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Destination Organization

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No doubt about it – organizing and decluttering have become household words – you say them and pretty much everybody knows what you’re talking about. But that doesn’t mean that everyone’s definition of “organized” is or should be the same. We all know that it’s easier to get somewhere when you know where you’re headed. So whether you’re on your own organizing journey or trying to help someone else, it helps to step back and think about your organizing vocabulary, most importantly, what it means to you to “be organized.”

When we organize, we create order and structure by putting some thought into how to set up our world – our space, our time, and our behaviors. When we organize, we get our “stuff” together, so we can be more efficient and intentional in the way we conduct our lives, leaving more space and time for what we enjoy most.

Being organized means something different to everyone. And it’s important to remember that people have different levels of organization that make them happy as well as different levels of tolerance for the amount of stuff in their space. Here are some examples of what organized means to different people:

  • Feeling in control of your space, possessions and time
  • Maintaining simple, streamlined and clean spaces
  • Having a place for everything and everything in its place
  • Making time to relax and pursue hobbies beyond the daily “work” of life
  • Meeting deadlines and getting where you need to be on time
  • Feeling calm, cool and collected

Clutter is generally anything that stands between you and your definition of organized. Clutter is a symptom of being less than optimally organized. It can be physical or mental, but we most often talk about physical clutter. Physical clutter is stuff you don’t need, use or love. Mental clutter is anything in your head that keeps you from moving toward your organized state. Going through the process of organizing your physical stuff will help you identify and work on your mental clutter too.

Decluttering, also known as purging or tossing, is the process of getting rid of items you don’t need, use or love. It is one piece of the organizing puzzle that can and should occur during all phases of the organizing process.

So whether you love piles or clear surfaces, getting comfortable with your destination organization will help you know what’s working for you and what you can work on to get there!

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What is your “Why”?

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So there’s no doubt about it – getting organized has reached ‘hot topic’ status in our culture. Pick up a magazine, turn on the TV or surf the web and it’s clear that simplifying and organizing are right up there with weight loss and stress reduction in terms of popularity. But just like any other major behavioral change, you have to want it in order to be successful – you have to know your ‘why’ and remind yourself of it when the changes feel hard. So as you take the next step in your organizing journey, whether you are just starting out or you’re facing your next project, take a moment to ask yourself why you want to get organized. How does being less-than-organized affect your life and what do you hope will change as you start getting more organized? Here’s a starter list of motivating reasons we can think of, but what’s your ‘why’?

Getting organized can help you…
reduce stress
save time
find what you need when you need it
avoid the over-buying cycle (or buying things you don’t need because you didn’t know you already had them)
enjoy what you have
achieve a goal, such as selling your home or hosting your family and friends
improve your relationships
just plain feel better!

Whether you can relate to one or all of these, or you have your own reasons, it can be helpful to remind yourself of what you’re working toward throughout the process.

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