Why Be Organized

January is GO Month

January 1, 2016
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January is designated as GO Month, Get Organized Month, by the National Association of Professional Organizers. It being the the beginning of the year it’s natural for most people to take a look around and assess what needs to be done around the house or office. That’s the first small step. Actually doing something is always where people get stuck. ‘Where do I start?”

I say just start. For some that is the easiest and best way to do things. Some people have the ability to just dive in. Most people are not hardwired that way.If you want to feel less overwhelmed by the idea of purging then start small. Starting in the garage or the closet where you can barely open the door without things falling out is not realistic. If the prospect of purging and re-organizing just baffles you, then start small.

Lately my thing has been to take one drawer or cabinet at a time. Instead of doing the entire kitchen, I chose a cabinet that has become an eyesore to me.

  • I took max 15 minutes to do this. I took out things to see more easily what I had and then re-arranged what was going to stay.
  • I put things away where they ‘belong’.
  • I threw some things away. This is based on the idea that I don’t find them useful, they are chipped, broken or have become asthectically unattractive to me.
  • I have a place or otherwise known as a ‘home’ for everything. Sometimes things just don’t make it to their home.This is the time to put those items in their home.
  • Boom done, one area is looking good.

I was keeping my husband company in the kitchen the other day while he was cooking dinner. I went looking for the tape roller to get some dog hair off my clothes. The roller wasn’t in the drawer, but I couldn’t have been happier then to find time to straighten out 2 drawers that had become somewhat disorganized. Seriously I cleaned out and purged these 2 drawers in 10 or 15 minutes.

I’m probably just like you…I don’t want to take hours to clean out the kitchen, or any other room. I’m finding that it is much more palatable to do it in sections. The hard part for me is to stop once I get going.

When you’re done take a minute to look at what you accomplished. It’s a good feeling, enjoy the moment.

Are you having a difficult time motivating yourself to clear clutter, especially after the exhausting holiday season?

I have a suggestion: d​o it to help others.​ Sometimes it’s much easier to do things that will benefit others than to do things that are good for us.

I suggest that you pick a charity or organization that resonates with you and donate to them. For instance a local women’s shelter. Your willingness to unload things that hasn’t served you may motivate you in ways that surprise you. When you realize how much you could make a difference with clutter clearing, the rate of deciding to let go of things shoot up exponentially. No longer is there hesitation and hemming and hawing about what to do with items. They were going to help “the ladies.”

January is Get Organized (GO) month,​so designated by the National Association of Professional Organizers. Why not motivate yourself to tackle your clutter by doing some good in your community?

This month I’ve partnered with ​Alpha Thrift. I’​m encouraging everyone to donate to Alpha Thrift, or a similar organization wherever you live. When you do that, you’ll be supporting their job skill/job placement programs for people who have physical and mental barriers to employment. If you live in the Santa Barbara area, you can also learn more by attending one of my in­store seminars this month.​

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