When it comes to my work, I am a master of organization. My prop cabinet has shelves organized by prop type (linen, bowl, accessories, etc). My computer files are divided into folders by type and client. I have spreadsheets for tracking everything from social media stats to income. They are up-to-date, and constantly monitored, to ensure that my work life is on the right course.
But when it comes to my home … well, let’s just say organized is definitely not my middle name.
That’s not to say that I don’t try. I do, and when I tackle a project you can count on the organization lasting for awhile. The problem is that there inevitably is some slide … and before I know it, organizing needs to be tackled again.
The good news? Experts say that even if you aren’t organized now, you can be with a little effort. You just have to be willing to put in that effort.
“Organizing is a learnable skill. If you need help to figure out a plan, then enlist it, and learn what you need to learn from someone who has practiced organizing longer than you have — thatʼs really the only difference. Disorganization steals us of precious time and energy, and builds the bars between us and our goals and dreams,” says Virginia Barkley, bestselling author of ClutterBusting for Busy Women: How to Create a C.A.L.M. Life to Have More Time & Energy.
Right about now, my family is snickering that they don’t believe I’ll ever be organized. And who can blame them? My track record isn’t exactly stellar. Still, that doesn’t mean I can’t and won’t try. And Barkley says that the first step is to believe it. And I do — I truly believe that given the chance, I can be a pinnacle of organization. Or, at least organized enough.
“Embrace the idea that you are perfectly capable of being organized. All possibilities begin within us. Do something small and then celebrate,” says Barkley.
Baby steps. That really is the secret to many successes, isn’t it? Starting big can sound good — but that often backfires and leaves you feeling totally put off and demotivated. Yes, I can see the wisdom in taking baby steps.
“If there are several areas of a home that are cluttered, organize the area that you see first thing in the morning. Seeing calm breeds being calm. The bedroom is our nest and our place of refuge. Its energy affects the quality of our sleep and sets the tone for our day when we open our eyes,” says Barkley.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I am off to organize my dresser. (Hold me.)