Guest Post: My Top 3 Organizing Tips
Today’s guest post comes from Michele of Get Organized Wizard, one of our amazing sponsors of this month’s challenge. She offers some great tips here for achieving organizing success. These are totally do-able tips and will definitely help you as you continue to make progress on your space this weekend. If you’ve got any questions about your space or your struggles please be sure to let us know in the comments and we’ll answer them there as well.
Congratulations on taking Laura’s 28-Day Organizing Challenge! This is going to be fun :)
Here are my 3 top tips for tackling your space or room.
1. Start simple
If you want to make this the start of a more organized life, choose as your project something achievable. Your success will give you momentum to move on to another project – and another one after that.
But if you begin with the worst room in your house, you may struggle to get it done – and the disappointment could undermine your future organizing efforts, too.
When taking on something new and challenging, it’s usually a good idea to begin simply, enjoy your achievement, and then build on it.
Pick something simple and achievable for your challenge and let it start you on a more organized path.
2. Decide quickly
One of the surest ways to get bogged down in your organizing projects is to over-analyze.
Not sure whether to keep or discard something? Make your default decision to discard. Only keep something if you genuinely love or use it.
Not sure whether to put it here or there? Go with your first instinct. You can always come back and re-work the area. But if you don’t make a decision, you’ll end up stuck in organizing limbo.
Make a quick choice and you’ll find all your organizing projects will become easier.
3. Have fun
People who think of organizing as drudgery to be done under sufferance and punctuated by long, agonized sighs – well, they tend to be pretty disorganized.
Instead, why not have a little fun? Choose a time when you have some energy, pour yourself a yummy drink, and put on your fave (eighties!) music mix.
Feeling good will make you more productive, so you’ll get more done. Plus, time will pass more quickly because you’ll be having fun, kinda. Much smarter than moaning and sighing, huh?
Find ways to brighten the experience and you’ll be done before you know it.
So here again are my 3 tops tips for this challenge: start simple, decide quickly, and have fun.
Thanks Michele! I especially love the go with your first instinct tip. Doing something is better than doing nothing at all. I love to remind people that there are no right or wrong answers here, the goal is to do what works best for your family. So even if it seems unconventional at first, if it helps to make life easier for you then don’t be afraid to give it a try!