Make 'Getting Organized' a New Years Resolution
With a new year comes new challenges, new experiences and above all, new goals. The popularity of New Year's Resolutions started as late as the 17th Century and you can guarantee that for as long as we've been making resolutions, we've been breaking them.
I went through a phase from 2008-2019 of creating the same number of resolutions to match the last two digits of the year (for example in 2011 I would create 11 resolutions). I stopped this when I was instantly met with anxiety while looking at a list of 19 resolutions. I knew I was setting myself up to fail and that is the opposite reaction resolutions should invoke.
A proper resolution should challenge you to improve yourself, no matter how small. It's how we grow, how we identify what is valuable and important in our lives, and challenge ourselves to new experiences and opportunities. After all, every year should be the best year yet!
So why should ' getting organized' be a resolution?
Learning the benefits of organization, be it either for your job or at home, is the simplest way to improve upon yourself.
You don't need to be drowning in clutter, to feel the need to get organized. Applying simple changes to a space, or forming a daily morning/bedtime routine will allow you to get the most out of every day.
Even as a Professional Organizer, I am constantly tweaking and adjusting my own home and routines to find the one that maximizes productivity while minimizing clutter and upkeep. I don't always have time to do a thorough cleaning of my apartment, but with simple workflows and routines, household chores are completed in a fraction of the time so that the downtime my husband and I do have can be spent with each other instead of maintaining the household.
By making the resolution to 'get organized you are making a commitment to yourself to spend your time wisely and on the things you want most and not what you feel you 'must do' to get through each day. Constantly jumping from one thing to the next leads to burnout, exhaustion, and for some people a depressive slump that is difficult to escape from.
Feeling frazzled, disorganized, or stressed is both mentally and physically exhausting, Try to complete the following steps to finally break free of that stress ball taking up valuable space, both in your mind and possibly in your home;
Identify the areas/aspects of your daily life that are the most problematic
Create a plan on how you will go about eliminating these daily challenges
Devote the time and energy to implement these solutions into your daily life
Commit to these changes on a consistent basis to create habits and see results
As with everything, start small, make it something that is achievable or a 'quick win' so you can see the value in the process and feel good about the time, energy (and if you did hire an organizer) money you put into completing your goal.
No matter if you decide to use an organizer or not, it all starts with making a resolution to 'get organized'.
If you haven't created a resolution list already, or feel inspired by this article to make some revisions, I encourage you to add 'getting organized' to your 2023 goals. Start small, and with something that you've either been putting off for a while or are finally ready to tackle. This way, when you achieve this goal you'll feel positive and proud of the work you've done! 🥳
🤞🏻 Remember, organizing is a process. Learning new routines and strategies takes time, however, the more you repeat those processes the more likely it is that you will see long-lasting results!
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About the Author: Brittany Smith lives in Ottawa, Canada with her husband and feline furbaby Zoey. She is a Certified Professional Organizer, Owner, and Founder of Control the Chaos, a Professional Organizing business that provides personalized in-home, virtual and digital organizing services aimed at transforming anyone's chaos into calm.