Tuesday, February 17, 2009

how do you know if you're organized

How often do you wonder if you are making any progress at all in your organizing journey? Many times, we fail to recognize how much progress we really have made. Whether you have been working at organizing your home for days, weeks, months or even years, you have made progress. At times, it is measured in baby steps and at times, it is measured in leaps and bounds. The most important word in the statement above is `progress'. If you have put forth any effort at all, you have made progress! Here are some easy ways to tell when you are in an organized home:

1. You can direct someone else to something and they find it.
2. Preparing for taxes no longer takes a month or longer to find all of the paperwork.

3. You know what is at hand for meal planning.

4. You do not have to wonder who has to be where, when.
5. You are able to entertain with minimal preparation.
6. You no longer suffer from CHAOS: “Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome”
7. Clean up takes a few minutes here and a few minutes there.

8. Your flat surfaces stay clear.
9. You can move freely from room to room in the dark.
10. You have time to enjoy hobbies and other activities that renew, refresh, and reinvigorate you.
11. You whole family can get ready and out the door in less than one hour every day.
12. You no longer have duplicates or triplicates (pictures, tools, craft supplies).
13. Putting groceries away doesn't involve an entire afternoon 'finding room'.
14. You no longer have to pay late fees for
DVD rentals or fines for overdue library books.
15. Getting dressed for work or school is no longer an agonizing decision or an aerobic exercise.

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