January is Get Organized & Be Productive (GO) Month, an annual initiative sponsored by the National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals (NAPO). This month-long event increases general public awareness of what NAPO is and how our members are drivers of change by providing unique services tailored to meet their individual client needs. Empowering individuals, families, businesses, and organizations to regain control over their surroundings, time and possessions.
If you’re like many, “Get Organized” has topped your annual list of New Year’s resolutions for the past five (Okay maybe more like ten) years or so. Every year,starting off with the best of intentions and the greatest ambitions, only to find ourselves in the same cluttered mess by the end of the month. Creating resolutions usually revolves around doing better at something we feel guilty about--clutter,weight, diet - left over the year before. We're just making it through the holidays - and our homes, nerves, and bank accounts reflect it. Honestly, who doesn't dread and resent a goal based on our shame and guilt?
Adjusting our attitude toward cleaning up our homes, and determining the cause of our clutter can help us keep a clean and tidy home year round.
Five Tips to help you stick to your organization resolutions this year.
1. Adjust Your Attitude - Ask yourself: What is the positive result of the resolution? Create a reward system for attaining goal or for each month on track.Use de-cluttering or purging as a meditation: each item has a story or is part of your story, so “thank” the item for the story, close that chapter and move on.Whether you have a lot or a little, be grateful for what you have. This will make passing it on easier and even fulfilling.Find a charity and donate — tax deduction is a bonus!Get your kids involved. Have them fill one box or bag to give away, and let them help pick the charity.
2. Take Small Steps - Set smaller, more attainable goals over time rather than one gigantic goal. Try to declutter one room a month. Do just 10 minutes/one drawer/one shelf/one box per day – sometimes limiting yourself to tiny parcels of time is less intimidating and, therefore, more productive than devoting an entire weekend.
3. Minimize Stuff - Hold yourself accountable for being a conscious consumer. It is so very easy to buy things with teh simple click of a botton. INa nano-second itemaare ordered and delivered to our homes.Consider instituting this rule for getting organized at home: for every new item (toy, earrings, slippers) that arrives, two things can go.
4. Stay Accountable - Find someone to commit to your decluttering goal with, whether it’s one person or a group. Everyone should set a goal — whether it’s a similar or different project — and hold each other accountable. Encourage each other, confess when you fall behind, and celebrate together.
5. Work with a Professional Organizer - They can help you tackle organizational projects around your home. They can help you implement practical organizational strategies that create a functional, cohesive and engaging atmosphere for your family to live in. Professional Organizers help coach you through the organizational process and teach you the tricks of the trade to help you sustain your organizer after the organizer leaves.
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