Easy Everyday Organizing Series

Have you always wanted to get organized but couldn’t really set aside time to do it right? I used to teach Organizing Classes many years ago and promised that I would share some of my best ideas and information on my blog. I’m breaking the series into 6 different blog posts so it will be easy to read and not the length of a novel. The series will run over the next few weeks and will be called Easy Everyday Organizing. Be sure to check back often so you don’t miss a post but if you do I will have them all linked at the bottom of this post.

Easy Everyday Organizing Series part 1

Today we’re going to start with a question.

Organizing Question

Everybody’s reasons for wanting to become organized are different. You need to discover your reasons before you will make it a priority in your home and life. So let’s explore. What are your reasons?

*Do you want to spend more time with your family?

*Do you want to save money by knowing what you already have?

*Do you want to have more space in your home?

*Do you want time for other activities and hobbies?

*Do you want less stress in your day?

*Do you want to be more productive?

Once you know your reason or reasons for wanting to be organized it’s easy to devise an organizing vision which will hopefully help you stay motivated. For instance if your reason is to spend more time with your family your statement could sound something like: Being organized allows me to spend guilt free time with my family doing activities we enjoy because I know my home is in order.

Sounds pretty simple, right? Getting there can be a little bit of a process. Don’t get discouraged! It took you time to get to a disorganized state and it’s going to take a bit of time to get to the level of organization you want. Good news though! Once you get there maintenance is rather simple.

In this series we’re going to talk about how you can incorporate organization into your personal lifestyle, how it can become part of your daily life, and how you don’t have to forfeit your decorating style for organization.

I’m often asked what room you should start with. My answer is always to start with the room where you feel the most stressed. If you cringe every time you walk in the family room then that’s where you should start. Once you get that space to where you feel comfortable and relaxed you’ll have the motivation you need to continue throughout the rest of your home. Plus if you need to take an organizing break you’ll have at least one room organized and it won’t cause you stress anymore.

Your Homework: Discover your reason or reasons for wanting to become organized and write a statement to keep you motivated.

The next post in the series will be: Decluttering

Here are links to the rest of the series. Feel free to pin every post in the series to reference back to. (once the posts are live they will be highlighted)

Decluttering
Space Assessment
Filling the Space
Re-Assessment of Your Space
Maintaining Your Organized Space

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  • Nancy Rector February 11, 2015, 6:18 am

    Excellent post. The fact is our environment effects us, that’s been proven. My mind literately feels “cluttered” when my environment is a mess. I keep things neat because I feel so much better and function so much better when I do. Your key points are spot on!

    Nancy Ü

  • Jeremy Southard February 11, 2015, 7:02 am

    I’ve been trying to answer these same questions lately with my board game collection, DVD collection, and book collection. And I think these exact same questions answer the opening question of: Why should you start getting organized?

    Great post! Thank you!

  • Jen February 11, 2015, 3:46 pm

    I agree – my whole mind feels cluttered when there is clutter and chaos around me. I operate so much better when things are in order. If they aren’t, I kind of obsess over things. I am always always looking for ways to calm my clutter and my mind! Excited to follow along with this series.

  • Cecilia February 17, 2015, 12:02 pm

    Like the others, my mind is cluttered and I have such anxiety all the time. I really need to declutter and organize. Just so overwelmed I dont know where to start. Help

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