Just get started

A post from the past

Sometimes just getting started is half the battle….my brother and sister-inlaw have a nice bookcase in their living room that holds books, photos and toys. The problem is that it had gotten over cluttered and was driving them crazy but with two young kids in the house it was just one more thing in their long list of to-dos. Yet everyday there it was, mocking and frustrating them. I knew we could get it done in no time, less than an hour even, I’m pretty sure they thought it would take much longer. This bookcase is a command central of sorts and I knew it would make a big difference for them if it was organized. Since I love tackling small things that make big impact I was more than happy to lend a hand.



I was right, it didn’t take long at all. Afterwards my sister-inlaw said to me “you have no idea how long I’ve wanted to do that”. Once we got going things were flying into the purge pile so fast I was having trouble keeping up with them! They did an awesome job! The best part? A couple of days later my sil went out and bought a tote and organized all her son’s craft supplies, something else she’d been wanting to do for awhile. And that my friends is how it goes. Once you see how easy and rewarding it is to tackle one small space, the impact of those results will make you want to do it over and over and over again….until you become an addict like me :)


Filed under: Motivation-Encouragement, Organizing Solutions


14 Responses to Just get started

  1. 1
    Veggiemomof2 says

    It doesn’t surprise me in the least that the “new & improved” picture has baskets on the shelves! :) Great job!

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    Kim says

    I would love to have you as a sister in law! LOL
    Can I adopt you? Granted we’ll be about the same age, but I’m okay with that!
    Hugs and great job.

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    Kristin says

    I wish you were my sister in law and would come to my house and organize. I’m knee deep here!

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    Onlinehandyman says

    Very true – it just a matter of getting started. When you are still in the thinking about beginning stage, the job can seem very overwhelming. You see the job as being a total hassle and this is what causes the procrastination, but once you get started you get on a roll because you see just how easily the job goes.

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    Sue says

    Tis true, tis true!! I work full time at our local Middle School & during the school year our house just barely stays under control. This summer I’ve been doing little projects like this. I’ve been going through the 3 high-use rooms (livingroom, bathroom & kitchen) and boy has it ever made a difference. Is it perfect? No. But it makes the whole family feel good & feel like we can work better at keeping up. And that’s what counts!!

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    Jean says

    When can I expect you over?

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    sharon turner says

    My first ever comment. I couldn’t pass it up. Last night at midnight I was working on my bookcase that resembled your sister’s. Just like you said it didn’t take long and I feel so much better. Your web site is very helpful. Thank you, Sharon

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    Lori says

    I love the great feeling of accomplishment I get when I do a small organizing task. My daughters call me OCD when it comes to organizing, but they sure do like the results! :) I’m so there with you! Great job!

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    Liz Jenkins says

    While a big project can be really satisfying, most of the time, it’s the little things that can not only feel great, but urge you on to more projects. Each little step is one in the right direction. Just did my office ‘junk’ drawer that had been bugging me for a year-feels so good to look at it now – though I really wish I had a ‘before’ shot!!

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    Melissa Hauf says

    i completely agree i put off oranizing my sons toys n homeschooling items once i did i felt sooo much better….we are now in the process of moving and once we move my next goal is to org my kitchen the way i want it…its going to take a while b/c the bins n such are pricy but that it my next goal

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    Susan says

    The power of small victories!!!

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    Becky says

    Thanks for sharing!! I have been pulling pieces of paper and other things off my computer desk daily and throwing most of them away. Just stuff and it will be clean one of these days. Keep at is what keeps me going. I know it will look great and I’ll love it!!!
    It’s like organizing my time. Don’t use the computer so much and I can get more things done. I need to go do laundry now so I can have clean pants for work tomorrow. Thanks for the inspiration, Laura!!


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    Elizabeth says

    Great job! Don’t you feel wonderful when you’ve completed a task like that? Now, I need to go organize my pantry – ugh!


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