It is hard to notice the creep. Life is busy and there are only so many hours in the day. We move from one task or event to the next with little down time. That is the way everyone is living.
How many of these statements relate to you and your beliefs?
When I was growing up and moving every year of my life, we were regularly purging the things we didn’t use anymore. Maybe that is one of the reasons my mom wanted to move.
People think I must live in a perfectly organized home. I like to say “I am one of the most organized people I know.”
Zoom ahead and now I have lived in the same house for over 25 years. Not the same dynamic, right?
I know how time files by and one year starts to look like the last one. Except for the creep. Closets, drawers, spaces just seem to fill up. Where did all that stuff come from?
That is the creep.
I regularly purge my office once a year at year end. Even though that is really good at making me feel like I am organized, I don’t go through everything.
Every drawer, every shelf and every surface has acquired new stuff. It takes a different time, usually spring to go through all things. It never ceases to amaze me how much I get rid of every time.
There are a lot of reasons there is more over time. Let’s look at a few that you probably identify with.
- I bought things!
- I moved things around. Maybe took something out of the closet and now it sits out.
- I created paperwork, printing out things, acquiring things.
- I don’t have enough storage space. Lots of us have a catch-all room where unused things go to rest “until we need it” or until the next season or holiday.
- There was a great garage sale.
- An event, party, or trip happened and we needed things for that one time.
- I don’t have a plan for getting rid of things because I never learned a method.
Life does get busy. Isn’t that what makes us perform better? It shouldn’t be used as an excuse.
It can take a crisis, people visiting who need the guest room, divorce, or even a death to move some to purge.
Ask yourself, “What would my life be like, every day, if I were in control of my stuff?
If I never spent time looking for things?
If I got dressed quickly in clothes that I look fabulous in?
If my kids did the same!?!?!
If I didn’t waste time every day.
If I worked in an office that makes it a joy to see the success my business creates.
There is hope. There is another way to live. There are people doing it! It isn’t a dream, it is real. And it isn’t real hard.
One of the number one things people have said to me over the years is that they are too busy to get organized. It takes too much time.
How much time does it take to live disorganized? Measure that. It isn’t just time though. It is —
- frustration (you waste time looking for something)
- embarrassment (you show up late often)
- shame (you don’t have people over because you don’t want them to see)
- low self-esteem (think you should know how to be organized)
- lack of productivity (you procrastinate)
- waste of money (you can’t find something so you buy another)
- what came up for you that can be added to this list?
You are smart. You are a high achiever. You have created a business.
You can learn to be more organized.
You just need someone to support and teach you. You can be one of the most organized people you know.
In my next email, I’ll go deeper into that possibility and what it will take. What it will mean to your life to be in control of what matters.
P.S. Be thinking about what this can mean to you. Feel free to send me an email with the thoughts that came to you as you read this and considered the possibilities.