Ever wish you could wave a magic wand and make the clutter and disorganization in your life go away? As you’ve probably figured out by now, wishful thinking isn’t going to turn your dream into reality. Here are some other things you may be telling yourself that are keeping you from achieving the simplicity, harmony and freedom of organization you desire:
- “I don’t have time.” We all have the same 24 hours in a day, and how we use that time is up to us. If getting organized is important to you, you’ll make it a priority and find time for it. It doesn’t have to be a huge chunk of time – even spending just 10 minutes a day organizing can move you towards your goal. If you do that for just a month, you’ll be 5 hours closer to being organized. So get off the couch and get going!
- “If I can’t see it, I’ll forget to do it.” Maybe it’s a piece of paper to remind you to make a phone call. Maybe it’s a piece of clothing to remember to take to the cleaner. If you leave out everything you have to do, you’ll end up with a huge pile of stuff that isn’t prioritized, becomes part of the scenery, and is only as useful as the item on top. Oh wait, you do have just such a pile! Since that method isn’t working for you, how about putting those to-dos on a calendar or master to-do list and putting the items somewhere other than your kitchen counter, table, etc.
- “If I can’t see it, I won’t be able to find it.” Hmm, I’m guessing your dishes, socks, laundry detergent and/or glassware are stored behind doors or in drawers, yet you can easily find them, eh? When things have a place they belong that is consistent and logical, you can find them whether or not they’re in plain view.
- “I don’t have enough space.” I’ve seen plenty of instances where the amount of people’s stuff expands to fill (and overflow) the space they have. Too little space is most likely not the problem – the problem is you have too much stuff. If you pare down what you have, buy only what you need, and get rid of something every time something new comes in, I’ll bet you’ll find your space is quite sufficient.
- “I’m just not an organized person.” Good news! Organization is a skill that can be learned. There are plenty of books, blogs, products, TV shows, websites, and social media sites that can teach you how to get organized. And if none of those are working for you, maybe hiring a professional organizer is the answer. Just as a personal trainer can help you get in physical shape, a professional organizer can uncover your challenges, help you achieve what you haven’t been able to on your own, and provide accountability that will help you stay organized for the long term.
By shifting your mindset and changing your habits, you can indeed turn your dream of being organized into a reality.
Wishing you simplicity, harmony and freedom,