I am not a big fan of New Years resolutions. Probably because I have never made one last long enough to call it a success. But, what I am a fan of is making strides to better myself. One area that I know that I need help in is organization. If we can be honest all of us could use a a little tidying up somewhere in our lives. So here are my tips to get you started, my five steps to being more organized this year.
1. Take a look at what you struggle with. If you need to really analyze this then kudos to you. It doesn’t take much time for me at all to realize what I suck at. Yes, I said suck at. Part of coming to grips with your faults means that you can’t sugar coat them. Maybe you just need a brush up on routine that has fallen by the wayside but if you are like me and need an overhaul in an area its important to find the root and start from there. Lets say its cleaning your house. You could do a deep clean and feel accomplished but until you set a routine to keep it that way, do you really conquer it? So start with they why, then move to the how.
2. Remove the clutter. Whether it is physical or emotional clutter we all have it. For me I have a hard time getting rid of things that I think I can find a use for. It drives my husband nuts. I recently felt super validated that I knew that we had a lantern that he could use for camping that three years ago he told me to toss. Victory was mine! Except that it wasn’t because I couldn’t find the lantern and we had to buy a new one. So, here is my suggestion. If it can hold a purpose, it has to have a place. That place does not mean in a pile (talking to myself here) so if it has value it should have a place of value.
3. Set a timer. Cleaning in general stresses me out because I get overwhelmed easily. I also let things go to far before getting to it. (see I have conquered step number one already!) I binged the first season of the Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt when it first came out and she said I can do anything 10 seconds at a time. For me, I set a time for 5 minutes and see what I can conquer. This is also great for kids. We set timers for cleaning for the kids and much like them knowing an end time makes the tasks easier for me to handle!
4. Just say no. I am literally the queen of yes. So this is a hard one for me. But, learn how to say no even if it is to yourself. When you pass by something in your life and you say to yourself I will tackle that tomorrow. But, then tomorrow you say in your head well maybe the next day. Don’t let tasks haunt you. Don’t give yourself slack that you don’t deserve. If you know that junk drawer will look exactly like it does today in weeks and you know you need to tackle it then do it. So learn how to say no to that part of your brain that lets you slack off, don’t say no to what you need to accomplish…lets face it that’s how you got here in the first place.
5. Allow yourself grace for a reset. Remember how I said that hate resolutions? Well, its because a resolution is easy to give up on once you break it. But, making a new habit or choice is going to take practice and that means if you mess up you have to get back on the horse. Resets are not a bad thing. Yes, it would be great if getting organized was easy for everyone but for many of us it literally is just not in our nature. But, while getting more organized may not make you a neat freak, the baby steps will take you a long way!
What things have you done that have helped you get organized?