When you imagine an organized home do you picture it where everything is pristine, in its place and there's not even a speck of dust or an out-of-place pencil in the place?
When you think of a professional organizer, do you have a picture of a person who always does everything right and lives in a space even Martha Stewart would be jealous of?
Does this make you feel like you don't even have a prayer to get organized and you've tried before and it failed so why bother even trying?
Do you know why your previous efforts have failed? Simply because perfectionism and organizing don't mix. Perfectionism is just a great way to sabotage your own efforts and give up. What I love about organizing is that it's about finding out who you are right now underneath all the clutter. It's about finding your voice and your true and being yourself and each person has their own version of what that is. It's also about making your life easier, not more complicated. With these thoughts in mind, I wanted to share with you some thoughts that I think end up convincing people to never start organizing but if you knew the truth, you just might think you can:
1. I know where everything is and can find it within a minute or two.
This is mostly true- the reason I do this is because I don't like wasting time searching for my stuff but that doesn't mean I know exactly where everything is to the point of military precision. I know the general area because I put similar items together so if it's something I rarely use, it will take me a moment or two to find it. That's okay. It's when it takes you 10 or more minutes that you're wasting time and energy. I just don't like feeling frustrated when I can't find something so I choose to create systems that help me find what I need easily. You can too and it won't be hard.
2. There is zero clutter in my home.
Ha! Once again, ha! As I write this, there is clutter on my coffee table that will probably stay there for another few days. Why? Because I'm still using all of the items and because I don't care. It doesn't look horrible, it doesn't stress me out and I'm not expecting visitors. Organizing is about finding a comfort level for ME and those I live with, not for someone else who doesn't live with me to put their judgments on what I choose to surround myself with and how much of it I choose to keep. I choose to organize because at the bottom of it, I find the best of me and that is something I can easily live with and feel happy about.
3. There is only one way to organize.
No, absolutely not and if that were true, I'd never have become an organizer because I'd be bored out of my mind with the lack of creativity. Learning the tools of organizing means you find ways to look for systems to set up so that you can make life easier for yourself and you don't have to repeat the same process over and over. It also means that you learn to become more in tune with your priorities and you choose what matters most to you and leave the rest without feeling guilty. At the end of the day, you find the true you at the bottom of your clutter and you keep what matters to you and learn how to safely, happily and without guilt, let the rest go.
4. I'll have to give up what I love.
Here's what you actually have to give up: patterns and habits that sabotage you from achieving success, the stress and frustration of not finding something, losing time and money because you couldn't find that thing you wanted, feeling stressed and overwhelmed in your own home, and looking at things you really dislike but keep for some reason. My method is about keeping what you love, while letting go of whatever isn't serving you because it leads to happiness, increased energy and a way less stressful, difficult life. That's why I stick with it because I don't like complicating my life anymore than it already is. It's that simple.
While the thought of clearing out clutter may be daunting to many of you, it's really a matter of knowing some basic first steps towards creating a brand new life. It's about deciding once and for all that you're more important than your stuff and it's about reclaiming your time, money and choosing you. Let me ask you this: would you rather be on a tropical island right now enjoying yourself or back at home trying to locate your passport? If you need more help, more information or just like visiting websites: http://www.ackorganizing.com.