There are 2 words I’d like you to eliminate from your vocabulary while organizing. They are:
Do you think you can do that?
You can no longer say “I should get rid of this.” Instead say, “I will get rid of this.”
You can no longer say “But I might need that someday.” Instead say, I won’t need this in the future, and if I do I’ll get an updated version.
Put stuff away instead of leaving it out as a reminder or action prompt. One exception to this rule is if you’re going to take action within 12 hours. For example it’s a good idea to place your theater tickets for tonight’s performance on the kitchen table so you remember them, but it’s not a good idea to leave your sweater that needs to be mended on your dresser. I’d recommend that you put your sweater in a mending box and write on your calendar when you want to take care of it.
Do you love your stuff? If you don’t love it or use it, LOSE it!
Unfortunately during this pandemic many donation drop off locations are closed. So it is a bit more difficult to get rid of your unwanted things. My most recent blog, How To Get Rid of Stuff will provide you with some options and resources. Please stay healthy.
Organizing is a skill that anyone can learn. However, just like any skill, some people pick it up more easily and quickly than others. How would you go about learning a new skill, like playing a musical instrument or learning a foreign language? You’d take lessons, read books and practice, practice, practice. That’s what we have to do to learn and get better at organizing, PRACTICE!