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Monday, February 02 2015
WHEN THE ORGANIZING TRAIN HAS DERAILED

Have you found during your lifetime that you have been organized and other times not?  It is very common but can be frustrating. When your organizing train has derailed, how do you get back on track?  

Here are a few recommendations:

1.  When feeling overwhelmed and frustrated and just not sure where to begin, don't try to take on the whole project at one time. Make a list of the things you need to do to accomplish a task or project and do one step at a time.  Stay focused on a particular task and it will get done before you know it.  

2.  Get the family onboard. Have a family meeting that focuses on the tasks that need to be accomplished and determine who will be responsible for those tasks and when.  You can set a time each day for everyone to help get organized.  For example, at 7:00 p.m. every night, everyone will spend 15 minutes putting things where they belong.  Creating a reward system for the kids is a great motivational tool.  

3. Taking that sentimental journey can cause the organizing train to be delayed. If you find that you are having trouble parting with belongings, keep in mind that holding onto belongings for the wrong reasons can create clutter.  There is no need to suffer from "Gift Guilt".  Set a timer to go through the items in small segments.  Determine what is most important to you and only keep those items that mean something special to you.  If you have inherited items, be sure that they mean as much to you as the person who passed them onto you intended. When your emotions are involved, it can be more difficult to part with items but be selective. Considering donating the items you choose not to keep to a charity so someone else can make use of them.  

4.  Stop drowning in paper.  Your computer can be a huge paper clutter eliminating machine!  Instead of a large paper filing system, consider purchasing a scanner and scan documents into your computer.  Setting a limit on how much space you allow for certain paperwork will help, as well.  Paper is something that is constantly coming through the door.  You need to create a system that can easily be maintained.  You need to go through your mail and other paperwork on a regular basis.  

5.  Someday Syndrome.  Do you keep telling yourself "I will get to it someday"?  If so, you have what I call "Someday Syndrome". If you find that you are having trouble getting started with becoming organized, perhaps you should consider contacting a professional organizer.  A good organizer will help you identify the reason you are collecting and hanging onto your stuff and can customize a plan to get you onto the train to success!  

There is no need for your organizing train to continue to be derailed.  Get back on track.  If you are having difficulty doing it on your own, I am here to help.  Contact me and let's talk about what is going on and I can explain how I can help.

In the meantime, have a great day!

  

Posted by: Audrey Cupo AT 09:12 am   |  Permalink   |  9 Comments  |  Email
Comments:
I love suggestion #2, since so many of us Moms feel as though it is our sole responsibility to keep the train in the track. It should be a group effort when it comes to maintaining the household!
Posted by Natalie on 02/07/2015 - 11:17 AM
Definitely agree with getting the family on board, it makes it a whole lot easier.
Posted by Jill Robson on 02/07/2015 - 11:21 AM
Thanks Natalie! I work with busy moms most of the time and find that they feel responsible for everything. I teach them that the house is a shared place that all members of the household need to be responsible for keeping it under control. Good lesson to teach the kids!
Posted by Audrey Cupo on 02/07/2015 - 11:30 AM
I like getting the family involved. You're not the inky one that makes the mess in the house.
Posted by Margarita Ibbott @DownshiftingPRO on 02/07/2015 - 12:12 PM
Nice metaphor. There are so many situations and eventualities that can derail the train. I so agree with just getting started and focusing on one step at a time. Looking at a huge mess can be intimidating! (visiting from Blogging Organizers)
Posted by Seana Turner on 02/07/2015 - 01:15 PM
Your explanation of "gift guilt" is excellent, especially "If you have inherited items, be sure that they mean as much to you as the person who passed them onto you intended." When my mom passed away, I kept things because she had kept them so it seemed that to get rid of them was dishonoring her in some way. I've since managed to let some of them go, but there are probably a few things tucked away in my "treasure box" that don't really merit a spot in my home.
Posted by Janet Barclay on 02/07/2015 - 02:34 PM
I love what you say in #2 about everyone spending 15 minutes putting things away at the end of the day. I think I'm going to try that. I'm tired of putting the kiddies to bed and then finding their socks under the couch! Great advice!
Posted by Stacey Agin Murray on 02/07/2015 - 09:35 PM
Thanks Janet. Everyone suffers from some form of "gift guilt". I teach my clients to put it into perspective so they can move forward with eliminating what does not serve them.
Posted by Audrey on 02/08/2015 - 08:29 AM
Thanks Stacey. Glad you find this tip so helpful. Let me know how you make out.
Posted by Audrey on 02/08/2015 - 08:31 AM

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