Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Get Organized in 30 Days Without Tearing Your Hair Out

Would you tell me I am out of my mind if I tell you that you can get organized in 30 days, even if your house is really cluttered and chaotic?

I'm not going to tell you it'll be easy if the clutter is really deep and out of hand, but I will say it's probably going to be easier than you expect. But, you have to have faith and be persistent. This method works, but results are not immediately visible.

When I tried this approach - which is really a "cleaning and organizing chart-based plan" - in a really chaotic house trailer, a case of clutter hoarding actually, it was about the third week before it really started to show, but once it started to show, it showed a lot - with daily improvement visible after that point.

Steps to Get Organized in 30 Days
  1. Make a list: This can be the hardest part... Either grab a notebook or use a computer program such as Excel, whichever you prefer. Make a page for each room in your home - don't forget closets, basement, garage, and the attic - any space you use needs to be recorded in this step. Now record every cleaning step you need to do in each room. For example: vacuuming, dusting, washing dishes, laundry, changing linen, shining mirrors, cleaning over door trim - you get the idea - list everything - even the smallest details.
  2. Make a plan: Look at your first page. Pick the easiest thing to do. Mark it down as a Monday task. Go to the next page - pick the hardest thing to do. (In some rooms the hardest task might be only a two or three minute task - so don't worry that this will take all day to do - it only takes about half an hour to an hour a day - and then - only until the clutter is under control - then it's mere minutes a day.) Mark it as a Monday task. Go to your third page, pick the easiest task and mark it as a Monday task. Go through the rest of your pages, alternating between the hardest and easiest tasks - mark them all as Monday tasks. Start through the rooms list again, in the same order - this time starting with the hardest task and marking it as a Tuesday task. Alternate between easiest and hardest until you finish the last room. Now every single one of your hardest tasks are out of the way before Wednesday without doing them all on one day. Fill in the rest of the tasks on the remaining week days. It's up to you if you want to spend your weekends on this too.
  3. Put your plan in action: Go to your plan for whatever day of the week it is and do the cleaning and organizing chores listed for that day. You can start on any day of the week because you have a plan for every day. You can do extra if you want - but this organizing plan is about making daily progress without getting burnt out on the cleaning and organizing process.
  4. Congratulate yourself: You just made progress in every room in your house. Does it show? probably not, but that's ok, because it will soon. I don't recommend telling anyone in your real life about what you are doing just yet. Here's why... if you were getting the understanding and support you need in life from them, you probably wouldn't be here looking for organizing help at the Get Organized Club, though I'm glad you are. That doesn't mean they are the problem... it just means - wait... let yourself feel good because you just accomplished something. Share your success in the comments here if you like - because we get it. We wouldn't be here if we didn't.
  5. Repeat, repeat, repeat: Go through your checklist each day - week after week... Add things you might have missed in your original planning session as needed. You will quickly learn which days are the easiest for you and how long your daily cleaning and organizing chores take.
One other advantage of this checklist method: if one of your family members steps in to help with cleaning and organizing, they don't have to ask what to do - they can just look at that day's checklist and choose a chore. It makes it easy for you, and easy for your family.

After a month, as long as you stick with this, expect to look around at a cleaner, more organized home that is EASY to maintain in a short amount of time each day by following your daily checklist.

Hopefully, you'll say, "Wow, I really did get organized in 30 days without tearing my hair out!"

Let me now how it goes and feel free to ask questions about any unclear parts, as I now this is kind of long and wordy.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Getting Organized at Work vs Hiding Under a Clutter Covered Desk

Sure, you could just throw in the towel and hide under your clutter covered desk until - well - until someone notices you're missing.

However, getting organized at work is a much more logical solution, plus, you'll get to feel great about your tidy new work space, your increased efficiency, and lower stress levels once you're enjoying your clean, organized work space.

My Favorite Work Space Organizing Tip

This is experience speaking here, because if there were a prize for being the most disorganized, I'm pretty sure I would be in the running for first place. I mean, you can normally see spots of my desktop between the piles.

Anyway, I used my three bin organizing system to clean off my desktop, and I picked up some cheap baskets (Seriously, they are 9 cents a piece at the local thrift shop here) and I put the things I need most in baskets where they are close at hand and can stay reasonably organized.

What's even better... if I need to look even more organized when someone is coming in - all I have to do is stick my baskets in my desk drawers or in the hall cupboard. Then, when I'm ready to get back to my regular work, I can just get out my (still organized) baskets and put them back where they belong.

I would love to hear if you try this and it works for you - or if you have suggestions on making it even better for other Get Organized Club members.

What are your favorite tips for tidying your work space? You are welcome to share... if you want to.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Please! Help Me Organize My House! I Can't Find My Dog!

Ok... Most people can still find their pets, even in a chaotic, disorganized house. Sometimes, though, disorganization can feel so out of hand that you might feel like you just need to throw open the window and scream something, anything, that gets someone's attention so they'll help you get organized.

And here's the thing... even if you did that... chances are no one would take you seriously and come help. That's where the Get Organized Club steps in. We may not be able to physically come to your house, but we are here, offering emotional support and understanding, with no judgment.

If you're here, emotionally screaming, "Please, someone, help me organize my house!" Then let's talk some more.
  • Where do you feel comfortable starting?
  • Are you willing to commit to this as along-term project with lasting results? (This is what I truly believe will make you feel best about your life and your home - but hey - I don't know you personally - so it's up to you to choose what approach works for you.)
  • Do you just want someone to come in and speed clean your house?
  • What do you want to talk about? \
  • What tips and help do you need?

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

How to Get Organized in Your Life

How many hours have you spent wondering how to get organized in your life?

If you are like me you have read tons of magazine articles and loads of books - each of them promising the miracle cure to help you organize your life - often in thirty minutes or less, right?

Well, here's the cold hard truth... (don't worry - it's not all that cold or hard)

There is no single organizing program or product that is going to work for everyone. The key, or trick, is finding out what works for you.

I can, and do, share the things that work for me. Some of them might be perfect for you, but some might make you think I'm crazy...

I recommend trying different organizing techniques and products as needed. The important thing is that you do not give up if one doesn't work, because knowing what does not work is half the battle - it really is.

And, I think if you're struggling, it's really important to discuss your efforts with others who will not judge you. That's why the Get Organized Club exists, and I'm glad you're here to learn about what works for others and to share your experiences with chaos, clutter, and organizing without fear of trolls and judgement.

(Really - anyone being nasty to other GOC members will be banned and all of their comments will be deleted.)

So, if you're new here, get comfortable, browse around a bit, and then join the conversation when you're ready.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Was House Organization One of Your New Year's Resolutions?

Now that we're about a week into 2014, has your New Year's resolution to get started with house organization flown out the window? If it has, it's not too late to start over and make it work this time.

Sure, there's something about New Year's resolutions and the idea of starting a new year with a clean slate so you can do everything right. But, part of being human is making mistakes, and if you're disorganized to begin with (experience is talking to you here) you're dealing with some self-destructive habits that you can't possibly break by just making a resolution and feeling determined for a day or two. So, don't beat yourself up over it, just get ready to start again.

Tips for Early House Organization

Getting started is hard, especially if you're dealing with any kind of real clutter. Don't expect it to be fixed overnight because it didn't happen overnight.
  • Pick one thing to clean or organize - something that only takes a few minutes - and do it. There you go - you just started! Easy right? Some of it won't be, but the first step is often the hardest, and you just took it and succeeded! Don't bother to tell anyone, the one who needs to know is YOU! Besides, someone else is going to look at the remaining disorganization and make you feel bad that it's still there... but don't feel bad about what's past and don't worry, if you stick with this, you'll get it under control.
  • Next, if you're not tired or feeling too overwhelmed, hopefully you're feeling pretty good right now... look around and pick one physically large - but not too hard to clean or organize thing that you need to do - and do it. I compare this step to washing the dishes... I like to wash the pans and baking dishes first, before the plates, glasses and silverware, because it really shows when you get the physically large things out of the way.
  • Next, take a little break while you check out some of the details on my three bin organizing system. (An eBook is coming soon with more details to help you kick clutter our of your life.) It'll help you a lot as you move into the next steps of this, and you'll see progress in a hurry, even if you're dealing with a really big mess.
Check back here, at the Get Organized Club, often for updates, ideas, tips, fellowship, and to ask any questions you might have about taking control of your life and kicking clutter's figurative butt in your home.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy New Year From the Get Organized Club!

Well, if you're reading this, you made it through 2013 with us.

Get Organized Club would like to wish you a healthy and prosperous 2014!

May the coming year be filled with blessings, peace, and joy for you and yours!

Check back often, sign up for email updates, or follow our RSS feed for updates as we have a lot of great information and changes coming for 2014.

and... once again... Happy New Year!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Get Organized Club Community Coming Soon

I've been getting a lot of positive feedback about the idea of making Get Organized Club into a paid club, with one BIG caveat.

The caveat is - keep this site with informative articles as is - but add more information about organizing and hoarding - then - make a second site - a community site - with dues to join, premium information, chat sessions with professional organizers, and topic-based bulletin boards for friendly discussion among club members.

Other planned benefits of club membership include access to organizing product reviews, and a bi-weekly newsletter with case studies and interviews.

Do you have any other features you would like to hav access to in a community based around organizing.

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