Published on December 25th, 2010 | by thevyne2
“Which way is Up”? Organizing Your Life
By M. Wortham
With the New Year just around the corner, getting organized tops many people’s resolution list. Have you ever had to do a rush clean up if a friend called to say they were going to “stop by,” shoving things in closets or searching relentlessly for an item to later find it sitting right on the counter you’ve walked past several times? Or feel so overwhelmed by all the things on your “to do” list, that you avoid doing anything leaving you feeling more tired and confused? Can I just say “been there done that and bought a T-shirt”? After watching shows like Hoarders and Clean House, I have made a pledge to “de-clutter” my home from this day forward.
We start out enthusiastically in the New Year, later to fizzle out by Valentine’s Day. As with any behavior we want to change, it must become a habit before it becomes routine. Experts say it takes 90 days of doing something before it becomes a habit, and with the right game plan organization can be yours with some of these easy steps. For example:
– Make “to do” lists, and tackle small projects first. Start with a pile of papers, a drawer or hallway closet. You’ll feel accomplished and better able to move on to the next thing.
– You MUST be willing to throw away, sell or get rid of things. Unused items take up space and clutter your mind. If you haven’t used or worn something in a year, you probably won’t. Have a garage sale or place items on Craig’s List (use caution with this one). Throw away torn or broken items or place in a “to be repaired” box for 3 months only. If something has sentimental value, put it in a special place or take a photograph of the item so you will still have the memory of it.
– If you’re like me and love a good bargain, use the “in-out” rule. If you bring a new item in, get rid of an old item. Donate it or give it to someone who would actually use the piece.
– Assign a proper place for everything, and make a habit of replacing items you use immediately.
– Establish a routine for cleaning. Do a little bit each day. Get your spouse and children involved by making it fun. Turn on music, make it a game, use timers and/or give out reward stickers for completed chores.
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