My #1 Organizing Tip
Happy 2016! It’s 4 weeks into the new year and I’m cheerfully swimming in calls for organization help. That’s expected at this time of year as New Year’s has always signaled reinvention and setting high goals to get there. The potential for change and growth is high as the calendar turns a new page.
One of the first questions I ask a prospect when they call, after listening to them talk about needing help with the mountain of paperwork or piles of clothes they no longer wear or cluttered mud room situations is:
What is motivating this change?
There are a million reasons that are perfectly logical and make sense:
- It’s driving me crazy
- We’re about to move and my real estate agent said I have to declutter
- I used to be organized but now I’m just too busy
- I’m afraid I’m losing business due to not being organized
These reasons and lots of others are powerful motivators but if you really want to adopt change so you can get and stay organized, you’ve got to do one thing first:
Change your mindset
HOW you think about getting organized will have the most impact on your level of success. Do you feel that you are being forced to do something that doesn’t feel natural or remotely desirable? How will you benefit by “getting organized?” Do you feel like you “should” be organized or that you “should” declutter because everyone’s talking about it now?
If you approach decluttering and organization from a place of “I have to get rid of stuff” it feels like a chore that your parent is telling you to do which is NOT motivating at all. You can change that 100% and take control of the situation by changing your mindset. If you say “I embrace the opportunity to pass these things on that I no longer need to someone who does” the experience is made to be a positive one. You’re now helping someone else instead of just going through piles of memories and reliving bad spending choices. Pain avoidance is motivating but not sustainable; you won’t maintain the change unless something positive is rewarding you for doing so.
Helping others is rewarding.
Making room for new experiences by getting rid of old baggage is rewarding
Spending more time doing what you love instead of looking for things is rewarding
Saving money not having to repurchase what you can’t find is rewarding
Treating yourself to attractive folders for your newly organized filing system rewards you with a beautiful work environment.
See how this changes from a “have to” to a “get to?” Think of how much more successful you’ll be, no matter how you define success, when you have the confidence that your office is in order and you can find anything you need when you need it. You no longer dread whatever task you hate because there is a reward for doing it.
Remember what you’ll gain and not what you feel you’ve lost
While it is said that it takes 21 days to make a new habit, I can guarantee you’ll be much happier while achieving that goal if you shift your mindset to focus on what you are gaining and not what you are losing. By losing disorganization, you are gaining time, better relationships, money, ease, and beauty.
If you’d like to learn more about how I can make your life easier by getting your home organized, please visit my website at Neatsmart.