for help can be hard. But it’s a lot more fun and much easier when you work with a partner to get stuff done.  Look for a partner in someone who has different strengths from you.  It’s not that you are any less skilled, strong or resourceful. It’s picking a partner who you work well with together.


Is this good for me?

Letting go of stuff can be hard.  Smart strategies for decluttering include asking yourself if your stuff is still good for you.  Is your stuff still helping you do your best? Is it still valuable and functional for you?  Good stuff is everywhere in our homes and offices.  It’s just not still good for you.


What works?

Something works for everyone! Dig deep if you need to but find what works and capitalize on it.  You might be surprised at what is really working.

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Choose your words with care. Create mantras that feel positive, uplifting and fun.


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8 replies
  1. Seana Turner
    Seana Turner says:

    I so agree! I’m talking to a Mom’s group today and discussing how the attitude they put forward about organizing and putting things away will “rub off” on their kids. If they groan and complain about their messes and how disorganized they are, children will internalize a negative message, instead of a positive message of how restoring order is a gift we give ourselves.

  2. Ellen Delap
    Ellen Delap says:

    Thanks for sharing your ideas on words.

    @Janet ~ As a web designer, I am sure you see this repeatedly. It’s truly about a mindset as well that comes from what we say.

    @Seana – Parents are our best model of how to be organized. Our clients share that they often had poor models. Our words reflect our inner selves and putting that in a positive light makes all the difference.

  3. Ellen Delap
    Ellen Delap says:

    Thanks Sabrina! I am thrilled you are already using this strategy and also that you are empowering those around you too. It can be life changing for those around us who are not.

  4. Linda Samuels
    Linda Samuels says:

    There’s no question that words and self-talk DO matter. When I’m working with a client I listen for the words they use (the good and not-so-good ones.) They’re clues and opportunities for insight and change. Sometimes we’re so used to saying something, that we don’t even question whether it’s true. Changing the story (the words) can make a huge difference in perspective, attitude, and progress.

  5. Ellen
    Ellen says:

    I love listening to my clients and reflecting back their words. It’s truly different to “hear” for them. It’s the first step in making change. Thanks Linda!

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