How to get organized in the New Year!
How many of us have just emerged from a pile of cardboard boxes, plastic, ornaments, ribbons and bows? Yes it takes that long!
There’s something so fulfilling about taking down the tree and saying goodbye to the holidays. And once we get going, it’s tempting to go much further and do a wholesale decluttering or purging of the house. Amirite? Toys and shoes and files be gone. If only here were a magic wand (sigh…). We talked to organizational expert Kris Hunter for few tips to really GO AKA Get Organized!
The trend in the past couple of years has been to minimize, purge, discard and disconnect from anything that doesn’t bring you joy. Can you say Marie Kondo?
Instead, consider being mindful versus militant. We are all individuals, after all, with varying circumstances and reasons why we are faced with clutter and disorganization in our lives and homes and thus need to consider our starting point while getting organized.
To get organized, first you must know what you want to accomplish, and second you will need to remove the barriers in order to create a space that is functional and realistic for you and your family, both mentally and physically.
To do so, implement a C.L.E.A.R. organizational plan prior to throwing away cherished items, imposing impossible expectations on your family, offending loved ones, wasting valuable time categorizing Lego pieces and beating yourself up for having a chaotic pantry.
Consider each organizational task, including the removal of barriers (i.e. mental blocks), as an individual project. By doing so you will enjoy and experience quick progress, find yourself motivated to continue, become more compassionate and free in your mind, you will also benefit from others being a part of the process instead of the problem.
To get organized, I recommend that your get C.L.E.A.R.
Name it. What is your project to complete? WHY is it important? What is the outcome? Desired effect?
Break your project into small steps and stages, so that it is easy to manage and to see progress.
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You are not alone. Let others know what, why & when you are DOING your project work. Can you delegate? Employ help? What is the value of doing so?
Plan and put in effort. Prepare, schedule. Create time lines, lists and what ever you need to move forward. DO!
Review & Recall
Remind yourself of your commitment. Celebrate completed projects. Align your actions with your values, your why, your plan?
Getting organized is an ongoing process. Being organized requires trusted systems and flexibility. Enjoy the process of being C.L.E.A.R. in the New Year!
Kris Hunter is the founder and owner behind Just Get Organized Today! For the past 25 years, Kris has been supporting individuals and businesses to be more efficient and clear in their services and day-to-day operations. She is a Professional Organizer, Productivity Advisor, Project Manager, and a HR and Organizational Development Consultant. Kris is gifted in creating clarity and removing mental and physical clutter for her clients. She easily and authentically connects with people and quickly understands their needs and how to achieve them. JustGOtoday.com 604-790-3229
Harriet Fancott is the Editor and Social Media Manager for Vancouver Mom. She has over 20 years experience in the arts, tech and mom-based blogging arenas. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring all that Vancouver has to offer from festivals and events to playgrounds and beaches to sushi and ice cream (although not together).