How To Quit Making Excuses and Get Organized

How To Quit Making Excuses and Get Organized

Stop the excusesDo you know what the real problem is with getting organized? We have too much stuff! I’m willing to bet that you have some things you (or others in your household) keep without having a good enough reason. Those excuses are keeping you from the goal to get organized.

So why DO we keep so much stuff?

Here’s the thing, it’s easier to find excuses for why you should keep something and delay making a decision rather than making a firm (and sometimes hard) choice to say goodbye to your “stuff”.

Have you heard any of these…

  1. “I might need it someday.” Yes, you might. But most of the items we keep can easily be found or replaced. Lots of men keep every screw and nail created and store it away like a squirrel with his nuts. But what happens is these little tiny items create more clutter and it gets to a point where you can’t find that little screw anyway because it’s like finding a needle in a haystack.
  2. “I’m going to lose some weight and start wearing this again.” I hope if you have a goal to lose weight, you do everything in your power to make it happen. And when you do, I give you permission to go out and buy some brand new clothes. You should be proud and it’s the perfect time to reward yourself. The flip side is when people save larger sized clothes. Your goal should never be to get back in them. By getting rid of the bigger sizes you will be more determined to keep the weight off. Because who really wants to go buy bigger clothes?
  3. “So-and-so gave me this.” Ahhh, the classic. Get over it! More than likely it was a re-gift and no one is coming over your house looking for things that they have given you. With the exception of a mother-in-law or maybe grandma. Keep in mind that when you are given something YOU own it. You can do whatever you please with it. So if you no longer need or want the item you have the right to give it away or throw it away.
  4. “I paid good money for this…thing!” I’m sure you did. But what has more value…this “item” you no longer have any use for or the way you enjoy your house? The item…or your happiness? The item…or your space? Nothing keeps its value. So get that out of your mind. If you no longer use it, get rid of it.
  5. “Oh, I’m just trying to figure out what to do with it…” PROCRASTINATOR! Okay, so maybe it’s not worth holding onto. If it takes that much mental work to figure out what to do with something, you can take a pretty good guess that it may not be worth as much to you as you think. If you can’t figure out what to do with something…it’s a safe bet you won’t miss it too much. There is a lot more value in enjoying your home, your friends and your family than the “stuff” you paid for.

Stop excuses and get organized!

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Self Improvement Month: Get Organized

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Self Improvement Month

Self Improvement WordleThis month is Self Improvement Month. All this month I will do a weekly post to help you improve yourself by getting organized.

Last week we took a home assessment for Self Improvement Month. This week we put that plan into action. This week it is time to get organized!

Look over your home assessment list and let’s get started.

  • You want to first gather your supplies. (Trash bags, boxes, sharpies, etc.)
  • You want to get started in one area first.
  • Sweep through the house organizing according to the plan you wrote out last week.
  • Immediately take out the trash and take the donations to where you have already designated them to go.
  • Start containerizing what you have decided to keep.
  • Put everything in their place. You should already have the designated spots preplanned from your outline last week.

That’s it! You now have completely organized your home. Give yourself a pat on the back and a cup of tea. Now this process can take you several weeks to complete. It’s not like the TV shows you see where everything is tip top in 48 hours. So don’t get discouraged at the length of time it may take to get everything in order. Just keep working your plan and you should have no problem having an organized home in no time.

Next week I will show you how to maintain what you have now put in order. Because maintenance is the key to success.

Until next week…