When was the last time you thumbed through a magazine or perused Pinterest lusting over the gorgeous closets, the perfect pantries and the entryway that leave you guessing where they put their shoes? I am willing to guess it inspired you, thinking, I could have an entryway like that all I need to do is organize it. You are partly correct.
The organizing process has four main steps:
You will notice there are two steps before getting to the fun part – organizing – putting the pieces back together in an organized and beautiful arrangement that you can then maintain and feel joy from. However, if you skip the first two steps, sort and edit, you are just rearranging clutter, moving one piece from here to there and I am willing to bet creating a space that might look tidier, but is no more organized than what you started with and will not be a space that sparks joy or is easy to maintain. In essence you are wasting your time! Stop wasting your time.
Organizing can be overwhelming. Give yourself the space and time necessary to complete a project. Set realistic expectations – an hour or even a half hour. See how you feel after that time. If you need to stop for the day and start again, don’t judge or beat yourself up. Put away what you are working on and start the next time. For more about embracing the organizing process check out this blog I wrote about “Enjoying the Organizing Process”.
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