Getting started IS the hardest part of getting organized. Moving from the idea that you want to make a change in your life, in your home or office, to actually doing it. This is where most people get stuck — at the idea stage. Instead of doing something about it, their clutter begins to nag them, calling from the corners of every room.
Before you start ripping over the closet doors and tossing things onto the bed, take a moment to ruminate over this part of the process. Stop and think about WHY you want to get organized. The answer isn’t that you want a clean closet or a great looking entry way. The answer lies a bit deeper.
- Do you want to get out of the house in the morning in less time?
- Do you want to have more time to cook dinner?
- Do you want to stop feeling frustrated every time you get dressed?
Those are the REAL reasons you want to get organized. Take a moment and walk around your home and think about the why for each space.
Getting organized means lots of things to different people. For some people, it means purging. For others, it means just finding places for what you already own. Determine what it means to you before you even think about getting started. Next, erase all of the pictures in your mind about products you’ve seen in catalogs or homes you see in magazines. Just think about YOUR home and what will work for you.
Goal setting is a great way to make sure something happens; however, I prefer setting an intention. Intentions are a way of changing your thinking. When you change your thinking you change your habits. A change of habits eventually leads to a change in life.
Think about how you go about your days and at what points during your day you are creating clutter, failing to put things away or making choices that are leading to organizational challenges. Once you know where you are going awry, you will know when you need to be more present.