The Magic Formula to Finally Get Organized

If only it was as easy as saying “Abracadabra” and waiving a wand, and Poof!  Our homes and lives were magically organized.  But unfortunately it isn’t quite that easy.  In this post, I will reveal the exact magic formula to use in order to get and stay organized!
Getting your crap together life organized doesn’t have to be a dreadful experience!  Many of my clients find that working with me helps because we collaborate to figure out where to get started.
Woody Allen once said “80% of success is showing up.”  Oof.  Whatever you think about Woody Allen, this statement is so spot on.  You can’t have success if you never try.  You can’t finish what you don’t start.
So instead of being overwhelmed by the thought of getting organized, pivot your thinking about the process of starting, and then continue from there.

Get Organized Step 1

Decide what room to start with.
What room do you spend the most time in?  What room would have the biggest impact on your life?
I like to start in these types of rooms because once a space has been cleared and organized, attitudes and perspectives shift to a more positive place.  It’s then easier to take on other spaces and get them organized.

Get Organized Step 2

Write down specific goals.
What do you want from the room?  How do you want it to function?  Alternatively, if the room is a multi-purpose train wreck of a room (no judgment, just sayin’ cause I know it happens to the best of us!), how do you not want the room to function?  What can be moved to another room to have a more streamlined space?
When you are specific about your goals for the room, you can then make decisions about what stays in the room and what needs to leave in order to reach that goal.

Get Organized Step 3

Have an end date in mind.
Make the goal mean something by giving yourself a date to work towards to have the organizing project completed.  You can pace yourself and meet your goal!  And you’ll love yourself for it!

Get Organized Step 4

Have realistic goals.
I’m all for lofty goals when the time is right, but if you have a lot of organizing to do, keep the goals realistic.  Your space didn’t become unorganized or cluttered up overnight.  It’s going to take some time for the space to evolve into an organized room.

Get Organized Step 5

Tell your friends and family
This will increase your follow through bunches!  Their support and encouragement will help you greatly in the process.  If you don’t have cheerleaders to boost your spirits during the process, consider getting new family & friends- just joking, but only a little!

Get Organized Step 6

Be patient.
Ok, ok, so this is kind of a repeat of Step 4, but it’s a really important part of the process, and worth repeating.  Your space did not get cluttered in a day and you won’t wake up and find it all gone either.  Be patient and kind to yourself by pacing yourself.  For more on this last tip, check out this video.
And there you have it, finally, the magic formula to finally get organized!
Want to take the next step (actually putting pen to paper!) to get organized?  You need to map out a plan to make your organized life a reality.  I’ve designed a action guide and planner that does just that!  Scroll down to get it -for free!


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