Friday, January 7, 2011
Getting Organized in the New Year
January is GO Month! Huh, what’s that?, you might ask. It’s Get Organized Month as sponsored by the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). And it’s no big surprise since a recent study by Harris Interactive and Intermedia showed that getting organized is the number one New Year’s resolution.
That sounds great, doesn’t it? “I’m going to get organized this year” rolls right off your tongue. Dreams of coordinated containers, closet systems and a clean garage may be floating through your head at this very moment. But wait, you say, how do I get from my junked up, cluttered kitchen counter to the vision of organized loveliness I have in my head? Maybe your entire house or office is out of control and the thought of transforming it into a peaceful, organized haven is lovely, but seemingly unattainable.
I’m here to tell you to first, take a deep breath. Second, really think about your vision and whether it fits into your lifestyle. I, too, would love a kitchen that has leapt from the pages of Martha Stewart Living, but I have two children, a very busy husband and a very busy schedule. It’s just not going to happen! I’ve come to terms with that. What I have done is arranged my kitchen and its contents in a way that is conducive for storing and retrieving the things I need as well as making it a place where we like to hang out and live! It’s not perfect but it’s just right for us.
Thirdly, realize that your desk, house, closet, garage, junk drawer didn’t fall into clutter in just one day so don’t expect it to magically change in an hour. So start small. Take 15 minutes to toss the trash from the junk drawer or put all your blouses together in the closet. Little steps when added together make a huge difference!
Finally, remember that this is your New Year’s resolution, not a day’s resolution. Take your time, attack your organizing project a little at a time and if you still need some help or encouragement, engage a friend to be your clutter buddy or even hire a professional organizer. You can find a local professional organizer at http://www.napo.net/ .
Happy New Year and Happy Organizing!