Guest post from Mystie Winckler
Did you make a resolution to get more organized this year? Do you feel like a failure already? I’ve been through the cycle of organizing binges to circumstance-induced chaos to organizing purges and on again to self-discipline failures so many times myself. It finally dawned on me as I set out again on a mission to “organize everything” that I failed so often because I misunderstood what kind of a project organizing is. Do you see organizing as analogous to sewing a curtain or to washing the dishes?
The following is an excerpt from my latest eBook: Paperless Home Organization, A Guide to Creating A Digital Home Management Binder.
Before you undertake a major organization overhaul, allow me to share a little insight I’ve had after numerous attempted overhauls of my own life and home and systems.
Organization is more like laundry and dishes than like a craft project: It is never complete. It is like swimming. You are either treading water or slowly sinking; progress is getting yourself back to the surface before you drown, not arriving at a destination. However, treading water at least becomes easier the longer you do it. At first it takes concentration and focus and energy simply to stay afloat, but eventually you get into better shape and can breathe evenly again. However, you never get so good at it that you can stop. Stop, and gravity and entropy will immediately begin pulling you down again.
So jump in, ready to get fit and stay fit, knowing you can make it to the surface now and repeatedly. Sinking isn’t failing; it’s part of life’s reality. Drowning times will always come, but so will the time to overcome.
If you need a tool to help you in your quest to get into organizational shape, take a look at my eBook, Paperless Home Organization: A Guide to Creating a Homemaking Notebook. Use the code homemaker to get $3 off. If it’s de-cluttering that’s frustrating you, Dana White’s Drowning in Clutter? Don’t Grab a Floatie…Drain the Ocean! can help you with de-cluttering strategies and re-decluttering encouragement.
Organizing and decluttering are continual commitments, not once-and-done projects. If you find yourself tackling the same areas over and over again, keep persevering! You are making progress, not failing.
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