Organize your home once and for all with this 3 step plan. Keep it simple, make it sustainable and get organized for success.
Recently, I came across an entry from Ashley Kaltwasser on Facebook that caught my attention. She mentioned that getting more organized was her new year’s resolution for 2015. How could it be that such an amazing person also struggled with organization like so many of us?!? Well, I guess it makes her human.
There are different levels of organization and non-organization. I believe however, that most of the time the issue is rather keeping things organized than organizing them. How many times have you already managed to tide up everything single corner of your house just to see things pilling up the next month? We put on an effort just to see it crumble before our eyes.
What to do then to make our effort last? Or at least keep some ‘damage control’ until we ‘catch up’ with everything?
I do not know about you, but from my side, I have already read countless books and articles about home organization. Yeah! This is my pain point: home. At work (and before at school), I am the freakiest person you can think of in terms of organization. I am guilty of arriving early at the office just to get it all in the right place before kicking off another day. And I simply cannot understand how people ‘dare’ going home leaving used glasses or cups on their desks. Recently, when flexible desks were adopted, I even received a small present for the cleanness. I am business!
At home though, the story is quite the opposite and sincerely, I tend to feel bad about it. Why can’t I be also Mrs. Tidy at home?
Well, I decided that 2015 will be year when I will turn the table of this habit of mine and will get things straight once and for all. Wanna join me? Here is the plan:
How many times did you say that you are not an organized person? The fact that things around you could be placed differently does not define who you ARE. You are not the mess. You are YOU, a person like any other, with strengths and weakness.
We are not perfect and that is OK. We are intelligent, powerful, loving and caring beings who can achieve amazing things whenever we put our hearts into it.
Not every day will be the same because we cannot control the environment around us. If you slip up one day, just catch up the following. No pressure, no stress, no guilt; just do it. One step at a time. One day after the other.
Make It A Habit
Got a letter? Break the instinct of leaving it on the table. Even if it does not feel natural in the beginning, open it and throw the envelope away. Is it something important? File it immediately. Is it a payment? Schedule it right away or make an appointment to go to the bank on your calendar before due date (and place the statement in your bag). Is it spam? Trash it!
The same goes for the groceries, clothes and publications. Your brain might ‘hurt’ at first because you will be forcing it to rewire differently from what it is accustomed to. However, if you keep on going for long enough, it will become part of you just like breathing simply because that is how it works.
Hold Yourself Accountable
On my blog My 2015 Commitments, I mentioned that I joined an organization challenge and that I will be sharing monthly updates concerning my ‘resolutions’. And why is that? For accountability. Whether you ace it or not, keeping an eye on your progress is imperative for evaluation.
Support groups like Weight Watchers base their work on accountability and reward. Maybe blogging or sharing it on social media is not your thing, but make sure you keep track somehow of your expectations and accomplishments. It will not only give you an idea of your improvement but help you reassess things if needed.
Each person is different. Some may be able to rewire after a couple of weeks, while for others it might take several months. Whichever your case may be, just keep it up. This is not a race and no one is chasing or punishing you for anything. Be proud of the decision you made to change things and let’s work towards success!
Summing it up:
You are not your environment. The way your home or work environment looks does not define you.
Make It A Habit
Just do what has to be done even if it ‘hurts’ your brain. After a while, it will become as natural as breathing.
Hold Yourself Accountable
Whether you share it with others or not, make sure you follow up your progress on a regular basis.
What is your favorite tip to organize your home?
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