There is the rare child that enjoys and seeks opportunities to explore the satisfaction of organising spaces, toys, clothes, crayons etc. Think Marie Kondo for example. The sense of achievement that they crave is satiated by the neat rows, colour coordinated blocks of items and the feeling of control.
Most though are not pre-disposed to this extent. The majority of ‘organised people’ are so because they have realised the benefits and the peace of mind that ensues from being organised. The trial and error, stress and angst of trying to get everything done sans organisation has landed them in an ongoing panic.
Too late for you your inner voice may say. Alas, it is not so. Regardless of which point in your life you are at, regardless of the seemingly insurmountable obstacles you see as brick walls, I assure you there is light at the end of the organising tunnel.
Reflect on your personality and be real about what style will best benefit you in a sustainable way. It’s too discouraging to go full on and then burn out mid project.
- Plan to set your timer for 15 minutes a day, start small but keep on swimming.
- Block off a chunk of time depending on your schedule, ex 2 or 4 hours. Choose one area that is do-able in that time frame. Prep a meal for after as you will be drained. Get stuck in and enjoy the feeling of having made a significant difference. If the area is not finished at the end of the time, book another chunk within 3 days to wrap it up once and for all.
- Have a deadline that is reasonable to have a certain segment of space or category completed. Make realistic steps in order to make it happen instead of setting yourself up for failure.
- Use the services available in your area. If you can afford it, hire a professional organiser to help you through it. We always say it’s important to ask for help – when was the last time you actually did?
A key motivator when you hit a wall is to think about why you are doing this in the first place. Is it for you? Is it for someone else? Reduce stress? Less stimulation? Easier cleaning? More air? Ability to entertain? Time to do what you want?
As always, the choice is yours.