Tips for Getting Organized with a Professional Organizer
Getting organized in the normal routines of life and finishing little projects you've started is an important first step toward realizing larger goals. If you can't get a handle on the small things, how will you ever get it together to focus on the big things? Joyce Meyer
- Understand Needs versus Wants - Needs are Essentials- Air, Food, Water, Sleep, Shelter, Elimination and Sunlight - The 7 things that keep us alive - Wants are everything else
- When you don't want something or don't want to do something admit it instead of forcing yourself to do things that make you unhappy or feel ill.
- Will yourself to do important things even if you don't want to do them, unless number two applies. Willing ourselves to do things that are unpleasant and knowing why we will do them is important.
- Visualize your home empty with everything you own in a safe place.
- Visualize your home the way you would like it to be (your dream home).
- Create a plan first before starting any organizing project, or any editing or purging, moving furniture or moving to a different space.
- Assessing every room, closet, nook and cranny and all objects in your space is essential to finding homes for all that you own.
- Think of the editing process with the goal of what you will keep instead of what you will get rid of.
- Make good decisions about the things you keep in your space based on these four principles:
- Is it useful
- Is it purposeful
- Is it sentimental
- Do you love it.
- Is it useful
- Realize getting organized is NOT about purging or editing but rather realizing what you truly value in life, what objects meet the above criteria, and that what you keep around you has a home and is not all over the floor and the surfaces. The objects we keep in our space give us great joy, energy and hold positive energy.
- Organizers are NOT there to "make you" get rid of things, they are here to help you protect the stuff that matters most.
- Many things contribute to being disorganized such as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Chronic Disorganization, Physical and or Mental Health Challenges, Grief and Loss, Hoarding Challenges, Difficulty making decisions, Family Upbringing, and Genetics. Having insight into the causes may help you stay organized long-term. Hiding under the covers and seeking a nice spot on the De Nile River will NOT help you.
- Categorizing everything in your home is essential. Storing like items with like items and containing them so they don't start to wonder around is key to staying organized.
- Organizing a Home or Business is NOT rocket science. Organizing is keeping up the organization you have created, long-term.
- Your stuff has energy, holds memory, and either brings you joy or sadness or just nothingness, but it deserves a home and not to be scattered all about.
- Things that you use the most go closet to you and things that you use the least stay farthest from you.