New Years Resolution: Get Organized!

Consider these New Years Resolutions instead of the perfunctory "get healthy":

1.) Purge anything that does not spark joy. 

2.) Devote time to organizing small sections of your home daily, or weekly.

The first resolution is the credo of celebrated organizer, Marie Kondo, who encourages her clients to keep only those items that make you happy, even if it's an old t-shirt. 

Kondo also recommends you organize your entire home all at once. But, as you can see from the second resolution, I don't necessarily agree with that approach. Why? Because it's overwhelming for most people, and sometimes tackling a small area first is not only more manageable, but creates more space in your psyche.

For example, the first thing I ever organized was my bookshelf.

(it's about to get personal.)

I was at a really dark place in my life. Sometimes I wouldn't get out of bed for days, during which I would stare at a bookshelf in my room.  Bills and books littered its shelves like rubble. The rest of my room was a disaster too, but this damn bookshelf was right in my eye line. The more I looked at it the more it grated on me.

One day, something overtook me. I tore everything off of it, washed it and began to cull items from my home to fill it out, then I added a personal filing system on the bottom. 

 It was just a small thing but looking at it made ignited this little flame of peace. It was kind of like a portal to another world. Energetically, something had shifted. Not only in my space, but also in me. I began to take on larger projects. I cultivated an interest in Feng Shui and applied its principles to my home (a total game-changer, more on this later!)

Two (three?) years later and I am still addicted to the meditative quality of organizing. I consider it to be just as important as a balanced diet and exercise. It all started with tiny steps like the bookshelf.

Your home should be a place where your mind is clear and your soul is content. If this isn't the case then take some time to give it some love. When you do, it will love you back. 

One of these days, I'm going to get organized

I believe there are different types of clutter and disorganization- but absolutely all of them affect you emotionally. This article puts it best:

"Technical: Clutter that causes space restrictions and an overall lack of storage space.

Life changes: Clutter caused by a new baby, a death in the family, a move or anything that has thrown a life out of balance.

Behavioral/psychological: Clutter caused by depression, attention deficit disorder, low self-esteem or lack of personal boundaries.

Time/life management: Clutter caused by the need for better planning."

Read more: The psychology of clutter - The Denver Post

I would have to agree with these and I used to be guilty of almost ALL of them. In my bio I call myself "a reformed slob", and it's not an exaggeration. 

I went through a very difficult time in my life and my home was a direct representation of that. Did I have the time to keep my place clean and organized? Yes.

Did I do it? No, I didn't care, and every time I walked into my house, it was like the world was crashing in.

The cycle continued, until, at some point I felt the insatiable desire to FIX my surroundings. I most definitely could not control certain negative things that happened to me, but I could throw out the bill that I paid off from 2009. Once I did that, I felt a sense of empowerment and pretty soon I had a filing system for bills, records, etc. and suddenly my life was 1/5 more manageable.

My love of organizing spread from there. The more I organized, the more space in my brain was free. I now had the energy to tackle situations that I couldn't before.

This job is my way of giving some of that solace to others. I needed help and finally I'm able to give that to other people!

Do not underestimate the power of order. A simplified space can to a world of good for you.