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Get Organized for the New Year

All this talk about resolutions has got me thinking about that one I hear the most, “I resolve to ‘Get Organized’ this year.”  But what does it mean?

January is GO Month (Get Organized Month) and for the past two weeks my email has been hopping with people going on FindMyOrganizer.com and looking for organizers in their area.  (As an aside, if you are truly looking for an organizer, try NAPO.net or ChallengingDisorganization.org for a more reputable list of qualified organizers.)

But getting back to the ‘Get Organized’ discussion.  What exactly do you have in mind when you think about getting organized?

When I speak to individuals and groups about getting organized, these are the words I often hear:

  • Everything in it’s place.
  • I can find what I need when I need it.
  • Peace
  • My home is company ready.
  • Relaxed
  • Room to breathe, live, play…
  • I have just what I need, at my fingertips

Do these things resonate for you?   What does organizing mean for you?  Take a moment and write it down.

Having just what I need, at my fingertips.  I will have less ‘stuff.’

Now, think about how you feel when you ‘Get Organized.’  Write this down on your paper.

I will feel relaxed.  Cleaning will be easier. I will feel good about the things I own (they will not possess me!) 

Last, what are the steps you are going to take to ‘get organized’?  As with all resolutions and goals, those that are not specific or actionable are not likely to be completed.  Write down the steps that you will need to take to get organized and then drill down to the smallest possible step you can take to get started.

  • Remove the trash and recyclables
  • Donate the items I am not using that in good condition
  • Work on each space for 15 minutes a day
  • Work through each room of the house
  • Participate in a Clutter Challenge (Mins Game)
  • Gather like items together

Smallest Possible Step: Find 1 item to remove and get it out!

Identifying the steps you will take will act as a blueprint.  The smallest possible step will tell you where to start.


If this still feels overwhelming or you are having trouble identifying the clutter, join with me on January 18, 2014 from 9am-4pm for a one day workshop on clutter, stress and diet.  Find out more here.

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