It can be easy to say “I want to get organized!”
You’ll read some blog posts, browse Pinterest to get ‘motivation’ and maybe you’ll even start putting a couple things in place.
But you’ll get overwhelmed quickly, and take a break.
“I’ve done enough today” you’ll think, “I got some inspiration and I know how to begin! I’ll begin tomorrow.”
But you never start.
No more excuses! Today is the day you can get started.
Creating Organizing Goals
You need to know what you want to accomplish if you’re going to accomplish it.
Looking at Pinterest ‘inspiration’ for hours on end, or reading blogs that can get you hyped up won’t do you any good. You may have this hazy vision of the “ideal home” or “ideal life” in your head, but you don’t really know exactly what it looks like.
Because you don’t know what it looks like, you don’t know what steps to take to get there.
So you get overwhelmed and give up.
Creating organizing goals will let you map out exactly what it is you want to accomplish, and when.
But what should those goals look like? Where to even begin?
I’m glad you asked.
Where to Even Begin
Begin with where you’re at right now!
Are you sitting in your bedroom? Your office? On the couch in the living room?
Don’t stress too much over this decision, just choose a room and start.
Now, the temptation may be to get ‘inspiration’ to know what to do with the room. DON’T!
Instead, look around your room for a bit.
See what stuff is in there. Are things in their homes, or are they scattered around?
As you look around, you’ll start to see things that need doing. The remote needs to be put away, the toys need to be put back in the bin, the books need to be stacked again on the coffee table.
The temptation may be to start doing those things. DON’T! At least, not yet.
Start first by writing down the things you need to do. When you think you’ve written them all, take 15 seconds and look around the room again. Something else will pop up. It almost always does.
Now you have a small (or maybe not so small) list of things to do.
Congratulations! You now have a list of tiny goals.
But I Want Bigger Goals!
Of course! You know what they say, if your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.
But you now have a list of smaller goals you can act on now. Go act on them, then come back here and keep reading!
Make Your Goals SMARTR
If we’re going to make big goals, we need to know how to accomplish them.
It can be easy to get a vague picture of what you want, then do little things here and there that you think are moving you toward that picture.
The reality is that we get distracted very easily. We need to have concrete action items to act on in order to take steps toward our goals.
You may have heard of the SMART mnemonic before. Essentially, it breaks down some qualities that every goal should have:
- S – Specific (or Significant)
- M – Measurable (or Meaningful)
- A – Attainable (or Action-Oriented)
- R – Relevant (or Rewarding)
- T – Time-bound (or Trackable)
If your goal is missing one of these pieces, it’s hard to know what it is you need to accomplish, or how to accomplish it.
If you make your goals SMART, however, you’ll know exactly what it is you’re trying to accomplish.
But setting the goal can be difficult sometimes. You may have the ideal Pinterest home in mind, but moving from the mess you live in to the model home you see is just too much.
To tackle this, I recommend adding another R to the SMART mnemonic.
- R – Realistic
Those kitchens you see pictures of that have 400 cabinets and miles of counter space aren’t doable in the 250 square feet you have to work with.
And that’s not a bad thing!
But when you have an image in your mind that the 400 cabinets is what you want, you’ll inevitably be disappointed or overwhelmed when you realize that it’s not attainable.
So keep your goals attainable. If a goal doesn’t seem attainable, then you need to break it down into more steps.
Make Your Goals Smaller
Don’t dream small, dream big!
When you dream big, it’s like you’re thinking up a big painting. That painting requires lots of brush strokes to be completed. Those brush strokes are what you need to set as your goals.
If you set out to just ‘create a painting’, you’ll fail. But if you set out to paint some mountains, then paint a river, then paint the trees, you’ll create a work of art.
The same applies to creating organizing goals.
Making bite-sized goals will allow you to tackle one piece of your dream at a time. Without getting overwhelmed.
While your dream is big, your goals are smaller. Which is a good thing!
Making a Roadmap
Get out a piece of paper and a pen. For real, go get them.
At the top of the paper, in big letters, write out something big you want to do. Write out a dream.
Here are some ideas:
- Have friends over for dinner once a week for a month.
- Finish the dining room.
- Sort through the storage room and throw out what’s not needed.
- Organize pictures on the computer.
Now, underneath those big letters, create bullet points of things you can do to move toward that goal. Remember to keep each bullet point SMARTR!
For example, if our dream is to finish the dining room:
- Pick out paint for the walls by the weekend.
- Buy painting equipment (brushes and rollers) by Monday.
- Paint all the walls in the next 2 weeks.
- Hang up the new curtains in the next 4 days.
- Wipe down the table and all the chairs in the next week.
- Sweep and mop the floor in the next 3 days.
- Pick out a new chandelier in the next month.
- Call the electrician within a week after the chandelier is picked out, to install it.
You now have bite-sized steps you can take to get where you want to go!
Now you shouldn’t be overwhelmed by everything. You have an actionable list of things you can do at just about any time, and every single one will move you toward your bigger dream.
Instead of reading yet another blog post, take action! If you have some goals outlined now, work on those!
If you’re still not sure where to start, check out our 100 decluttering tips.
They all take 5 minutes or less, so there’s no reason for you not to!