We’re very excited to have Julie Starr Hook, from Five Starr Organizing, as a guest blogger this week, as we talk about achieving our goals and resolutions, going into the new year!
12 Tips to Make Make 2013 the year to get organized!
Julie Starr Hook, Five Starr Organizing
Make 2013 the year to get organized! It’s fairly easy to make the decision to get organized, but it’s another thing to actually do it. Here are my suggestions on how to achieve your organizational goals.
Write your organizational goals down. By committing to your goals in writing, it is more likely to become a reality.
Find an accountability partner. This may be a friend or co-worker who you can report your organizational progress to. Often times, a family member can be too critical. Look for someone who will encourage you in your goals and who will help you see to it that your tasks get completed.
Sometimes looking at the big picture of what you would like to accomplish can seem overwhelming. If you focus completely on one area at a time, the organizational job won’t seem so overwhelming.
Avoid disappointment: aim low. We often set goals that are unattainable. Be realistic in how much time, effort and money you can put into a project right now.
Don’t buy a bunch of containers for organizing before you start organizing. Use what you have before you buy an organizer that you may not need. Remember, it’s not the organizer that will get you organized. They will only help contain your stuff.
Getting rid of things: Before you start a “purging” process (getting rid of all the stuff you don’t use or need), consider a recipient for your stuff. Often it is easier to let go of an item if you know an organization or individual that would appreciate an item. I encourage people to find an organization that they are passionate about to give their items to. This will help the purging process to be less difficult.
Use the little and often approach when organizing. Think about the little breaks you may get in the day. Instead of checking your Facebook or tuning into a quick TV program, use these times to organize a drawer or cupboard.
Listen to some music to help keep you motivated to organize. I love to turn on some good tunes to get me inspired to work. It makes those dreaded organizational tasks such as filing more pleasurable.
Sip on your favorite beverage while organizing. A great cup of coffee or your favorite tea can be a great accompaniment.
Plan ahead! Reward yourself with something fun after you accomplish an organizational task. Take a walk, make a special dinner or have that latte or piece of chocolate you might be craving.
Who’s counting? Remember you are not in a race. Everyone has a different pace of organizing. Some people need longer processing time, while some people can get an organizing task done quickly. Get it done at your pace.
Don’t give up, let up or give in!!! A lifestyle of organizing will allow you to do the things in life that will bring you joy!
Julie Starr Hook resides in Salem, Oregon, with her husband, three children and two step children. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Rhetoric Speech and Communications from the University of Oregon in 1989. For six years, she worked as a sales representative for a food broker, where she learned space management techniques in the grocery industry. In 1996, Julie decided to become a stay-at-home mom and began exploring her interest in organizing homes.
In 2003, she formed Five Starr Organizing, and began writing a weekly column on organizing for a northwest newspaper. Julie enjoys speaking to various groups about the importance of organizing and is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). She has written over 250 columns on organizing and has finished her book, “From Frazzled to Freedom.” Use this link to purchase it online.