52 Weeks: #1 Where will you start?
Welcome! I’ve already had the opportunity to see around blogland that several of you have gotten started on your 52 Weeks of Organizing List and are planning out what you want to accomplish this year. Very cool! Getting it down on paper is a HUGE part of the battle and an EXCELLENT way to combat the feelings of frustration and overwhelm. (if you are new it might be helpful for you to read my introduction post to this year long challenge)
I know for me when my home is in disarray (and believe me, it does happen!) I find I can quickly get on a downward spiral of doing nothing because my mind is frantically looking from pile to pile trying to make some sense of it to determine where to start. Only I can’t because it becomes too much and I become scattered and disorientated and it just snowballs from there. From experience though I now know that when I get like this I need to write it all down, otherwise known around here as a brain dump. I need it out of my head, onto paper where clarity can begin to make it’s way through the fog.
When focus and direction enter the picture, it’s hard to get sidetracked. Tired maybe but less overwhelmed. Remember don’t look up at the mountain ahead of you but concentrate instead on the task at hand.
To give you an example of a terrific plan I asked A Real Housewife of NYC if I could use her as an example. She did up a great post listing out the first 12 weeks with what she wanted to accomplish along with before pictures. I love seeing it broken down like this, it gets me all a tingle :) For instance, on week #5 she is going move a white bookcase that she has into her kitchen for jar storage so she can have more counter space. Love this idea! Then she’ll purge & organize a large bookcase with filing cabinet and move it to the white bookcase’s old spot.
On week #11 she is going organize her freezer and plan/cook items for easy heating up once her baby arrives.
On another week you’ll find her trying to figure out how to improve their paper & cardboard recycling system so that it no longer looks like this:
I love it! You can read her entire post here.
Now remember her steps might be more or less than you were planning on doing and that’s totally fine. Only you know how much time you have to set aside each day and what your breaking point is. It’s better to start slow to build momentum rather than go gang busters only to lose momentum. Do you know what I mean?
And listen, this is what I’m praying is going to happen for each and everyone of you this week. As we enter this time of Clutter Rehab, I pray that you’ll each experience the thrilling high that comes with an organized drawer, closet, corner or cleared surface.
In fact I’m really going to do my best to create junkies out of all of you. Mwah ha ha ha ha! (if you’re new here, don’t mind the crazy. I go a little cuckoo talking about the my favorite subject! :) )
As for me, I’ve been working on re-organizing my son’s teeny tiny bedroom and will hopefully post the before and after pictures for you sometime this weekend. Stay tuned!
Throughout the week I also post interesting tidbits of organizing information including deals, silliness and support, on my Facebook Fan Page so be sure to check it out so as not to miss anything great :)
Now take a deep breath and let’s get started. You can do this!
1. Do you have your list written? (if you missed it, you can find the pdf here)
2. What is the first thing on it that you hope to accomplish this week?
3. How are you going to make it happen?
So let’s discuss in the comments. Just so you know I’ve got the comments set to threaded which means you can reply to an individual comment if you want to by clicking on the “reply” that immediately follows the comment. When you do reply to an individual comment WordPress sends the initial commenter an email letting them know they have a reply. It’s all very cool and such. Let’s encourage one another and keep the progress going!!!
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