MINDSET MANTRAS FOR AN ORGANIZED LIFEIf you’ve decided it’s time to organize your house – or organize your life – and you don’t know where to start, this post is for you! Many people feel daunted or even paralyzed at the idea of taking on such a huge organizing job, but there’s no need to be overwhelmed. Like most things in life, your mindset is key. Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right”. Now, relate that to organizing. The reality of getting organized isn’t nearly as frightening as the idea of it. If you tell yourself it’s scary then it will be just that! Use our organizing mindset mantras, organizing tips and motivational ideas to get past your fears and get organized today.
Organizing Mindset Mantra #1.
I will not judge myself for where I am starting. Organizing is a learnable skill.
Keep it Moving
If you are aware of your tendency to get caught up in the stories behind and attachments to the things you are organizing, then you can avoid the time-suck and keep things moving along. By not lingering on each item you uncover, you’ll create a momentum that allows you to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time, and seeing quick results is often all the motivation you need to push through to the end.
To facilitate a speedy organizing effort, start with a list of rooms or problem areas that you want to attack and break it down into bite-sized chunks that you can check off one by one. Set a timer for 10 or 15 minutes at the start of each task and let the ticking clock keep encouraging you to move ahead. These short time blocks work because you know there is an end in sight.
Organizing Mindset Mantra #2.
I am in control of my clutter, it will not control me. I am not powerless.
Don’t Overthink It
This is a huge challenge for many of us, but if you can manage not to overthink each organizing decision it will make the first item on this list that much easier. Making quick decisions is a key component in maintaining an organized life and the more you do it, the easier it becomes. If you find yourself getting caught up in whether to keep, donate, sell or recycle each item you handle, you’ve just identified one big reason you’ve been stuck in perpetual clutter. The more you practice this technique of deciding quickly what to hold on to and what to edit from your life, the easier and more freeing it becomes.
Organizing Mindset Mantra #3.
I do not need to be perfect. I need to take imperfect action.
Let It Go
One of the most common reasons people give when they’re struggling to get rid of their clutter is that they’re afraid they will get rid of something that they “may need” later on. This is the mentality of someone whose stuff is controlling them and not the other way around. More often than not, you will not even notice or remember the things that you no longer have, but what you will be keenly aware of is what you have gained by getting rid of things. The stress and discomfort that comes from living a disorganized, clutter-filled life will evaporate. Decluttering not only creates space in your home, it makes room for you to think and relax and to breathe… and those are things you need now, not “someday.”
Organizing Mindset Mantra #4.
I can let go of things and not lose myself in the process. My belongings do not define me.
You’ve Got This
Freeing yourself from clutter may not come naturally, but it is a skill that anyone can acquire. You can learn to live an organized life. We give you permission to take small advancements. Just keep telling yourself: Baby steps are a fine way to move forward and there is no shame in asking for (or hiring!) help. With our guidance, support, expertise, and accountability – you will have success on your project.
Have you overcome a decluttering aversion? What would your motivating mantra be?