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How to get motivated to organize?

What is motivation? The dictionary definition is “the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way” and “the general desire or willingness of someone to do something”.

What are your reasons for organizing? We all have different reasons. Why do you want to get organized now?  Why work on this particular organizing project now? Take a few minutes to think of your why. It will help you now and in the future. Here are some reasons that I hear often.Room in need of organizing help.

  1. To find things when they need them
  2. To have a home for things so it’s easier to put them away
  3. To spend less time hunting for things
  4. To have less piles and mess
  5. To have less stress

How much desire or willingness do you have to organize? If you have no desire to organize, it could be a result of many things, but I’ve found that it has a lot to do with a person’s perception. Here are some examples that I’ve come across.

  • Perception that organizing is boring, tedious, not fun
  • Perception that the project requires too much effort, time, stamina
  • Perception that we don’t have the right know-how, skill or resources

So how can we get motivated to organize, especially if we’re lacking desire and willingness? Here are my recommendations.

  1. Know your why. Ask what is worth doing or doing with help? Good motivation comes from feeling that what you’re doing matters.Room after 2 hours of organizing help.
  2. Adjust your perception. A positive mindset allows us to bring our best effort. Picture yourself successfully finishing your organizing project.
  3. Create immediate rewards for your efforts. What happens after our efforts influences the likelihood that we’ll keep it up.
  4.  Ask yourself what is the most laughably do-able first step. If you’re still having trouble, the first step is too big.
  5. Do something, anything. It’s better than taking no action at all. Stress comes from thinking about our project, not the project itself. If it’s important for you to get it done, you’ll find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.
  6. Start by sorting and categorizing.

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Happy Organizing in 2020!

Wishing you a very happy new year!

How are you? Is your new year off to a good start? I hope so. Although I’ve had a bit of a head cold, I’m gearing up for a great year. This January marks my 12th year in business and I thank you for your support and patronage throughout the years.

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2 Most Important Questions to Ask When De-cluttering

Organizing tipWhen de-clutering there are two important questions that will help you create order quickly and effectively.

  1. What decisions need to be made about this clutter?
  2. What actions need to be taken in regards to this clutter?

Organizing with My Clients

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Who’s taking a summer vacation? Mine is planned.

  

 
 

I’m looking forward to some rest and relaxation. I’ll be on vacation from August 9th to August 25th.

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Hi  Janine,
Hope all is well with you, and I hope that summer is on it’s way. I’m ready for sunshine and visits to the beach. In this newsletter I wanted to share more details about how I work with my clients and my price increase. The two articles below provide more details about my organizing consultation and my organizing process with clients. The price increase will take affect once I return from vacation, August 25th. I will be increasing my hourly rate by $10.00 per hour. If you have questions regarding how I work with my clients or the price increase please contact me by email or call me directly at 508-699-6652.

What happens during an organizing consultation?
Below are some questions that I typically ask while doing an on-site consultation. Based on the answers I ask more questions in order to get a complete picture of how I can best assist.
1. How are you feeling about having me here and showing me your home?
2. What is your goal for your home?
3. How long have you lived here? How long has your home been like this?
4. Do you want to reduce? If so, by how much?
5. What bothers you the most about your home?
6. What is your biggest stumbling block when you organize?
7. How difficult is it for you to get rid of things? What steps do you take to get rid of them?
8. How difficult is it for you to make decisions on what to keep or not to keep?
9. How good are you at maintaining order once it’s established?
10. How would you like me to help you? What do you consider my role?
11. Ideally, what would your home look like?
12. Are you willing to put in the necessary time and effort to organize?

If you want to organize on your own, think objectively and ask yourself these questions. The answers will help you plan your organizing strategy.

What are the Organizing Steps I use with my clients?
Here are the organizing steps I use.
1. Pick a target area.
2. Tackle the floor and flat surfaces first.
3. Sort like items together into categories and label each category.
4. Go through each category and decide what stays and what goes.
5. Get rid of what goes as soon as possible.
6. Decide where to put the items that are staying, even if it’s a temporary place until you can address the target area it will be in.
7. Pick another target area and repeat steps 2 through 6.
The work definitely goes faster when another person is present and physically helping you. If that person is me I also provide input, possible resources, support for decisions, and knowledge of donation and recycling options. My physical presents also helps hold you accountable to do the work, helps you stay focused and on task, and helps you make decisions more quickly and objectively. If you’d like more details I’d be happy to have a conversation.
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Janine Cavanaugh, CPO®
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Helpful Organizer Newsletter January 2019

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Celebrating
11 years in business
in 2019!
 
 
Thank you for supporting me and my business. I’m pleased to be celebrating my 11th year in business. A special thank you to all my clients both past and present. I value and appreciate your trust, collaboration

and fortitude.

 
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      Happy New Year! How are you? What does your 2019 have in store for you? Any plans to organize, reduce, and let go of stuff? If so, I’d like to hear about your plans, please email me. This year I’m excited to plan a town recycling event and to embrace minimalism.

Closet Clean Out
Did you know the best day to clean a closet is laundry day? On laundry day everything you like is in the laundry being washed and your least-favorite items are still in your closet. So, this is the perfect time to make decisions on what hasn’t been worn.
Did you know that we wear 20% of what we own 80% of the time? Laundry day is the best day to scrutinize that unworn 80% and consider giving some(or all) of it away.
Therefore, on your next laundry day, I’d like to encourage you to be decisive about your unworn clothes, while your favorite clothes are spinning and rinsing. If you need some help deciding what to keep and what to let go of, below are a few more articles that will offer some guidelines and direction.
Please share with me your results.

Resources for Less
In keeping with the theme of reducing the amount of clothing we have, I’d like to introduce you to Project 333 by Courtney Carver. It is the minimalist fashion challenge that invites you to dress with 33 items or less for 3 months. I have not personally done this challenge, but I continually weed through my closet and practice seasonal purging of my wardrobe. If you try Project 333 I’d love to hear about your experience. Please share.
I feel like I must mention the hot topic of Marie Kondo who is the author of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. She has a new Netflix series that is creating a lot of buzz. All I want to say is that if it works for you, do it, but if it doesn’t that’s okay!
From,

Janine Cavanaugh, CPO®
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I’d sincerely appreciate a review:

       

If you’ve worked with me in any capacity, I’d be grateful for a review.  Simply click on this link and answer 2 questions.  Thank you and happy organizing!