Last week I wrote the blog about getting Back to the Basics. Looking back on this month I think that’s been a common theme of mine. So often we get into a groove where things are going so great and we feel like we can conquer the world!! I’d like to say that feeling lasts forever but we are human! It doesn’t last forever and that’s okay. It’s how we cope with it and the strides we take to get back into the groove of things.
When I lose my groove and things feel jumbled, I take a step back, breath and journal. My journal prompts are: What am I doing in my life right now that fuels me? What do I want to be doing? What roadblocks (physical and mental) have I hit that is preventing me from getting there? When was the last time I felt in control/in my groove? Then I envision what it felt like to be in that controlled headspace and visualize the steps I have to take today to get back there.
This journaling exercise helps me to organize my thoughts and provide clarity to my purpose. Taking the time to journal to these questions helps me to get back to the basics and take action today to get to where I want to be.
The feeling of having everything in our lives all together and under control isn’t continuous, but the time between doesn’t have to be long either. This idea is comparable to the organization in our homes. We may organize and get everything in its place and then we live it in, doing our best to keep it together. We do for a time but then one day we look around and we find we’ve lost control. Well my friend, congratulations! You are human. Don’t let this feeling linger. Fight all urges to throw in the towel and instead take charge of your space. Learn from why it didn’t stay organized like that first day and adjust. Do you need to schedule it into your week to tidy the space? Do you need to involve the family so they know? (More on keeping organization sustainable here) Do not accept defeat. Organization isn’t a quick fix, it’s a journey. Just like everything else we do in our lives, if we want to improve and get better it takes hard work and determination. If you’ve lost control of an area of your home, hit reset today. Visualize that perfectly organized space. Live in the daydream of what it it looks like to be perfectly organized for you and what feelings you have being surrounded by it. Use this visualization as fuel to take charge and organized your space once again. You can do it friend! I know you can!!
Until next time.
Hugs & love,
Hello, friend! Today I’m sharing 5 steps to achieving a more organized space. What sets me apart from other organizers is that I use techniques that I learned while in school at Iowa State University. In my Industrial Engineering classes I learned about the process called “5s”. I was enlightened to the topic of workplace organization and I was excited to go to class and learn how the 5s process, as well as many other techniques, can make a work environment more efficient. Now being in my field of engineering, majority of Industrial Engineers go on to work in a manufacturing facility, so a lot of examples and scenarios in school revolve around that. I looked at it from a Professional Organizer perspective. The techniques can so easily be translated to home organization!! So, let’s zero in on the 5s process as it relates to organizing your home.
5s is a Japanese method for workplace organization. It relates to five Japanese words: seiri, seiton, seiso, seiketsu and shitsuke. These translate to sort, set in order, shine, standardize and sustain.
Give these 5s steps a try. I hope they work for you to achieve a more order and organization in your space. Please feel free to leave a comment about your experience! I’d love to hear about it!!
I get asked a lot how I manage to stay organized and be productive in business and in my own life. I’ve tested a lot of different methods, checklists, and other people’s suggestions, and while some worked better than others, the important thing was finding what worked best for me and my lifestyle! The past month or so I’ve been trying out the following three things and I'm confident they’re going to stick!!
These past blog posts have laid out other habits that I’ve tried, and I’m not saying I don’t still do some of these things, but like my To-Do List habit, some things just don’t fit into my lifestyle anymore! Just like with organization, our needs and preferences change so we always need to reevaluate and adjust accordingly. I believe this is key to sustainability! I encourage you to take a look at your needs and test a few techniques out! Find what works best for you. :)
Until Next Time!
Hugs & love,
Happy Tuesday, all! Raise your hand if you want to get organized, but you just don’t know where to start?!? If this is your dilemma, I am here to tell you you’re not alone. Often when things get disorganized, it leads to feeling overwhelmed and you simply don’t know where to begin. Ask yourself the following questions:
I.What room do you or your family spend the most time in? You want the room that you spend the most time in to make you feel relaxed and comfortable, not overwhelmed and stressed by the cabinet that you know is containing the avalanche that would happen if you were to open it.
II.What room do you feel most frustrated/overwhelmed when you walk into it? While organizing every other room is good too, it would be like cutting off one head of the beast. Tackling this room, the one that makes you feel most frustrated, is like killing the beast.
III.What gives you the most joy? Family? A certain hobby? Cooking? What room does this translate to in your home? This goes along with question number one. Let yourself enjoy what brings you happiness with a clean organized space. If you love to cook but you can never find anything in your kitchen it gets to be a stressful situation quickly.
Once you’ve identified the room, use the 5 Steps to Achieving a More Organized Space Blog to start the organizing process. If you’re having trouble knowing what to keep and what to get rid of, take a look at this previous blog post.
So, what’s stopping you now? Stop avoiding it – Take Charge. Opt for Organization. Be brave!! And if you don’t want to, call me 😉 Have a wonderful day!!
Emily has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University. There she learned how valuable organization can be in being productive. She chose to use this knowledge and help others achieve this productivity and optimization in their homes and small businesses. Read & Enjoy and as always, let us know if you have any questions!