Magazines are such a guilty pleasure. I actually read all of the organizing and home decor ones for "job research" or so I tell my husband. Real Simple is a favorite and the past few months have yielded lots of new product ideas, career advice and other cool tips that I file away in my binders, ready to pull out when I need to refer to them.
This particular magazine appeals to 2 main types:
1. Super crazy organized people (like professional organizers) who are looking for new tricks.
2. People who aspire to be organized, but aren't, and want to be.
The articles therefore need to be a mix of new interesting tips, but also tried and true stuff that maybe the newbies don't know. Sometimes I really do forget that everyone doesn't think like the bizarre organized people do. Like the woman in line at the airport in front of me that cut her foot on her suitcase and was shocked when I reached over and handed her a Band-Aid out of my purse. Who does that? Or the guy at Hobby Lobby that was surprised to see me measuring a vase with my mini measuring tape I keep in my purse. Doesn't everyone?
The latest article I pulled out was all about finally achieving your goals. This 4 page article broke down all the steps, added personal stories from readers and was overall very inspiring. It got me to thinking about how many people I encounter that aren’t happy and don’t really know why. They think it’s too much clutter, but often clutter is just a symptom of something more. They’d love to achieve their goals, but they don’t know what to strive for. If they do figure it out, then they don’t know how to get there from here.
I think the best advice I could give about achieving your goals is details, details, details. Don’t say you want to clear out your house – break down the whole project into specific rooms and specific chores to do. Then get out your calendar, see when you are free, and assign dates and times to accomplish each small project. Create a shopping list if you need supplies and schedule time to buy them beforehand. Recruit people to help. Arrange for pickup or drop off of items you no longer need. Finish each small part before moving on to the next. Don’t give up if something doesn’t work out as planned. Regroup and keep going until you are done.
Think back to when you were in high school. What was your motivation to complete assignments or projects? Deadlines work for some people. Gifts and rewards inspire others. Some people still need someone to check in with to keep them on task and that is perfectly fine – why do you think Weight Watchers works? Apply those principles to your clutter and see where it takes you. Above all, don’t give up on your goal. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was my perfectly organized closet.