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The right mindset for getting organized

Now that we are past labor day, kids are back in school, some offices are open again, it does feel like it’s time to buckle down a bit and figure out what the most important things are that need to get done by the end of the year. Let’s talk about how to get into the right mindset in order to get more organized.  If you feel like any area of your life could use more organization, this is for you.  I’m going to talk through three aspects of having an organized mindset.  Your mindset is the very first thing to focus on if you want to get more organized, way before you even start taking action.

First, it’s important to identify why you want to be more organized.  It may seem like an obvious answer because shouldn’t everyone want to be more organized?  But really digging into your specific why is going to make the whole journey of becoming more organized so much easier.    

When I was younger and my obsession with organization started, my why was all about being in control and putting out an image of perfection.  We’re talking elementary school so it was really just my childhood bedroom but let me tell you, I had every inch of it organized to perfection and I loved that feeling of being in control of the whole space.  I was spending so much time organizing spaces that were already organized.  As I got older and started to have more responsibilities in life, it was no longer feasible to spend a ton of time organizing (especially since it was already done) and I started to realize that the real benefit of organization was the systems behind it.  Systems create efficiency and time saving that make life so much easier.  Of course, I still battle with perfectionism and wanting things to look a certain way, but it’s no longer the sole reason for wanting to be organized.

So if you are constantly saying to yourself “I need to be more organized,” follow that up and ask why. 

Is it just because you feel like you should?  Is it because you are embarrassed and feel like others are judging you?  Do you have a child who is struggling with organization and you want to be a good role model?  Is it because you know you are wasting time in certain areas and it feels like there has to be a better way?  There’s no right or wrong answer, as long as you are doing it for you, and identifying your specific why will really help you reach your goal.

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