Organizing is the number two New Year’s resolution after loosing weight. Both goals are a downsizing of sorts.
That is probably why the National Association of Professional Organizers designated January as Get Organized Month.
Organized does not mean ‘perfect’ but it will help to lower your stress and make it easier to find what you are looking for.
This is a great time to select an area in your home to get more organized.
Be realistic – and cautious – in planning your goals. You are more likely to succeed if you start out trying to organize one room, one closet or even one drawer.
Create a plan in writing, describing each goal and your steps to get there. Choose a certain day/time per week to work on your steps and write it on your calendar.
For big projects, get help from a friend or professional organizer. Trained organizers save you lots of time and recommend improvements you may not have considered.
Make yourself accountable. Tell others your home-revision goals. Then, when someone asks: “How’s your home organizing going?” you can smile and tell your success story.
Tracking progress is easier when keeping a detailed journal and/or taking periodic photos.
Keep working on new ways of organizing for at least 3 to 4 weeks, which is how long behavior experts say it takes to change old ways. Set a reward for yourself to spur you toward completion.