At the beginning of the year I set out to dig deep inside myself and learn how to dream.
In fact, my Facebook status read this:
“Spent most of my afternoon breaking down my goals into monthly, weekly, and daily tasks.
It was like lighting when it hit me that I was co-creating my year with God.
I have goals I have written down on my paper, but it's up to me to go after them.
He whispered them in my ear and planted them in my heart.
But it's up to me to not waste time. It's up to me to move and take action.
In my childhood I heard people say: "Si Dios quiere", it means "If God wants" and it was just left at that.
I wasn't taught to plan, in fact it was hard for me to dream.
I always thought I need to just be grateful.
But God wants more for us then to just be grateful.
He invites us to dream and co-create.”
So, one of the goals I wrote out was to transform and organize my own office.
It functioned OK for the most part.
No matter how long you've been on this de-cluttering and simplifying journey the hardest part is keeping the clutter from coming back!
Today I am sharing a strategy that will help simplify things no matter if you are just getting started or if you have been de-cluttering for a while.
When I go out on consults some of my clients say "I feel like I just keep shuffling things around".
Your house should flow like a river (I learned this metaphor from an a very cool dad when I first started my organization business).
There should be a place for everything and everything in its place and this includes a system and strategy for items that need to leave your home.
When you have things in places where they don't belong, they becomes a clutter magnet that doesn't allow your home to flow properly.
So, when you have random piles of things you want to donate sitting in the middle of the floor, items you need to return to someone sitting on your counters, or dead batteries, light bulbs and electronics in random drawers; those are the BOULDERS that don't allow your "river" to flow.
Which leaves your home and daily routines feeling disconnected.
Public speaking makes me want to curl up in a ball and cry! Can you relate? I know I’m not the only one here.
Public speaking is ranked one if the highest fears… even scarier than dying. This post is not about public speaking but let me explain how it relates to the fears we encounter when Decluttering.
I spoke to a friend who is a John Maxwell coach, about this shakiness I experience when I'm about to say something in front of many eyeballs.
I asked him, “are there breathing exercises I could do to help me master this feeling when I have to speak?”
He replied, “just breathe.” I told him I'm fine once I go for it but the leading up to it makes me want to cry.
Then he said something that hadn’t occurred to me. He said, “maybe you are worried about getting it perfect”. He suggested that I practice as much as I could until it becomes second nature.
Here’s the funny thing: Once I discovered what the real fear was, it became easier for me to face it!
That made me think about the many fears I see my clients encounter. Here are some common fears on de-cluttering you can explore when you hit a wall in your de-cluttering efforts.
“Don’t follow your dreams, Chase them” That’s what the front of my planner says.
Clutter, whether it is mental or physical, can make us feel stuck and hinder us from chasing after those dreams.
Our physical world is a reflection of our mental clutter and vice versa.
That is part of the reason why organizing can be emotional, scary and life-changing all at the same time.
The thing that before and after pictures don’t show is the transformation that happens in the person.
In fact, there are photos I have on my phone, of spaces that are not Pinterest worthy but are LIFE worthy.
Spaces of real people where you can’t even see the floor or the bed, and you wonder where they sleep.
So often we think of organization as this PERFECT place you arrive to. Truth is organization is not perfect and sometimes it takes layers, other times it gets worse before it gets better.
So, as you think of getting organized, strive for BETTER, not perfect.
The following 3 (three) steps will help you get specific, keep you motivated, and help you get started on your organization goal. Be sure to print your FREE printable!
So let's get started!!!
Can you believe summer break is over and back to school season is in full force? Putting some organization in place helps make the transition easier.
This year, I was really excited to refresh my kids’ homework station and set up a few systems to manage the daily flow of school papers.
Even if your kids have already started school be sure to read along for 3 easy systems you can implement to make things run smoother in your home.
1. DESIGNATE A STUDY ZONE AND DEDICATE A CABINET OR DRAWER FOR SCHOOL SUPPLIES.
About 8 years ago, I transformed this china cabinet into a more modern piece by removing the glass doors, beefing up the shelves, and painting it white. Last year I converted it into our study area cabinet and it has worked well for us.
To get ready for this school year I de-cluttered anything old or broken, replenished our supplies and rearranged things to make them more accessible for my 1st and 6th grader.
I contained the flashcards into a container to keep them all in one place. I sorted stickers and smaller school supplies into these little drawer organizers. Their dictionary and thesaurus are sitting next to their writing, crosswords, coloring, math and other activity books where I organized them into these IKEA magazine holders. My favorite part is the green silverware caddie I re-purposed for their colored markers. Everything is accessible and labeled.