Hello Ashburn! Did you start the year out telling yourself that this time, this year I am definitely going to get organized? Well, join the club of many who made that broad, sweeping statement without measurable benchmarks.
What exactly does getting organized mean for you? What will it look like when you are organized? Do you even know what area of your home, room or corner of a room you want to begin with? It can be a daunting task unless you set up small steps that can be measured and celebrated for being completed.
Once you commit to making that change, don’t give yourself too many new routines to add or change in your day in order to maintain the organizing work you have accomplished. Take baby steps here. Start by adding one new adjustment at a time until it has become a habit. This can take 3-4 weeks. The best way to establish a new habit is to attach it to an already well established routine. So let’s say that the recycling never gets taken out to the recycling bins because it just is always forgotten. Find a part in your day that you do in a routine manner such as eat breakfast. Now, instead of eating breakfast then putting dishes in sink then taking a shower, adjust this routine by eating breakfast, putting dishes in sink, and then taking out the recycling, then take a shower.
Remember to just take baby steps along the path towards a more organized you!
Maria White is a professional organizer with ENUFF WITH THE STUFF in the Ashburn, Virginia area.