I don’t want to exercise but I do want to feel great, have a healthy heart, no muffin tops and toned shoulders.
I don’t want to garden but I do want to eat plump, juicy ripe tomatoes and have fresh herbs that I don’t have to pay $3.99 for at the store.
I don’t want to clean toilets but I do want to walk in the bathroom and smell a fresh lemon scent and see a sparkling, white toilet!
I don’t want to waste an hour and a half of my afternoon driving all over but I do want my four kids to enjoy an activity, learn a sport or meet up with friends to have some fun.
I never want to get up in the morning but I do want to feel like I’ve accomplished things when I go to bed at night.
If you do NOT want to organize but you DO want to…
- Experience a life that is free from clutter and piles;
- Be free from the shame and embarrassment of a messy house;
- Get over the feeling that you can’t get it together;
- Be free from the fear of someone seeing your mess behind the closed doors;
- Stop making excuse after excuse;
- Quit wishing, wishing, making an attempt and it failing and wishing some more;
- Never again go out to buy more socks and underwear because you can’t find a single pair;
Get started organizing your home today.
Peter Walsh said this in our interview (listen here)
It’s true. Until we have a written plan to get organized we rarely accomplish what we WISH.
Chelle has a written plan to accomplish specific projects this summer. She is posting one each week on Friday. You can see them all here.
Laura, from OrgJunkie.com, writes out her menu plan each week and has done so for the last 7 years (or maybe more)! She talks about it here on our interview.
Believe me when I tell you I struggle in the area of having a written plan. I am so good at planning for a week or two and then I forget to plan to plan. I drop the ball and life goes on!
1. Make the Decision.
It all starts with a decision. You can do this. You just need to decide to!
For some people it takes hitting rock bottom before they make a decision to change. Someone else may be inspired by another person’s story.
What will it take for you to make the decision to start organizing?
At Clutter Interrupted we have what we call our triple threat – or three A’s – to get you to take action. These next 3 steps will get you started organizing even when you don’t feel like it.
2. ACT on it.
Start by writing your planning time in your calendar. Every week you need to have a time written in your calendar to plan for the week. Do this for the next 5 weeks. For example, Sunday night from 6-6:30 is organizing planning time.
I love my auto reminders on my Google calendar. They give me a reminder on my phone one hour before and then again 10 minutes before the activity. This is invaluable to me during this time in my busy life with all the kids’ activities AND my own activities.
For your first scheduled planning time, walk through your home and begin making a master list of areas in your home you want to organize. We have printables included in our book to use for this.
Be specific when writing these areas. Don’t say master bedroom. Instead say pile of clothes by bed, dresser drawers, dresser surface, nightstand, etc.
Now you have a master list of areas you want to organize.
3. Assign a Date
Now that you have your planning time scheduled and a list of areas to organize you need to pick ONE area that you will organize first.
Write when you will work to organize this area in your calendar. Be specific. Monday afternoon from 4:30 – 5:00. Sunday afternoon from 3-5:00. Use your reminders if you use a digital calendar.
Do not miss, break or double-book this appointment. Meeting your organizing goals is TOTALLY dependent on keeping this appointment!
4. Be accountable
Share this information with someone you can count on. Tell them when you will work on it and when you will check in with them to share your progress.
Be sure to take before pictures of each area. It is so motivating to see how much you’ve accomplished!
When organizing your space use our proven, signature organizing method, END CLTR. Learn more here.
Get started (even if you don’t feel like it) right now. Begin with step 1. You can do it!