The ABC’s of an Organized Life

The ABC's of an Organized Life

Another school year has come to an end, and for many students it’s time for the rite of passage known as graduation; that special milestone in one’s life when you officially transition into a new world.

That’s why there are always inspirational speakers at graduation ceremonies. It’s their job to offer those who are celebrating this important accomplishment one last “Hoorah!” before they head out.

While there have been many famous Commencement speeches that have stood the test of time, I discovered one that I thought was not only inspiring, but creative as well (don’t worry, it’s only 2 minutes long):

Which got me thinking about what I would say if I were asked to give a Commencement speech….

My Commencement Speech: The ABC’s of an Organized Life

While I don’t have all the answers to life (I’m still learning as I go along), I do have a few things to say about organizing that I think might offer some encouragement. I’d call my speech “The ABC’s of an Organized Life” and it would go something like this:

Accept where you are and start from there.

Be true to yourself and your organizing personality (yes, you have one!).

Comparison is the thief of joy, so don’t compare your organizing journey to anyone else’s.

Don’t despise small beginnings, efforts or progress. Everything great started small.

Effort is a key ingredient to your organizing journey; whatever it is you hope for, be prepared to work for.

Forge ahead even when you get uncomfortable or don’t think you can keep going.

Give yourself permission to let go.

Have the courage to set boundaries with your stuff (time, space, & quantity); they are meant to help you, not to harm you.

It’s not about what you’re losing, it’s about what you’re gaining.

Just because you ask for help getting organized doesn’t mean you’re weak or incapable; it just means you want some company and support for the journey.

Know that you can be organized; it’s a skill anyone can learn!

Live with joy, not clutter.

Make decisions. Clutter is nothing more than postponed decisions (Barbara Hemphill).

Now is the best time to get started.

Organizing isn’t a one-time event, but a journey and a lifestyle.

Purge often and ruthlessly – it always makes you feel better!

Quit making excuses. You can have results or you can have excuses but you can’t have both.

Release what no longer serves you so you can make room for what does (Carrie Green).

Surround yourself with the things you love, not the things that weigh you down.

There’s blessing in subtraction.

Understand that Clutter is a thief. It only wants to rob you of your peace and joy.

View yourself in light of where you are and where you’re going. Life isn’t meant to be viewed through the rearview mirror.

Whether you think you can or you think you can’t you’re probably right! (Henry Ford)

Xcellence and completion are the goal, not perfection or perfectly organized.

Your identity is not found in your stuff but in who you are as a person.

Zealously pursue change. It’s usually the first step towards the life you want.


Although I may never be asked to address a group of graduates, I hope my words have inspired you for your organizing trek.  No matter where you may be on the organizing journey, each of these truths hold true.  What you choose to do with them now, is up to you.

Which of the ABC’s resonated with you most?

Leave a comment and let me know.

5 responses on “The ABC’s of an Organized Life

  1. Sabrina Quairoli

    This is a wonderful commencement speech! I love “Forge ahead even when you get uncomfortable or don’t think you can keep going.” When we graduation, we are so uncertain and insecure so this reminder is very helpful. Stretch beyond and keep on learning. We can only get better with time.

  2. Diane Quintana

    I agree with Sabrina – this is wonderful And it’s important to keeping going. If you stop in your tracks the stuff around you will make you miserable. Complete the task. Good enough is a good mantra to embrace.

  3. Seana Turner

    The whole list is great, but I love the “N” of “Now.” Often we overthink our goals, and put off taking action. Act now! As you said, it may be something small, but small steps taken consistently over time cross mountains!

  4. Jill Robson

    I love “V” not living life in the rear view mirror, it is easier sometimes to live in the past, better to look towards the future.

  5. Linda Samuels

    Love “A”…. Accept where you are and start from there. No blaming. No excusing. Just awareness, acceptance, and desire for a forward movement. Wonderful “speech,” Liana!

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