It doesn’t have to be this scary!

30 12 2011


While I was huffing and puffing my way up the Stairmaster this morning I overheard (alright, I was eavesdropping – I needed something to help pass the time) two women speaking about their New Year Resolutions.  One woman said hers was to start saying “no” more (which I thought was actually a very good one) and the other women said her 2012 Resolution was to GET ORGANIZED (my ears perked up even more)!  Getting organized is always one of the top ten New Year Resolutions.  While I am all about setting and accomplishing goals, oftentimes a  resolution can be very overwhelming and disappointing  when January 4th  comes around and we’ve already broken that promise we made  to ourselves just days before.  I’ve done this many a time (save more money, workout more, stop eating so much chocolate) and it’s a bad feeling when you fail.

So as I climbed and climbed and sadly didn’t get anywhere I began thinking about setting a goal such as organizing and actually accomplishing it.  Then it dawned on me, I tell clients exactly this on a daily basis:  break down a big daunting task (i.e.: organizing your home) into smaller, more manageable parts.  Instead of looking at your whole home as one giant organizing project, just look at one small pile on your desk or a single shelf in your closet and start there.  You will be amazed at how much you can accomplish in just 20 minutes and that feeling of control and completion will motivate you to continue the project or move on to your next mini-project.  One of the most important things to remember as you embark on clearing the clutter:   if you only have 15 minutes tackle something as small as a junk drawer or kitchen cabinet.  Try to finish the project in the allotted time otherwise the momentum fades and that big cloud forms over your head and frankly it’s not a good look for anyone L

Now, what are you waiting for?  Go tackle that drawer that is too stuffed to close!  Maybe you will even accomplish your New Year’s Resolution before the ball drops.