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“The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.” Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture


6 Steps to help you unblock your organizing roadblocks

There are many steps to take toward getting organized. Sometimes it is an easy step like when you see a drawer that is messy and you realize that you are so done with looking at how messy it is every time you open it so you stop everything that you are doing and just tackle that drawer once and for all. But sometimes getting organized needs more depth, more forethought, it needs a plan, it needs a starting point.


“Gavin's Law: Live to start. Start to live.” Richie Norton, The Power of Starting Something Stupid: How to Crush Fear, Make Dreams Happen, and Live without Regret

So, step 1, plan to start. By making plans you are essentially starting something. Starting could be as easy as deciding that today is the day your closet will get organized. Your thoughts started you on this road. Anything that gets in the way now is procrastination and fear. Just start.


“There is a fine line between challenging yourself and overwhelming yourself.” Brittany Burgunder

Step 2 don’t get caught in the weeds. Looking at the project in its entirety can be overwhelming. Pick one thing, remove that one thing from its messy location and keep going, one thing at a time.


“He who has a WHY to live for can bear almost any how.” Friedrich Nietzsche

Step 3 if you know what you want the end result to look like, create a vision board, draw a picture on paper, use sticky notes to mark the spots you know you want things to live in, outline with tape or paint on the walls or spaces where your organizing will begin. Every part of this vision must have a clear “why” attached to it. Why do want to organize this space? Why do you want that item to live there? Always keep your “why” in front of you.


“The secret to permanently breaking any bad habit is to love something greater than the habit.”

Bryant McGill

Step 4 create intention. Are the items being removed from the messy space items that you want to keep, donate or trash? Are you trying to break a clutter habit by organizing this space? What is your intention for this clutter free space? Intention helps create habit. Always reminding yourself of your intention will lead to habits that will serve you forever.


“We can fill our lives with ‘stuff,’ but as we do, we’re concurrently filling our lives with the obligation to maintain that ‘stuff.” Craig D. Lounsbrough

Step 5 see the step through to the end. If you have a donate pile, take the items to be donated to your car or put into a wagon or put into whatever will be transporting the donations. Or, call your local junk hauler company with a specific date to come and take away your donations.


“In the space between chaos and shape there was another chance.” Jeanette Winterson, The World and Other Places: Stories

Step 6 don’t spend money if you don’t have to. Use what you have, get creative with it and think in every direction. Use vertical space, horizontal space, depth of space and hanging space. Use items from around the house to create temporary storage until you can acquire what you really want/need. Remove a door if you want more room, add shelving if you need more nooks and crannies. Create a new chance for an old space to come alive.


Requesting the help of a Professional Organizer can reduce stress, relieve anxiety and increase creativity. Consider using a Professional Organizer for all your decluttering and home/office organizing needs and for accountability. Groom Your Room is a great place to start.


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