The first step is the hardest and then you just have to keep moving. How do you motivate yourself to begin the organizing process?
Set up a time
Pick a day and time to start organizing. Stick to your schedule. Look forward to that time, because when you are finished you will feel a sense of relief and accomplishment.
Music can help motivate
Listening to upbeat music or an audio book can make the organizing process go easier. Use headphones or just play music from your phone. (If you put your phone in a glass cup or bowl, it will magnify the sound without distorting it much.) Of course, wireless headphones are the best because you don’t have to worry about the cord. Please don’t go buy them if you don’t already own a set.
Get supplies together
You’ll need a few things that you certainly already have around the house. These supplies will help you as you sort and organize your belongings. It’s a good idea to locate them before you get started. Don’t buy anything on this list, you can make do with what you have.
- Pen, a Sharpie, if you have one: for marking boxes or other containers
- Zip lock bags: to store small items
- Rubber bands: to group small items
- Note cards or paper: to make signs for each sorting category
- Cleaner and/or cleaning wipes: to clean once a drawer or other container is empty
- Scissors: you never know when you might need them
- Labels: to label storage or donation containers
- Don’t strive for perfection
You might get close, but you will never have a perfect home with perfect kids and a perfect spouse. Don’t stress yourself about being perfect.
Think about your comfort, safety and health. You want to be able to live in comfort without being overwhelmed by your belongings. Be organized to keep your home safe, with no clutter that will become a fall hazard. Stay healthy without breathing in dust from the stacks of clutter. When you are comfortable, safe and healthy, it’s a good place to be. Strive for that as you motivate yourself.
Newton’s First Law says, “An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion…” As long as you do nothing, you will probably continue to do nothing and the clutter will keep accumulating. But start organizing and you become an object in motion and nothing can stop you!
If you need help getting organized in your home, contact me. I’m happy to help you however I can.