Self Improvement Month: Embrace Change & Keep It Going

This entry is part 4 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 you took your home assessment and put it into action by getting your home organized. Or at the very least getting the process started. Since this is the last week and actually the last day of the month I want to leave you with some parting tips for embracing change and keeping your organizing efforts going.

The question I get asked the most by clients is “how do I keep it organized once I get it done?” And the answer I always give is you have to do a little everyday to keep everything maintained. So here are 5 quick and easy tips to keep your home organized once you get it there.

5 Tips for Staying Organized

  1. Spend 15 minutes at the end of the day putting everything where it belongs. Just that small amount of time will keep things from piling up again and becoming overwhelming.
  2. Once a month pick a place to purge. This can either be your files, your magazines, your clothes, etc. Just go through and get rid of or donate what you no longer use or want.
  3. Re-evaluate your organizing plan every 6 months. Take time to list what is working and what did not work during the last 6 months. Make adjustments accordingly.
  4. Don’t bring in anything new until you get rid of something old. Don’t organize your home just to clutter it back up. If you want new shoes then make sure you donate a pair or two before you go get more.
  5. Don’t beat yourself up if you fall off the organizing train. It happens to the best of us. Just start again from where you are at and keep pressing on.

I hope that these past few weeks have helped you to formulate a plan and get organized and helped with your self improvement process. Let me know what you got accomplished this month in the comments below

To your success!

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…

Self Improvement Month: Home Assessment

This entry is part 2 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 and get organized.

Last week for Self Improvement Month we talked about doing a self assessment. This week we will do a home assessment. Before you can get organized you have to find out what the problem is. Below are 5 steps to do a home assessment.

5 Steps To A Home Assessment:

  1. Identify what is not working.
  2. Identify what is working.
  3. Set a goal for what you want done or changed.
  4. Write out your plan and present to your family to get all involved.
  5. Identify what can go and what needs to stay. Calculate how much space you have to work with.

Write all of these things down and put it somewhere that you will be able to find it. You will need this for next week when we put this plan into action.

Until next week…

 

Self Improvement Month: Self Assessment

This entry is part 1 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 and get organized.

This week’s post is Self Assessment. Take time this week to do a self inventory of what you want to improve about yourself. Before you can get your house in order you must first get you in order.

Here are 5 things you can do to assess yourself.

  1. Look at why you do what you do. What do you think contributes to the disorganization you are experiencing?
  2. Identify your weaknesses. What can you improve on? What will you need help with?
  3. Identify your strengths. What are you really good at?
  4. Set a personal goal for improvement. What do you want to improve about you personally and by when?
  5. Forgive and let go. Mental clutter contributes to home clutter. By letting go of past hurts and moving toward the future you free up your mind and therefore can focus on organizing your home with a clearer head.

Next week we will talk about doing a home assessment. Until then take what you have learned about yourself and make the necessary adjustments.