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What is your organizing style?

Do you ever wish you could be more organized?  Have you tried various methods to become organized and felt unsuccessful because you couldn’t maintain it?  Not all organizing systems are right for everyone!  Let’s discover your personal organizing style!

Traditional

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You like minimal visual clutter with a very detailed organizing system and are able to maintain it once it’s in place.

Examples:

You like using labeled file folders that are micro-organized by month or vendor in a filing cabinet.

You put your tools in a tool chest, one tool type in each drawer.

You want your crafting items organized in a cabinet, with one item type per container behind closed doors.

You might put off organizing until you can do it properly.

Visual and Detailed

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You like to see your belongings and want them organized in a very structured and pleasing way, often striving for perfection.

Examples:

You like sorting your craft items on shelves with like items, all thread together, all scissors together, all ribbons together and may even prefer to have them color coordinated.

You like having your clothes or tools out where you can see them easily.

You like the idea of having an open pantry in your kitchen where you can see everything.

You are highly organized and want your frequently used items out where you can reach them easily.

You may put off organizing if you cannot do it properly.

Simply Visual

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You want to be able to see your belongings but you also want simple, macro-organizing solutions.

Examples:

You like using clear containers to put your things away so you can easily locate them.

You prefer shelves over cabinets.

You want your belongings easy to find and easy to put away.

You find clutter distracting!

Simple and Uncluttered

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You want minimal visual clutter but a simple and easy to use organizing system.  You are unlikely to use a complicated organizing system.  You want something that helps you do things quickly.

Examples:

You are likely to keep your home looking clean and tidy, but are prone to shoving things in drawers and cabinets.  You want organizing solutions that keep your belongings out of sight but easy to access and help keep your home looking beautiful.

You like your flat surfaces cleared of clutter, preferring to have your kitchen counters empty of all items.

You like ottomans that have hidden storage, cabinets with drawers and hidden shelves where you can quickly and easily toss your belongings.

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New Beginnings – Change & Moving Forward

Woman sitting on sofa writing in notebookChange is never easy and neither are new beginnings, even when they are by choice.  They push us out of our comfort zones and force us to stretch and grow.  It’s uncomfortable letting go of familiar things, habits, people, but sometimes it’s necessary.  A new home, a new job, a new habit.

Regardless of the reason for the change, it’s important to embrace it!  Change can be healthy.  If you haven’t had a noticeable change in your life in a long time, you may be overdue.  You may be feeling stagnant and restless, longing for things that aren’t present in your life.

Making the change is the challenge and your situation will be different from everyone else’s. The question is: what do you do once the change has happened?  What do you do when it’s time to start over?  If the new beginning is by your choice, you may be feeling excitement mixed in with the anxiety of the uncertainty of the future.  If the changes are not your choice, then feelings of fear and despair may overwhelm you, but a simple shift in perspective can make a world of difference.

Let’s look at this change as an amazing opportunity to design the life you love!  Life will never be 100% perfect, but we can still love the life we build.  If we look critically at the life we have been living, chances are there were things we didn’t love, things we wished we could fix or change.  How often in the past did you say, “I would be happy, if only…”?

Those “if only” moments are opportunities to transform your life!  Take some time to think about those moments and what you would like them to be.  Perhaps it’s a better paying job, perhaps a different job altogether.  Maybe you want to own your own business or work from home.  Have you been longing to write a novel or start a YouTube channel?  Would your life be better if you went back to school or learned another language?  Maybe your only desire is to have a tidy and organized home or take a much needed vacation.  Whatever the desire, take some time to write down all of the things you want to be different from this day forward.  Don’t waste time regretting the things you haven’t done.

Once you write them down, they instantly become goals that you can work toward achieving.  Each one has steps you can take to get closer to achieving your goals.

Step 1: Write down everything you want to improve or change in your life.  Do not edit the list.  Do not censor yourself.  Go ahead and dream big.  This list is just for you!

Step 2: Pick 3 items that you think will bring you the greatest joy, satisfaction, and feeling of accomplishment.

Step 3: Answer a simple question for each goal: WHY do you want this?  In reality, this is the most challenging part.  What is your motivation for wanting to achieve this goal?  Is it for you or for someone else?  If you find that you don’t have a WHY for one of the items, pick something else from your list.  Your WHY is your motivation.  Without motivation, REAL motivation, you’ll find yourself procrastinating down the road or giving up altogether.

Step 4: For each goal: List three action items you can do THIS WEEK to get started.  Don’t think about all of the things that need to happen or all of the reasons it might not be possible to achieve the final goal.  Just think about the first three things that need to occur.

For instance, if you want to go back to school, you might write:

  1. Look up the application requirements for XYZ University
  2. Call the Financial Aid Office to see if I qualify for grants
  3. Look for a school with online courses

If your goal is to become debt-free:

  1. Gather ALL of the statements for my outstanding debts
  2. Get a copy of my credit report
  3. Download a budget worksheet

Don’t limit yourself with the seeming impossibility of the task!

Step 5:  Do the three action items for each goal THIS WEEK!  Don’t procrastinate it.  You’ve waited long enough to have the life you want.  Today is the perfect day to start building it!

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