- adding stress and a sense of being overwhelmed,
- causing arguments and resentment between family members,
- turning a house into an uncomfortable unhappy place instead of a pleasant one,
- limiting their social life because they don’t want to invite friends into the house.
If you want to do it yourself start this weekend, yes this weekend!
Start small; tackle one drawer that contains things you don’t care much about. Set yourself up to succeed by starting small with things that aren’t emotional. Your pajama drawer, for example, or the drawer with the kitchen utensils are good starting points.
If you don’t love what you see when you open the drawers, or if it doesn’t “spark joy”, as Marie Kondo says, give it away. Make room in your life for joy!
Once you feel the sense of accomplishment and see the difference in your living space it will be easier to tackle other areas.
“The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” – Chinese proverb
Don’t let the size of the job overwhelm you. My husband used to tell the kids “If you just did what I asked instead of arguing with me about it you’d be done by now.” It’s also true with big projects. If you started it when you first decided it needed to get done you’d be finished by now.
So chip away at a project and be happy with slow steady progress. The clutter or disorganization didn’t accumulate in one day so don’t expect to get it organized in one weekend. Be realistic about the commitment needed to finish the job.
I think what inspires each of us to take action is as personal as the organizing systems that work for us. I hope you’ve found at least one of these quotes meaningful enough to get you moving on your journey to an organized life. Here are a few more that may speak to you.
“There are only two sure ways to fail. You either quit, or you don’t start.” – Anonymous
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” – English Designer, William Morris
“Planning is bringing the future into the present so you can do something about it now.” – Alan Lakein