So… what does “Getting Organized For Life” really mean, anyway?
Consider these three meanings:
1. Getting organized so your life will be easier, less stressful, more balanced, and ultimately more satisfying; so you can find your things when you need them, and get stuff done; so you can spend less time doing what you have to do, and more time doing what you want to do! So you can live your life by design, not by default. Less clutter. More life.
2. Getting organized…once and for all.
3. Getting, as in hiring, Organized For Life to come help you!
Getting Organized Once And For All
As much as I love pointing out the benefits of getting organized (#1), and the value in hiring me to help you do it (#3), I want to focus today on meaning #2: Getting organized…once and for all.
Let’s face it: getting organized once and for all is like getting the laundry done once and for all.
Disappointing, perhaps, but true, and the sooner you accept it the better.
You don’t expect your laundry to stay done, or your teeth to stay brushed, or your hair (or lawn) to stay cut (or mowed)…do you? That’s why we schedule things like haircuts, and routine auto maintenance, and health check-ups.
Then why do you expect your beautifully organized office, closet, pantry, and schedule, to magically stay that way? And why do you feel bad when they don’t? Staying organized requires regular maintenance and check-ups too!
Life happens! You need a system for the flow of things that continuously come into your home in the form of purchases, mail, gifts…it never ends. And you need a system for the flow of paper that needs to be discarded, sorted into an action file, paid attention to, or filed. Gifts often take the form of unexpected new categories of stuff that either need to be purged or found homes for. New tasks or activities, should you accept them, need a home on your calendar, and old ones may need to be dumped or delegated. Being organized isn’t easy, but it’s easier than the alternative!
The point is, whatever system you are using to stay organized, you must USE IT for it to work! Use Julie Morgenstern’s S.P.A.C.E. formula; don’t let your containers overflow; part ways with things (and activities) that don’t spark joy. Whatever works for you. Follow whatever set of rules govern YOUR systems and, as with ANY system, review them periodically to see if they are still working for you, and tweak them as necessary.
Just because you have a mystery pile of clutter on the counter doesn’t mean your system doesn’t work. Be honest… have you been working your system? Does it need tweaking? Are you decluttering for a few minutes every day? Or, are you letting your hot spots slide for a week… or a month… at a time until they become overwhelming…again…?
Wait, what? You don’t have systems for staying organized? Well…OK, then…see #3!
Which of your systems needs to established or tweaked?
What organizing maintenance tips can you share with us?
Please share in the comments below!
(This article originally appeared in Org4life News in 2009. Most recent update 2016.)
Copyright 2009 – 2016 by Hazel Thornton, Organized For Life.
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