Realistic Ways to Get Organized

Okay, so this is the year. You’ve decided that you are going to finally get organized and throw out all the clutter around your home.

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Where do you even begin? Take a deep breath and check out these tips to making your home a place that brings you joy.

  1. Be realistic. Don’t overwhelm yourself by setting unrealistic expectations of what you want to accomplish in one day. Instead, break it up a little and focus on just cleaning out the closet, uncluttering the desk, or emptying out the garage.
  2. Organizing buddy. If getting organized is not your thing, why not have a friend help you? Or better yet, why not do it together by finding someone who wants to get organized too? That way you both can support each other and make a weekly “show off” date where you can show each other what you’ve accomplished for the week.
  3. Make it fun. Cleaning doesn’t have to be boring. Why not organize that drawer while watching TV? Put on your favorite CD, blast it, and mop those floors! What are some other things you could do to make it fun?

One of my rituals, a 5 minute pick-up right before bed. It is amazing how simple it is and what a difference it makes. Each night my family and I do something we call, “room ready,” where we make sure the room is picked up and ready for the next day by picking up our stuff and putting it where it belongs.

What are some of your tips?

Creating Good Habits and Leaving the Bad Habits Behind

We all have our little vices we would like to break—big or small. How do you move forward with changing your habits though and creating new ones that will support you in a more positive pen and paperway? The Chopra Center breaks down the process for building better habits in six steps:

  • Identify the Obstacle ~ what do you want to change?
  • Present Moment Awareness ~ how do you feel when performing the unwanted behavior?
  • Clear the Space ~ set a date for ending the habit
  • Filling the Void ~ replace the unwanted behavior with a supporting one

What are some of the techniques you have used to overcome an unwanted behavior?