Thursday, February 23, 2012

One Simple Thing-Size Matters

One of the biggest impediments
to folks getting organized is taking that first step.
Especially if you've been in your home for a while,
it's amazing how much accumulates.
Oftentimes, until one is forced to deal with it,
say getting ready for a move,
the sheer volume of possessions isn't realized.
Ya know what?

Just start small.

One drawer in the kitchen.

One cabinet.

One shelf in a bookcase.
I had been putting off organizing these shelves.
Not that they were a mess,
just couldn't get motivated.

So, after purging any books we didn't absolutely need to keep,
I took one shelf per week and got it done.

My final project for this bookcase
is to house all of our appliance manuals in binders
and make 'em look pretty.

(Look for a future post on this...)
Even though it's taken me a few weeks to get it done,
the important thing is that I did it at my own pace
and, in keeping with my new year's promise
to focus on intentional simplicity,

It doesn't have to be done all at once.
If there is an overwhelming feeling of impossibility
in completing the task,
break it up.

Do a room in sections or
a piece of furniture one drawer at a time.
With each successful exercise,
it becomes more motivating to complete other areas.
Just take that first step...

One Simple Thing

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  1. I cant wait to see that binder. What a great idea. Especially since you always find you have a manual for something you got rid of ten years ago.

  2. Dividing up this big project into smaller sections has really helped me on the 29 Day Challenge. Great advice!

  3. hsmominmo-Glad you found it helpful! Happy organizing!

  4. Intentional Simplicity - what a beautiful term. And for that alone I am here to read more. I am also on the journey to do one shelf, one drawer, one room at a time. It's keeping it up despite interuptions that is that biggest challenge.

  5. Love My Cavaliers-Hope you find more here that strikes a chord for you. A little every day...

  6. You are so right....organizing can feel so overwhelming! Breaking a project up into smaller bits is something I need to work on! I always stress myself out because I try to do it ALL at once! Can't wait to see more of your posts!

    1. Anything can be broken up into smaller projects. Do whatever it takes to get it done!

  7. It is funny how one thing leads to another and another.

    1. Love your handle.
      It really is motivating to complete something and notice how much time it adds and stress it removes from your life!


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