So here we are again, another year over and a new one just begun. What were your resolutions this year? If you are like many it included: stop smoking, get fit and lose weight, get out of debt, get organized, and spend more time with the family. All great goals to strive for with three things in common – spend less money, feel less stress and have more time!
Let’s start with getting organized…January is the National Association of Professional Organizer’s (NAPO) Get Organized MonthSM. During the first month of the year the professional organizing community dedicates time and resources to raising awareness of the benefits of getting organized and of hiring a professional organizer. Many of the over 4,000 professional organizers in the United States are ready to make your year more organized!
If you want to try it on your own then here are a few helpful hints to get you going:
Identify why you want to get organized
You want to make room for a new family addition, be comfortable having people over, be able to find things without stress, save money by only buying things you need and will use, etc. It is great to say “I want to get organized,” but without a real reason there is little motivation to do anything other than dream about it.
Write it down
A dream does not become a goal until you write it down! Keep it posted in a place where you can read it every day. It takes 21 days to create or change a habit. You need to be repeating your goal for those 21 days so that it “sinks in”.
Make a plan
Decide what you want to do, how you want to tackle it, when you are going to work on it and who is going to help. Read books, blogs and articles on how to go about creating an organizing plan. Carve out time in your schedule and make a date on your calendar. It took time to get disorganized so you will have to make time to get organized again! And don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whether it is a friend, family member, or a Certified Professional Organizer, don’t be afraid to say you need some guidance. We are all gifted in different ways.
As you move through the process of getting organized, be it a large project to knock out a closet in a day or small habit changes that lead to the beginning steps of organization, remember to reward yourself.
Organizing is not rocket science, but it can be hard work. So roll up your sleeves and just make a start… Here’s to your organized New Year! So what are your plans?