The 2 most important questions to being organized

blog pic 1_edited-1To be or not to be, that is the question…

To be organized?

To not be organized?

Like Hamlet, do you debate the point? If you find yourself struggling with which way to be, I want to encourage you that it’s really not that hard to answer. The answer lies in your thinking.

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If our actions follow our thoughts, then what we think plays a major role in what we do.  If there is something we want to accomplish, that can only happen if we are thinking about it with the proper perspective.

Unfortunately, when it comes to being organized, or getting organized, most people tend to think in the negative:

“I will never be organized…”

“I can’t get organized, it’s not the way I’m wired…”

“I’m a mess. My life is a mess. How could I ever be organized?”

With that kind of thinking, nothing can be accomplished or even attempted!  Rather than focusing on the negative and allowing that to permeate and dictate our thoughts, we need to make a change to the positive.

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So how do we change our thoughts? Our messy world?

 

 

By thinking and speaking in the positive:

{Breathe} “I can be organized.”

{Breathe}”I am becoming an organized person.”

{Breathe} “I am more than my mess.  I am organized.”

I know, I know…it’s easy for an organized person like me to say that. But trust me, there are plenty of areas that I, too, have to fight the negativity of my thought life.

For me writing, teaching and speaking are the three areas that I struggle to stay positive.  I am constantly battling the thoughts rattling around in my head: ” Do I know enough to write a blog? Who will read my words? Is anyone even listening to me?” It is a struggle to keep those thoughts at bay so that I am not paralyzed from doing what I know I’m supposed to do.

But I had to change my thinking from negative to positive ~ “I do know a lot about organizing. I can write and help others, whether it’s 5 people or 100.” ~ or else I would wallow in the mire and not do anything.

The same can be said of those who battle disorganization; if you want to change your chaotic world, the first thing you need to change is your thinking.

origin_3080694856 copyThe choice is yours

So is that all there is to it?  Think positive and so it shall be?

If that were the case, then disorganization would have been extinct a long time ago. No, there’s more.

Once you’ve released the negative thoughts and replaced them with positive ones, then you have a choice to make. You have to choose to live, to be, and to act like your thoughts and your beliefs.

That’s why I love the quote by Jeff Goins “We are what we are when we say we are”.  He didn’t become a real writer until he decided to be one by saying it, believing it, and acting like it.  Once he did, then his writing career took off, and he hasn’t stopped moving forward yet.

The same is possible for those who battle getting organized. You have to choose, decide and declare who you are: an organized person.

What does that mean?

  • It means you no longer allow negative talk to cast a shadow over your mind and your mouth
  • it means that you believe it’s possible for you to be organized and be open to learning about being organized
  • it means you act like you’re organized, by putting off any excuses and illogical reasoning and doing what you know you need to do.

 So back to the question…

Have you ever watched the show Love It or List It on HGTV?  After the house has been remodeled and the other available homes have been seen, the couple on the show is told they have a choice to make: are they going to love their remodeled home and continue to live there or are they going to list it and move somewhere else?

Well now it’s your turn.  The truth has been laid out on the table for you, and the encouragement has been given.  You have a choice to make: are you going to be organized or are you not going to be?

The choice is yours.  Let me know what you decide!

 

 

 

Friday Fun: The Dirty Laundry of Getting Organized

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Let’s face it…doing laundry is no fun.  But since it’s Friday, and Friday is all about fun here, then we need to find a way to make doing dirty laundry fun.

Since my outlook on laundry resembles this frame of mind,

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I couldn’t think of a fun way to do laundry, no matter how hard I tried!  So, I had to come up with Plan B, which I hope will get us to some fun. Simply put, Plan B is a laundry tip & challenge rolled into one so that you can put all the dirty/clean clothes behind you and get to the fun you really want to have.

Laundry Problem

One of the issues people have with their laundry is not that the laundry doesn’t get washed, but rather that the laundry doesn’t get put away (the folding, the hanging up, etc).  Since most people don’t have the desire to finish their laundry, it ends up in large, skyscraper piles that seem to reach the ceiling and in which nothing can ever be found.  Sound familiar?  Trust me, I understand; I’ve been there.

Laundry Perception

The skyscraper piles become overwhelming and/or ignored and somehow seem to attract more clean laundry, making it even larger than the week before.  Why?  Obviously, not doing it would be one reason. But the other reason is that we think or we perceive that a pile that large would take too much time to do, time we don’t have or don’t want to sacrifice, and so nothing gets done about it.

Laundry Solution

I’ll never forget having a meltdown one day trying to find a pair of socks for my daughter.  The laundry basket was piled half way up the wall and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t find a matching sock. I also remember another time when my wonderful hubby (WH) searched in the dark before leaving for work through a pile of laundry that had grown up in our bedroom chair, while I lay sleeping in bed. Shortly after those incidents I decided that I would never let my laundry pile up again. I implemented a new laundry solution that I use to this day – dealing with the laundry as soon as it comes out of the washer or dryer.  Crazy, you say? Maybe, but by following this solution I’ve never had an issue with skyscraper laundry piles since.

Laundry Challenge

So here is this week’s Friday Fun challenge for you: the next time you do a load of laundry try dealing with it as soon as it comes out.  Don’t let it pile up!  If you hang clothes straight from the washer, hang them up, let them dry, and put them away.  If you place your clothes in the dryer, take them out immediately, or as soon as feasibly possible, and fold and put them away. Don’t let them take root on the couch or the bed.  The challenge is to deal with it and be done with it so you can enjoy yourself in whatever fun fashion you want!

Now I know what you are thinking: how will I possibly find time to do this challenge? I’m so glad you asked! As I mentioned in my previous Friday fun post, one of the biggest hinderances to getting things done is our perception of time.  So to prove to you that you can do it in less time than you think, I decided to try a little experiment…

Here’s a load of laundry I took out of the dryer this afternoon.

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I timed myself on how long it would take for me to sort, fold, and put away this basket full of pants, shirts, sweaters, socks, and underwear.  How long did it take? At a casual pace, it took 6 1/2 minutes!  Do you think you can spare roughly 6 minutes to put away some laundry? If you were to do 4 loads of laundry you would need more than 30 minutes to put away ALL your laundry. Finding 30 minutes to spare is much more difficult than finding 6 minutes to spare, wouldn’t you agree?  If all you can do is one load at a time, then 6 minutes is nothing. {And, by the way, there is nothing wrong with doing one load at a time!}

So there you have it, our Friday Fun Tip & Challenge, a double whammy for you! Okay, there isn’t a lot of fun to the challenge, but I promise you’ll find the freedom to have fun afterwards if you try it.

Are you up for the challenge?  Let me know your thoughts and how it turned out for you, or better yet, let me know what FUN you had since laundry wasn’t an issue for you this week!

Your organizing friend,

Go 2 Gal

 

The truth about getting organized

People who struggle with disorganization usually have a wide range of excuses reasons as to why they can’t get organized.

Today I thought I would counter five of the most common reasons people use to not get organized with a little thing I call Truth…

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Excuses vs. The Truth

Excuse # 1: I wasn’t born with an organized gene/trait/personality, so I can never be organized.

Truth:  Being organized is not an inherent trait passed down from your gene pool!  It is a learned skill that anyone can acquire.  Once you have the knowledge and you apply the effort, you can be an organizing success!

Excuse # 2:  An organized life is not creative. Being organized means I have to a.) have everything perfect,  b.) be boring, and c.) no longer be creative or spontaneous, but rather rigid and scheduled.

Truth: Being organized is not a killjoy!  In fact, getting organized can greatly increase your time, bring freedom, and allow you to do more than you can currently accomplish in your chaotic mess.  And boring? Boring is as boring does!  My goal is to be beautifully organized, not boringly organized.  Perfect?  We live in a fallen world so perfection is unattainable. Why not shoot for neat and functional instead?

Excuse #3:  Getting organized is expensive.

Truth: Yes, I will admit that it is going to probably involve some cost to get organized, but you’d be surprised at what you can re-use or re-purpose to help you organize your stuff and your life.   Plus, think of all the money you’ll save not re-buying items you already have but can’t find.

Excuse #4:  It would take a miracle for me to get organized!

Truth:  It doesn’t take a miracle to get organized; you just have to work at it.  Calvin Coolidge said, “All growth depends on activity.  There is no development without effort, and effort means work.”  Sorry, but no there’s no organizing fairy to wave a wand over your mess – and poof – your stuff and your life are suddenly organized.  Only you putting forth the effort will accomplish that. Whatever it is you hope for, be prepared to work for!

Excuse #5:  I don’t have the time/it takes too much time to get organized.

Truth:  There is no denying that it takes time to get organized.  But rather than see that as a hinderance, you need to view it as an investment.

When you take the time to get organized, you are investing in your future and the life you want to have.  This investment may require sacrifice -such as forgoing a TV show, surfing the internet, etc. – but without a time investment there is no reward.  Getting organized is a process that  does not happen instantly; it is a journey that requires your time.

So there you have it,  5 excuses reasons for not getting organized debunked!  Now that you know the truth about getting organized, I hope are you ready to put your excuses reasons behind you.  There is a lot of work to be done, are you ready?

Which of these reasons have kept you from getting organized?

How will knowing the truth make a difference?

Leave a comment and let me know!

 

 

 

Welcome!

When I thought of all the ways to start this blog, none of them seemed like a good idea.

I mean, I could tell you about myself, my passion and ability for organizing, and my reasons for starting an organizing blog in February rather than January, when everyone vows this will be the year they are going to get organized! But I’m hoping that all of those things will be evident to you as you read my posts.

No, after much thought I decided the best way to start this blog would be with a true story….

Several years ago a prominent U.K. scientist had proof that there had been no global warming over the past 15 years. His research and evidence would have made a significant contribution to the environmental community and could have won him a Nobel Prize. But it didn’t. Why not? In his own words, the scientist admitted that, “an overall lack of organization, and his poor record keeping and office-tidying skills had contributed to his reluctance to share data with critics, which he now regrets.”

Regret, disappointment, and a lifelong dream stolen.

Why? Because of a simple lack of organization.

Perhaps you’ve felt that way or shared a similar experience. You understand the pain and frustration of knowing that there’s more to life than the mess that surrounds you.

That’s why this blog exists – so you can get organized to gain a life. The life you want. The life you dream of having.

I can’t promise you any magic formulas or speedy solutions, only encouragement, skills, and helpful ideas. I do believe that with commitment, effort, and knowledge you can get organized.

I look forward to the journey ahead, to the difference it can make in your life. Will you join me?

Your organizing friend,

Go 2 Gal

P.S. I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment and let me know how a lack of organization has kept you from the life you want or what you struggle with in terms of organization that you’d like me to address on this blog. Thanks!