Motivation to Organize

Helpful Organizer Newsletter – October 2014
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Hi  Janine,

Happy autumn!  Do the chilly temperatures motivate you to organize the garage so your car will fit in during the winter months?  Or maybe they encourage you to venture into the attic, and reduce some of the items that have been collecting?  If so, I’d like to see your before and after photos and hear about your project.  Please share.

Motivation to Organize

If however, you need more motivation to start an organizing project or to spend more effort organizing, I’d like to offer a few suggestions.

Suggestion #1:  Make an organizing appointment with someone who will hold you accountable.  Someone who will sincerely help and not criticize or bully.

Suggestion #2:  Schedule time to organize when you’re at your peak.  If you’re not a morning person, schedule time to organize at 8:00PM, not 8:00AM.

Suggestion #3:  Give yourself a deadline.  This works for me when I need to clean my house.  If I schedule a get together at my house for Friday night, I know I’ll get my house cleaned before then.

Do you have a motivation tactic that works for you?  Please share.

Preparing for Cold Weather

Chilly temperatures always prompt me to make seasonal changes.  Listed below are a few I thought you might find helpful.
1.  Make a clear path to the furnace, boiler, or oil tank.
2.  Swap out summer clothing for the cold weather gear.
3.  Pack up the beach items and pool toys.
4.  Stow the bicycles securely and safely.
5.  Air out the winter blankets and warm lap quilts.
6.  Make room for hats, mittens, scarves and winter boots by the back door.
7.  Pack away the grill tools and cover the grill.
8.  Clean out the garage so the cars fit inside.
9.  Stow deck furniture in the shed or garage.
10.  Make sure outside lights are working for the long winter nights ahead.


Janine Cavanaugh, CPO®

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