“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” - Confucius
Research has found that living in a disorganized and cluttered environment can be harmful to your health. Excess clutter can lead to anxiety, depression, as well physical ailments, such as allergies from dust, or injuries from tripping-hazards.
Removing clutter from your life can increase mental focus, provide you with more time and energy, and reduce stress and anxiety. Who wouldn’t like that? Maybe you have tried to organize your home in the past with little progress.
Let this year be different and set yourself up to succeed. Ditch the daydreaming and create a concrete plan. Instead of setting vague goals, begin each new month with a specific project to help you create the organized home you’ve always envisioned. In a previous blog post, I spoke about goal setting. Check it out here. Once you know your WHY, WHAT, and WHEN, you are ready to create a plan.
Don’t know how or where to begin?
Start by taking a walk through your home, room by room, opening closets, cabinets, and drawers.
Jot down how you feel about each space and compile a list of all areas you would like to improve on, then categorize them in order of importance.
Schedule time on your calendar each week to work on a specific area.
Your list might look like this.
January- Organize the kitchen. This could be the entire kitchen or just certain areas that really bother you, like the pantry, cabinets, or drawers.
February could be an entirely different area of the house, or you can finish whatever you didn’t get done in the previous month. You are in charge of the pace, creating a list of projects that span the course of the year.
Avoid Getting Stuck
Choose smaller projects for each week to keep from feeling overwhelmed. Be realistic about how much time it will take to complete the task, allowing for interruptions.
Look for inspiration or helpful tips to keep you going. Browse the web for articles, videos, and podcasts
Don’t get discouraged when life events keep you from staying on track. Regroup and adjust your schedule accordingly.
Having a clear vision of what you want your home to look and feel like along with your action plan will lead you to success. One week and one month at a time! Check out these posts if you like some inspiration to help organize your kitchen or your garage.
Need accountability or hands-on assistance with any of your organizing projects? Call or email, I’m here to help, whether in person or virtually. Call 585-201-6009 or write to Yve@organizingbyYve.com.