How about a handful of cliches to start our Get Organized in 6 Weeks series.
- One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.
- Clutter is in the eye of the beholder.
- A place for everything, and everything in its place.
- Out of sight. Out of mind.
The list could go on, but I’ll stop here and get right to the point (after one more cliche about getting organized). It is not a one-size-fits-all package! If it was, we’d all have beautifully organized homes with effortlessly efficient systems. We’d know where all of our stuff is when we need it. We would have more time than tasks. We’d have no problem letting go of things that no longer serve us, and selfishly, I wouldn’t be writing about how to get organized.
After many years of helping clients of all ages and stages; family and life situations; houses, apartments and offices; physical, mental and emotional challenges; and a plethora of goals and reasons for decluttering, I’ve discovered commonalities in the journey of getting organized. That’s what these next 6 weeks are all about. While I can’t tell you exactly what to keep and what to toss (see cliche number 1), I can guide you through the decision-making process. Here’s a snippet of what to expect in the coming weeks:
Get Organized in 6 Weeks
Week 1 – What’s the Point: The Why Before the How
During Week 1, we’ll explore a few of the common reasons to get organized. We’ll delve into the benefits of living an organized life, as well as the risks associated with excessive clutter. Read Week 1 Now.
Week 2 – Letting Go: How to Prepare Yourself and Your Space
This week is all about getting started. We’ll talk about how to mentally, emotionally and physically prepare for the decluttering process. Need help letting go? That’s what this week is all about. Read Week 2 Now.
Week 3 – What to Do With the Excess: Sort, Discard, Repeat
Week 3 is all about options. We’ll talk about how to efficiently attack the decision-making process, what and where to donate, and how to properly dispose of trash. Read Week 3 Now.
Week 4 – How to Create Systems for Organized and Productive Living
After week 3, you surely have some stuff left over. It’s not just about the stuff, though. Staying organized is often about time management and being productive. This week, we’ll lay out some time management techniques, as well as some efficient organizational systems for your physical goods. Read Week 4 Now.
Week 5 – Get Help: When and How to Hire a Professional
Week 5 is a good check-in point. Are you making progress? Are you feeling overwhelmed? Hiring a professional organizer or productivity consultant might be the motivation and momentum you need to be successful in your organizing journey. Read Week 5 Now.
Week 6 – Maintain, Sustain and Be Accountable
Now is the time to marvel in your progress, but don’t let all of that hard work go to waste. In our final week, we’ll share some tips on how to sustain your organized life, and be accountable for maintaining your new systems.
Are you ready to get started? Our journey begins next week. See you then!