When do you feel the most energized and awake? Is it in the morning, afternoon, or evening? That answer is when you’ll conjure the most organizing spirit, so use that time to plan your most difficult organizing tasks. Match your tasks to your energy level. By doing this your likelihood of success increases.
Let something go every day. A good way to practice letting go is to do it daily. Here are some ideas to encourage you.
- Take out containers, utensils, condiment packets, straws, and napkins
- Junk mail, outdated catalogues, and other papers like this
- Expired food, old leftovers, stale crackers or chips
- Pens, markers, highlighters that don’t work
- Plastic and paper bags (10 of each is enough)
- All empty boxes
Set up a new habit as an experiment. This allows you to view the process as fun rather than a chore. New habits with a focus on maintaining order are always helpful. Here are two examples of experiments you can try.
- Experiment with collecting the mail daily and seeing how much you can immediately recycle without opening. Set a goal for yourself to recycle at least 10 pieces of mail a week. Keep a tally sheet on the fridge and get the whole family involved. Reward yourself with a family bonfire at the end of the month.
- Experiment with tossing one item a day from your junk drawer (or closet, dresser, medicine cabinet, or toiletries stash). Take a before photo. Do this for one month and take an after photo. How does it look? How much more functional is the drawer? How do you feel about your tossed items? Reward yourself with something fun and please share your before and after photos with me.
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.