Get in the Organizing Mindset
Updated: Feb 22, 2019
If you find that you have fallen behind on your home organizing, you should try to make an event out of whipping it back into shape. Turn on your favorite music, put those sweats on and do a little dancing. Why not? Instead of letting stress seep into the process of organizing, reframe the activity your own way to attach a positive vibe to it.
This is my process if I get behind:
1. Turn on my jam - depending on what mood I'm in, I may turn on some 90's hits, country or my go-to, Otis Redding (for when I want to get introspective and soulful)
2. Start with a category (mail/papers, clothes, dishes...etc) or a room (bedroom, bath...)
3. Give myself a reward or a break after each category or room. (ex. coffee/snack, social media break, dance break [don't judge, it's a thing], or cross it off my list - because that is super satisfying for me)
Sometimes I get, what I call, a productivity high, and I like to multitask my goals to feel like a superwoman and get some variety in my day.
It might look like this:
Objective - multitask organizing and getting fit goals
1. Turn on my jam, of course
2. Put dishes away, then do 30 crunches
3. Reward - some coffee
4. Fold laundry, then do 20 push-ups
5. Reward - social media break (don't let this eat too much time, though)
This is just an example of one of my tools, and it centers around the work/reward system that is a main focus in Neil Fiore's book The Now Habit. This kind of system tends to work well for procrastinators and those who already have a good grip on prioritizing their tasks.
If this kind of system does not appeal to you, worry not, because there are a number of ways you can go about staying tidy and moving forward with something that's important to you while still enjoying the process. It truly is important to enjoy the process in order to make it a way of life and not just a quick fix.