This weekend I experienced by first “snow-situation” as a new resident in Charlotte. I did most things right. I made sure we had plenty of food, including canned goods and bottled water in case we lost power. I stocked up on flash lights and did a blanket inventory. I double checked my dog food supply. I kept abreast of the timing of the storm by following a local meteorologists blog posts. To be honest, I was pretty proud of how well prepared I was given that I’ve lived in California for the last 30 years.
That was until Sunday morning when I realized the snow and ice on the driveway and deck wasn’t going to go away by itself. I had been told by many locals that buying a snow shovel was a waste and to just use salt. Only problem with that? When I read the back of the salt bag (after I brought it home) I discovered you can’t put salt on new concrete. So what I walked out to on Sunday was basically a 4 inch thick layer of a combination of ice and snow. With no tools to get rid of it. And really not much of a clue of how to get it taken care of. Five hours later, using tools that have no business being near concrete or a wood deck, the job was done. I’m just hoping I didn’t do permanent damage to my house. The right procedure and tools would have made a world of difference so lesson learned.
All this made me think of what tools you need to get organized. When you have the proper tools at your disposal the process is easier, less time consuming and frankly, a lot more enjoyable! Set yourself up for success and you might actually *gasp* enjoy the project.
TIME: I won’t lie. Organization takes time. How much time depends on the level and depth of the project. But don’t short change yourself by not devoting the appropriate amount of time to what you want to get done. It’s absolutely fine to divide the project up into a few days or a few weeks. Be realistic with finding that balance between that time you are willing and/or able to give and the end goal of being organized. Make sure you allow yourself time to take breaks so you don’t get burned out and just quit all together!
SPACE: The process of organizing isn’t rocket science: Bring down, purge, sort, put back. But what you do need for this process is space. Ideally you would make the space in the room or area that you are working in. But sometimes, life ain’t perfect. You may need to bring things into a different space in order to properly see and deal with everything at the same time.
PATIENCE: Sometimes the process of organizing doesn’t happen overnight. You may hit some roadblocks and bumps in the road. You may find making decisions stressful or even impossible. The project may take far longer then you had originally estimated. But if you able to take a deep breath, visualize your goal and think about how life will be easier, you’ll be able to get there. Feel like you need the help of an expert? I’m here to help!