I have spent a lot of time thinking of how I was going to achieve my more “organized life” and have decided that my home needs to go on a diet. The more I thought about what I needed to do to organize my home, the more I was reminded of the principals that we follow when we go on a typical diet to lose weight.
Getting Organized is all about changing our habits. Just as we have to develop new eating and exercise habits to lose weight, we need to develop new habits to create a clean and organized home. These will become part of our typical day to day activities and will eventually, become our regular routine. Doing a 14 day or 30 day organization challenge is a great kickstart but if we don’t change our old habits, it will not be long before the chaos returns. Unfortunately, it takes a lot of work and time to change those habits. In order to stick with it, we need to start small and gradually build on the habits that we are forming. It may take some trial and error and a few tweaks here and there but, with a plan in place, we can change those bad habits and replace them with organized new ones! We must get rid of the excuses.
I have come to the conclusion that I will never have any more time or any more energy than I have now. This is what I’ve got and I need to make the most of it. This plan can easily be tailored to whatever you want it to be – give it 15 minutes a day, a couple of hours per week, or 5 hours per month. Anything that you do will be better than doing nothing! Just get started – NO EXCUSES!
We always need some kind of internal motivation to drive us to do something new and challenging. The benefits always have to outweigh the bad. Like losing weight, I think many of us start out on these re-organization projects with so much gusto that we quickly burn ourselves out and give up. The bad quickly outweighs the good and we shut down. With this project, I am hoping to take things slowly, at a very manageable pace, so that we can always keep the “good” in mind – having more time to relax and spend time with our families, being more patient with our children, creating a calmer life. Think of what your own personal rewards will be and use them to keep you motivated. Focus on what you have done rather than what you still want to do.
My project will officially be starting on Monday, January 7 and I would LOVE to have you join me! Whether you are living in disorganized chaos or just need a few little tweaks here and there, this project can work for you. Basically we will be tackling one room or one major project per month. At the beginning of each month there will be a printable To-Do list covering what specific tasks I will be working on for the month. You can take out what you don’t need to do or add in anything extra that you would like to accomplish in that space. Some of you might want to do a little each day and others will do a few things once or twice per week. It is totally up to you! I will also be posting lots of other inspirational organization ideas that I have come across relating to that particular space. As we work our way through the year we will develop a regular deep cleaning and organization plan to continue with in the years to come. There really is no end to this project – it is all about slowly developing new habits and continuously building on those habits to create a more organized and peaceful home.
UPDATE: The Household Organization Diet will once again be back in 2015!! The first post will be up December 31 and we begin bright and early on January 1! I have created a Pinterest Board exclusively for all of the Household Organization Diet projects. If you are just getting started, just join in on the current month. You can either go back to do past months if you have extra time or just wait until that month rolls around again!