Thursday, January 15, 2009

just get started

Do you know the number one organization problem for many people when?

GETTING STARTED!!!!!

Taking that first step often is the hardest but if you can do it…it will make all the difference.

Even the thought or idea of getting organized can be overwhelming for some people…but remember you shouldn’t aim for perfect when starting out.

I saw and episode of 'Oprah' about organizing and woman said she was a perfectionist. She wouldn't put anything away until she had the perfect place for it. Unfortunately perfection is impossible and as a result her house was in total chaos.

If you can motivate yourself to take the first step…you will be on your way to a more organized home and life. Here are some tips to help you get started:

• Pick one room and work on organizing that room until it is finished (the office)
• Pick one place in that room to start (the desk)
• Work from top to bottom and right to left (first clear off the top of the desk then work down through the drawers)
• Set a timer for 15 or 20 minutes so you don’t burn yourself out. If you want to go longer…great! Just remember, it doesn’t all have to be done today!
• Be prepared to get rid of lots of stuff. Have separate bags and boxes ready for “trash” “donations” “friends” “school” etc.
• Have an accountability partner to “check up” on you and ask how your progress is coming along.

Keep these ideas in mind and get started today. Even 15 minutes will make a big difference over time!

For more organizing ideas, visit my website: www.andreadekker.com

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