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Find a spot in your home or office and organize it. Now make it your life’s mission to keep that one small spot clean and organized at all times. Don’t worry about anywhere else, just that one spot. You know what happens? You gain confidence and feel successful and that makes you want to organize another area. Remember our last tip: small steps equal large gains. Don’t feel you have to keep an entire area organized> too much pressure. Just work on that one spot until you have the skills, the time and the success. Then move to another spot when you know you can maintain. And as your organizing remember the other tips—having a home, creating the habit, set limits, contain items, etc. You can do it I know you can, just focus on that one small spot~
“Today I am going to organized the garage”- what a huge undertaking that will be! Rather than looking at the entire area or project as a whole, break it up into smaller sections. Time yourself for 30 minutes– when you are done: stop. Or pick just one drawer or one box to go through– then stop. Many of us feel if we don’t complete the entire project we have failed> set yourself up for success by scheduling time each day/week to do part of the project. As you complete the sections you will feel success and want to keep going. There is no organizing rule that says you have to do everything in one day. Smaller, more manageable sections will be easier to commit to and easier to finish.
What small area will you work on today?
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Many of you have seen the shows about Hoarding and thought you are not that bad. But trust me, if you continue to bring items into your home/office and don’t take anything out…. soon you will have a gigantic mess. BEFORE you purchase items– set limits for how many you will keep in your space. Stick to these limits. This includes paper– when you put something in the file, take the old one out. Remember you want on the most current, most used, most loved items in your space. Setting limits will help you and others in your space to know the rules. Try getting rid of an item each time you bring a new one in > 1 in 1 out.
Now that you have a home established for everything the next step is to actually put the items away in their homes. Don’t wait for later or “when you have time” clean up as you go. It is much easier to do a small amount as you go than to wait for a large clean up later on. If you create the habit of putting things away where they belong, finding them when you need them becomes much easier!
1) Only touch paper once (that is truly impossible)
2) If I buy a container I will magically be organized (you have to do the work)
3) Once I create a system it will last forever (it may need updating or tweaking along the way)
4) I don’t have the organizing ‘gene’ so I can’t be organized (it may take you longer and require more patience but you can do it)
5) Organization is boring and doesn’t allow for creativity (organizing can be fun, colorful and allow for creativity in your space)
Take the 1/2 day challenge:
Reconnect with the world and the people around you by turning off your email, phone, computer, gaming system for 5 straight hours. See what you can get accomplished or who you can reconnect with!
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Where do you keep your gift cards? Can you even find them? Are they expired? Today I challenge you to locate all of the gift cards and gift certificates you have. Find out if they are still valid. Then find a HOME for them, one place you know they will always be and that you can find when you need them. I recommend putting them in your wallet or car, as that is where you will most likely be using them. Then treat yourself to something fun with one of your cards.
People who market products are very smart people! They get us at the ‘gut’ level where it is hard to say “no”. Beware of sales. Don’t be tempted to buy 2 of something because they are 1/2 off. Also be careful of buying in bulk just because the price seems right. Clutter is most often times caused by too many items.
Before buying ANYTHING be sure to ask yourself if you need it, have another one similar, can really afford the item, have space for the item. It is often a good idea to walk away and make the decision a few minutes later.
Practice delayed gratification and thinking ahead.