Getting Off the Roller Coaster


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What do you do when you think you’re ready to get organized but you are not quite ready?!  There’s too much going on and it seems like life is just happening to you.  The fast pace and blurred boundaries of work, family, friends, community, self, etc can turn what may be a short period of high stress into an extended time of distress and disorganization.  Have you experienced these situations:

  • Things gets suspiciously calm then crazy busy then leaves you exhausted.
  • You start working on a space then realize you are just moving items from one space to another.
  • You set a goal to focus on what you want but stuff just keeps popping up and you never get around to it.

If this sounds like your life then you, my friend, are on the clutter chaos roller coaster Ready to stop this wild ride?!

 1. Breathe. 

Take a deep breath and as you release it try to clear your mind of alllll the things you have going on.

 2. Reflect on your goals 

What exactly do you want and why do you want it. Go deeper. What needs will it fill for you?

3. Understand your challenges

Ask yourself what’s getting in the way of you getting to your goal Assess whether you have the skills, knowledge, and ability to face the challenge alone. Think of specific ways you can overcome those challenges.

4. Recommit to a next step forward

Write down the next one best thing that you can do to move forward. Commit to just doing that one thing.  Many times single tasking and simplifying the to- do list is key to staying focused.

5. Take action

The power to get what you want is in the doing work to get there.  When you move forward with that first step you are taking back control from the clutter and chaos.

Life may be leaving you a little dizzy these days, with end of school year, preparing for vacation, So taking that first step back off the roller coaster may seem like a big one… BUT how big are your dreams, what is a better quality of life worth for you?  Go for it!  You can only reach your goals if you start now.  

 Happy Organizing!



Leave The Crap Behind!

Early morning channel surfing rewarded me with a movie- Ice Age: The Meltdown. It reminded me of the doomsday predictions of Y2K and this past week’s 12/21/12 Mayan Calendar predictions. Okay so what does this have to do with organizing? Well in the movie, as they are convinced that their home will flood, the creatures take off for safety towards the edge of the valley. There is a cut to a family of dung beetles; the father leads the line struggling to push a ball of dung. With a huge heave he asks his wife “Do we have to take this crap?!” She responds” my mother gave it to us.”

So let’s move past the doomsday talk and transition to taking your life forward into next year. You need to set goals for where you want to be and secure resources to support you and your family through to success but you may still be planning to take a bunch of “crap” with you too.

Are you keeping “crap” because it was a gift from a loved one and you have assigned value to it for only that reason? Or maybe you are just used to seeing an item in the house and it has become part of the background. Are there any items that are emotionally and physically draining for you to keep in the space because you are frustrated from moving them back and forth? In all of those cases the items could be considered clutter. It not only takes up space but can hold you back from getting to the next great thing in your life. Being organized is not just about getting control over stuff and having an orderly space but also allowing the order to support you being productive in that space and other areas of your life.

What item do you have in your space that potentially could slow you down from making a life changing move? What does that item mean to you and are you prepared to care for and cart it as you navigate challenges or uncertain times? Is that item really clutter and you just need help to put it in perspective? I can help you answer these questions and make an action plan that moves you forward. Email or call me when you are ready to take the next step.