January is always a good time for fresh beginnings, updated goals, and a more put-together you. Fittingly, the National Association of Professional Organizers has designated January as “Get Organized Month.”
So how can we focus on getting organized, help make our lives run more smoothly, and stay the course until the work is done?
Let’s take a look at some wisdom from the ages.
All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action. – James Russell Lowell
It’s most likely that Lowell meant “a single lovely action” to be kindness towards others but this quote applies to getting organized, too. No matter how many thoughts we have about being organized, it’s action that counts. Do one thing. Toss one item, give something away, organize one shelf.
You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it. – Charles Buxton
What a great quote for our busy lives! We can always use the excuse that we don’t have time to organize or downsize – so we have to make it a priority, put it in our schedule.
“Now is the time. Needs are great, but your possibilities are greater.” – Bill Blackman
Yes, now is the time to get organized. Start small, start with the easy stuff, but do start. The results will be worth it: what great possibilities await.
Stay the course
“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” – Samuel Beckett
Rather than looking at getting organized as one big project, try seeing it as a series of many small projects. Some of the small decluttering plans may be quick, some may take time; some may be easy, some may be a struggle. But all are worth doing.
Toss the object, keep the memory
Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go. – Herman Hesse
Keep the memories, get rid of the stuff – the mantra of our book – says it all. You are not letting go of your life, or your memories, you are just getting rid of stuff that clutters your life.
Action is better than perfection
“Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.” – Dr. Robert Schuller
Simply said, done is better than perfect.
Wishing everyone a less cluttered, more organized month.
≈Linda Hetzer is an editor and author of books on home design, crafts, and food, and coauthor of Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home.
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