Congratulations! By just reading this blog post you’ve taken an important step in wanting to better yourself and your life by creating an organizing habit. Maybe you’re tired of never being able to find anything in your pantry or sick of the extra time cleaning your home takes because of the clutter. Whatever the reason, I’m glad you’re here.
I won’t lie…creating a habit around organizing does take some work. That habit may take some weeks to develop. But once it is developed it becomes a second nature that you won’t even need to give a second thought. Trust me, I’ve been there. When I moved into my new home, it came with an alarm system. I was convinced I’d forget to turn it off when I came home and would send the police rushing to my door (see how dramatic I got there?). The solution: I put sticky notes on the door reminding myself to turn the alarm off after I had come inside. It took a couple of weeks but now I shut it off without even thinking about it.
Here are some helpful tips and tricks to help you start your journey:
START SMALL: Small and simple is the theme here. Try one or two habits at most. In fact, I’d strongly recommend only one but I don’t want to get in the way of you over achievers out there. It could be as simple as hanging up your clothes at the end of the day or cleaning up the living room clutter before you go to bed. If the new habit is a big one, break it down into small parts and continue to add to it as you go along. You’ll achieve the same end result without the frustration!
USE REMINDERS: Put it in your calendar, use a sticky note (like I did!), add an alarm. Set yourself up for success by reminding your brain of what needs to be done.
ASK FOR HELP: Engage your family, spouse or roommate in your plan. This is an EXCELLENT time to teach kids the power of organizing. A good habit learned as a child will easily carry over into the rest of their lives. Find a friend who is also hoping to make a change and help each other by being accountability partners via quick texts or a phone call!
BE PATIENT AND KIND: As I said, learning a new habit takes time. And patience. You might slip up…who cares! The point is you are making tremendous strides to better your life. Be encouraging to yourself, YOU WILL GET THERE. If you find yourself getting side-tracked, take a moment to visualize how this new habit will make your life better and give you more time for the fun in life!