Organizing Resolutions, 4 Words To Live By In Order To Begin

Now that the new year is in the full swing of things and the first couple of months of planning "the perfect year” are over, it’s time to set yourself up to win and implement. When it comes to organizing, there are some things that you must have in order for that to work.  

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New Year, New Habits

Every year, we all sit down and try to plan out our perfect year. We create lists of projects to do, where we want to go, how many times a week to work out, and how much water we’re going to drink everyday in the hopes that all of these new habits stick. This is the year we will be on top of things. This year is going to be fabulous!!! Right?! Well, you might just get what you wish for if you implement 4 little things along with your new lists and habits.

Now that the new year is in the full swing of things and the first couple of months of planning "the perfect year” are over, it’s time to set yourself up to win and implement. When it comes to organizing, there are some things that you must have in order for that to work.  

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The Four Mindsets and Actions

If you’ve made any New Years resolutions to get organized or have some organizing To Do’s on one of those lists, implement these 4 actions/mindsets to help get you there.

#1 - Intention

We must be intentional with our time, actions and space if we are going to be organized.  Having a plan and knowing what is going to happen is huge when it comes to getting things done.  

Create a list of things you want to do and spaces you’d like to tidy and organize, but don’t stop there. Assign dates and deadlines, think of what needs to be done first, reverse engineer your time and projects and break each item down into actions.  By doing this, you are creating intent.  You are setting the stage to act in detail rather than being overwhelmed. 

You want your house organized this year?  Be intentional.

#2 - Mindfullness

In order to support our intentions, we need to be mindful and aware of what is happening in our lives.  It allows us to ask questions and stay in check.  

Ask yourself questions such as: Am I going upstairs empty handed?, Is this FB scrolling taking my time away from what I really want to do?, My child is sick today and it’s Sunday. How is that going to affect my Monday and the rest of the week?

Even if you don’t know the answers, you are giving yourself the ability to act instead of react.  Thinking of the now to assist with forward thinking, Being mindful and aware of our actions is very enlightening and can help us in extraordinary ways.

#3 - Consistency 

Consistency, consistency, consistency.  Should I say it one more time?  This one may need to be moved to the top of the list because it is super important and one of the main keys to organizing success.  

You can create wonderful systems and have a beautifully organized space, but if you are not consistent, you will find them difficult to maintain.  

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For example: You create a wonderful area in your laundry room for everyone to take off their shoes and place them on a set of shelves to keep them off the floor and be out of the way. If you are not consistent with telling your children to put their shoes on the shelf and putting your shoes on it everyday as well, it will not get used and the system will fail.

#4 - Motivation

There must be something driving you.  If you don’t have it use my favorite boost, fear!  

What do you do when you’re going to have an unexpected guest in an hour?  We all do it….  Sweep anything on a horizontal surface into a corner, toss things in rooms they don’t belong just to get them out of the way. Amiright?!  This is all because we don’t want people to see our mess. We don’t want to be judged or embarrassed. 

So how do you use fear for motivation?  Schedule a party of course!  

In all seriousness, consider what might trigger the desire to get moving.  Inviting someone over, giving yourself a deadline or having an accountability buddy to keep you accountable might just be what you need to kick your organizing plan into action.

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in conclusion

These 4 mindsets are all wonderful tools to aid in your organizing journey for the new year.  

Start with one thing.  Be intentional with your time, be mindful of your actions, create consistency to maintain systems and get yourself movin' with some motivation.  You Got This!!

Happy New Year and Happy Organizing!


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