Monday, August 16, 2010

More on Starting Simple

OK. Let's say you want to organize your entire house. Where do you begin?? Well, the first thing to do is to abandon the thought that you will be able to get everything done in one day. Dismiss thoughts of getting it all done in one weekend. And if you are procrastinating because you're "waiting until you have time," you will probably never start! Organizing takes time, but that's OK! You don't have to do everything at once. Don't get overwhelmed. Start with something small and do what you can when you can. Take 10 minutes before Cupcake Wars comes on to clean out your kitchen junk drawer. Then instead of dreading having to sift through every time you need to find something, you'll open the drawer and be proud of how organized it is. Doing the small things first (like the junk drawer, the bathroom medicine cabinet, or you kids' sock drawers) can go a long way in boosting your organizing self-confidence. Once you get the small things under your belt, you are ready to tackle a bigger project (more tips on how to do that will follow, and see previous post about list-making!) Try to finish one room or area before moving on to something else. Leaving a task half-done can be discouraging, and it can just add to the clutter and mess around you. And remember, Don't Stress. A home should be a calm and inviting place, and getting things organized can do wonders for how you feel about yourself and your home!

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