Welcome to My Organizing Tips! I’m Lesley, and it’s great to meet you.
So how does someone get passionate about organization? There’s a quote attributed to Richard Bach which states “You teach best what you most need to learn”. Well, I really needed to get organized.
I remember even back to being a child, my life was a mess. Now most children can be messy, but I literally had a small path around the perimeter of my room which was safe to walk on. There were piles of things everywhere – pictures and other memorabilia covering every inch of the walls, and I just could not part with any of it. And that was just the physical clutter! My life was also filled with more stress and emotional clutter than I knew how to handle (long and complex story ending in parents who eventually divorced). My parents encouraged me to clean up and let go of some of my possessions, but they themselves could easily be classified as “hoarders” so I didn’t have much inspiration. Somehow I still managed to keep my grades in line and become a successful teenager, but having to wake up, do homework, find things, and function in such a messy environment takes a toll on your emotional energy and ability to be productive and efficient in any aspect of your life.
I’m not sure what happened, but one day I woke up and just felt a switch flip within me. Perhaps I reached my frustration point, the “I’ve had it!” moment where you find the pain of staying the same is worse than the pain of change. Regardless, I remember asking my dad for boxes and spent the entire day (with no breaks!) completely overhauling my room. Granted, it was just one room, but it did take all day. And at the end of it I had only two small piles of papers for school in the middle of the floor. There were a few boxes of things to store, but most items had been tossed or donated. It was amazing. I still remember the looks of disbelief on my parents faces when they walked in after I was finished.
I can’t even begin to describe how much better I felt at the end of that day. I was tired, hungry and emotionally drained, but I felt wonderful. It was like a 500 lb weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I held onto that feeling for a long time, just laying on the (now visible) carpet and drinking in the moment.
Once the physical clutter was in order, I moved on to organizing my time and trying to lessen my stress levels. That took longer to figure out (especially since so much seemed beyond my control!), but I did eventually discover new techniques to dramatically improve that aspect of my life as well. Once I was out on my own after college I realized I really didn’t know anything about finances and money (seeing as how I was digging myself into a huge hole of debt), so it was time to learn organizational techniques for that also. Now I’m not here to tell you that my life is perfect. There are still times where physical clutter will start to build in my home, I may commit to things that take up too much time, my stress levels rise and I start to spend too much money. But I can tell you that am able to recognize when things need to change and I’m able to course correct with very little effort and get back to a place where I’m living my life in the happiest way possible.
You Can Do It Too!
Once you make a decision that something is going to happen in your life, it can be easy to take the first steps to get there. However, finishing the journey (especially when the going gets tough), or maintaining the progress you have made, can be the most difficult part. Luckily, when it comes to organization in your life I’ve paved the road for you. Whether it be organizing your home, your time, your finances, your stress levels or just basic decluttering, I have tested out what works and what doesn’t. So let me help you take your first step today – be sure to sign up for my free e-mail newsletter in the green box below. You’ll get weekly tips delivered right to your inbox, which is the easiest way to stay motivated and on track towards your new, organized life!
All the best,