Staying Organized and Stress-Free, Part 3
What are the best practices for finally getting organized?
Getting organized for the first time can be an extremely exciting (or frustrating) time because you’re faced with a gargantuan pile of tasks but you also foresee a most tantalizing reward: to finally be able to live and work in a space with little or no clutter.
Today, I am going to share with you some organizational tips, straight from the experts, so that you can begin hammering away on your own clutter issues at home or at work.
The Golden Rules of Getting Organized
1. Create a Detailed Clutter Map – This might sound depressing to some of you, but it’s the most important part of your blueprint for conquering clutter and finally ending the chronic stress caused by disorganization.
Often, people just give up because they view all the clutter as this monolithic and immovable mass (like a mountain)!
While it is true that physical clutter can reach epic proportions, the only way that you can practicably tackle it is by performing a series of clean ups.
Getting organized is not an overnight endeavor. If you’ve seen TV shows that tackled extreme clutter, you may already have a clue as to how much work it actually takes to straighten out a cluttered space.
Even an army of a dozen men will require several days of continuous cleaning and clearing to straighten out two large rooms of an ordinary-sized house.
I am stating these facts not to discourage people from trying; but to empower others to start as soon as possible if they want to see results quickly.
Now, it’s important that you set specific goals for yourself as you create a detailed Clutter Map. You need goals and milestones so have clear proof that you are progressing with your de-cluttering efforts.
2. Start Right Now – Starting right now sounds a bit crazy, but there is no better time to get organized than the present time.
It doesn’t matter if you can only clear one table or cabinet at a time. The important thing is that you’ve actually started something and you can immediately see the difference when you dip your toes into getting organized.
3. Get Serious About Clutter – In all my years of coaching people with stress-related problems, I’ve found that one of the most challenging hurdles is to start taking something new seriously.
If you have a similar mindset about getting organized, let me be the first person to tell you that you’re going to have ahard time freeing yourself of clutter if you don’t take things seriously.
Surprisingly, the best attitude to motivate yourself to start de-cluttering your home or office is to get really angry at the disorganization of your living or working spaces.
If you start viewing clutter as the enemy, or, at the very least, an overstaying guest in your living space, you will begin to take clutter very seriously and you will no longer allow yourself to make more excuses not to clean up.
4. Don’t Be Afraid to Dive Into Deep Clutter – Clearing clutter can become a frustrating and anxiety-causing enterprise when you begin seeing the extent of the disorganization that you have to tackle. I call this “fighting from the trenches.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Josée Smith, known as the NO Excuse Health Coach, specializes in helping professional women who are sick and tired of being sick and tired of dealing with stress and overwhelm by empowering them to focus on their health and wellbeing so that they have more energy, stay motivated, feel healthier and happier and achieve what they truly want with grace, power and ease.
Josée is the creator of the Turn Stress and Overwhelm into Energy and Vitality system. She has developed several programs to help women reach their health goals faster and easier so they can start living their best years now.