Lisa Dooley is back on Word of Mom Radio, this time in our Authors Alley sharing her new book More Space. More Time. More Joy!: Organizing Your Best Life.
Perhaps you’ve read a lot of organizing books. You’ve followed the checklists, the diagrams for folding your clothes, and feng shui’d the heck out of your life, yet nothing has changed. You can’t seem to get, or stay, organized. The stress and unhappiness levels are going up daily. More Space. More Time. More Joy! is a new way of looking at organization that gets to the heart of the hows and whys to help you make lasting change.
Join us in the Authors Alley January 22 at 1pmET/10amPT and then live on your time in archive. Be sure to connect with Lisa on her website YourOrganizedLife.biz, and follow the links to purchase her book, and connect on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
A Blog from Lisa
SETTING YOUR 2020 VISION
Nothing happens without a plan. Well, most good things anyway. That’s really the driving force behind my book, More Space. More Time. More Joy! Organizing Your Best Life. I wanted to bring a framework for organizing to a larger audience because I’ve seen my clients transform their lives by getting organized. Do you have a plan for organizing your space in 2020? “Getting organized” is one of the top 3 resolutions each new year. Personally, I like the word “intention”. It speaks more authentically to my desire to do better and different. I am a work in progress and I am kind to myself as I improve and get better. So, now that I’ve identified my intention to be more organized, where do I begin?
Firstly, define your biggest “pain point”. Is it clutter in your space. While we often think of clutter as purely physical, clutter is also mental and emotional. It’s our thoughts of lack and “not enough”; it’s limiting beliefs and stories we’re unable to let go of that hold us back and hold us down. Clutter is a deferred decision and can serve as your call to action. When you enter your home or office, how does it feel? Sometimes we focus on the what and the how of our space and we neglect the why. Why is this item here, in your space? Just because you have space for something – a book, a knickknack, a pile of papers – doesn’t mean it has a true purpose. Start to think of your space as planned and intentional; everything has a purpose and use. And yes, it’s okay if that purpose is just to make you smile and bring you joy. In fact, that’s one of the best purposes there is!
Common trouble spots for clutter are offices, the kitchen and shared space like the family room. Pick your most cluttered room and start by clearing all of the surfaces. We tend to accumulate clutter on horizontal surfaces because we can. Pick up each item and ask “Does this have a purpose here?” If so, decide where it should be properly housed, either in that room or an alternate space. Anything and everything you keep should have a “home” – the spot you got it from and the spot you will return it to. Then decide on how to contain the item. Will it fit best in a drawer or cabinet? Anything you use frequently should be easy to grab and go so don’t think you have to put everything away. Think through how you use the item and plan accordingly. What if you’re not sure why you have this item or what its purpose is? Again, clutter is a deferred decision. Don’t just put the item back down – decide to decide and deal with it. Do you want to keep this item? Great. Put it where it should “live”. Has this paper, card, book outlived its usefulness? Let it go.
Don’t let your vision of an organized, peaceful and uncluttered get derailed by analysis paralysis and indecision. If you can easily replace an item if you decide down the road you really need it, it’s okay to let it go now. Holding onto things because maybe we’ll need them at some future time leads to clutter. Decide to decide and make intentional choices.
You can read more about these and other organizing topics on Lisa’s website…