Don’t Expect Progress Without An Organizing Plan
By Noreen Music | Freedom Fridays , Organizing Tips
Do you struggle with clutter and disorganization?
Are you frustrated by not getting things done?
Is it overwhelming to think about creating an organizing plan?
Have you always wanted to make progress on clearing your clutter?
You need an organizing plan.
Don't Expect Progress Without An Organizing Plan
Decluttering and organizing takes planning, determination, and commitment to see your home transformed.
Don't expect progress without an organizing plan.
When you make the decision to eliminate the clutter and disorganization that frustrates and overwhelms you, upfront thought and planning are key to transform your space once and for all.
By creating an organizing plan, the likelihood of making progress and completing all of your projects over time improves.
Elements of An Organizing Plan
Step One: COMMIT
Commit to do something about it – this is an important first step.
Remember to take before and after photos to keep track of your progress and to keep you motivated!
Step Two: GOALS
Think about your goals and how you want your spaces to look and feel as you move about in your home.
Plan your spaces to serve you and how you want to live.
Come back to your organizing plan if your motivation wavers and you need a little push to keep going.
Step Three: DECIDE
Decide in advance where you want your unwanted items to go.
There are a lot of options for donation, online selling, consignment, or landfill (as a last resort).
We have done most of the research for you here on our DIY resources page.
Step Four: START IN ONE AREA
Begin with a manageable project such as your junk drawer, linen closet or bookshelf.
Or you can start with your top 3 most important areas to declutter and rank the rest of your rooms or areas from highest to lowest.
You can rank whole rooms or areas within rooms to break it down in more manageable chunks.
Step Five: TOOLS
Ensure you have what you need to start.
Items such as boxes (donate/sell/keep/doesn’t belong), garbage bags for trash & recycling, and cleaning supplies.
Step Six: GET HELP
Ask a friend or family member to help or hire a professional organizer.
Step Seven: BOOK TIME
Book 2-3-hour blocks of time in your calendar when you typically have the most energy to ensure you stay on track and accomplish the projects you want done.
Even 20-30 minutes each time will go a long way over time.
Step Eight: REDUCE DISTRACTIONS
Reduce distractions – get a babysitter, put the dog in another room, turn off your phone/TV, make sure no one is dropping by.
Music to get you pumped up is totally okay though!
Step Ten: CELEBRATE
Celebrate your hard work on your decluttering journey and enjoy the freedom of living with less!
Once you have completed your organizing projects, it is important to assess and evaluate how your new organizational systems are working for you based on your original organizing plan.
Tweak if need be.
We Are Here to Help
Do you need more help from a Professional Organizer to create a unique organizing plan for you? Use the comment box below to connect with me.
As an organizing expert I help clients through the organizing process with an expertly prepared plan. I will share with you all of my insider tips and tools so you can become free from the clutter and disorganization that causes you stress.
Need more inspiration? Check out our posts on 7 Tips to Conquer Your Clutter and How to Organize Any S.P.A.C.E.
We are here to help you find renewed freedom and passion in your life.
All you need is an organizing plan to make progress!
Find your freedom.
Live your life.