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Table of Contents

-Introduction
-Did you know?
-Monthly Mission – Bedroom and Closet
-What’s New on Plan-and-Organize-Life.com – Recent site additions
-How to Get Motivated and Keep the Momentum

Introduction

I hope that everyone got off to a great start this January. I have had a very busy month trying to declutter things from my home. (I got rid of six bags of stuff last week alone and the month isn’t quite over.) On top of the new stuff from the holidays, we changed some things around in our living room. I knew I wouldn’t be able to get everything done at once, so I made a list of all the areas of my home that bug me when I look at them. I hope to keep up this enthusiasm and tackle that list of organizing projects throughout the year. What areas in your home need some attention and reorganizing?

A friend told me she’s heard people say that this is “The Year of the Purge”. I love it! Let's use that ourselves. We’ll all feel much more free after we let go of a lot of unwanted and unneeded stuff. So let’s go with it and get down to it!


Did you know…

Peter Walsh has a new show about getting organized on the new Oprah Winphrey Network (OWN)?

I love Peter Walsh, organizing guru. His new show is called "Enough Already!" He makes so much sense to me, especially with things like limiting your space and not overfilling it, and designing your home for the life you desire, not from your past or from the stuff you might use some day. And he has such compassion for the people he works with (though, he's no pushover). Check it out on Monday evenings on OWN. For me, this is a more positive show about more typical messy people. I used to love watching Hoarders but it always left me sort of sad. I hope you get a chance to watch Enough Already and find some inspiration. Find the OWN channel in your area


The Monthly Mission – Bedroom and Closet

February’s monthly mission is to clean up our bedrooms and work through our closets. Our bedrooms should be a place where we can relax, not stare at piles of stuff.

To read more about February’s monthly mission, click here.



Recent Site Additions

Here are some of the more recently added pages to the website you may have missed.

Spice Rack - See before and after photos of my spice storage including my new spice rack.

Garage Makeover - before and after photos of my personal garage makeover. See how we tackled the problems and ended up with a functional garage.

Streamline Your Morning Routine - Ideas to help you get out the door in the morning and be on time for work or school.

Storage Shed Organization - Before and after photos of my storage shed reorganization project.

Toy Organizing Project - After Christmas I had to do some toy re-organizing. Here is a before and after of my little toy organizing project.

Bathroom Drawer Make Over - How to organize a bathroom drawer, an example with before and after photos.

Stop Clutter - Quick simple tips on how to stop the clutter from coming into your home in the first place.

Organize Your Junk Drawer - take control of that drawer you toss stray items into. Give it purpose with a few minutes and a little organization.


How to Get Motivated and Keep the Momentum

Hopefully you’ve gotten a good start this year, and even if you haven’t, here is a good way to get inspired and maintain that momentum:

Focus on decluttering and organizing areas that make the most visual impact.

Organizing your sock drawer is great, but you can’t see it unless you open your drawer. You’ve spent hours organizing all the drawers in your rooms and when you walk into your bedroom, what do you see? A pile of unfolded laundry or stuff that needs to be dealt with, NOT the nicely organized drawers. And you still feel overwhelmed with clutter, especially after you feel like you’ve been doing such a great job and spent so much time working on your home.

Instead, focus on an area that calls out to you every time you walk pass it. Something that’s obvious and irritating. Maybe it’s that messy desk, or a particular room, or a corner of a room. Only YOU know what those areas are that frustrate you the most. Use your newfound energy to declutter and reorganize one of those areas. You’ll see results right away. You’ll see how great things look every time you walk pass it. You’ll feel proud and happy. You’ll see that you DID accomplish something and make progress. You’ll feel the calm in that area now, and the control you have over your home. These kind of feelings will keep you inspired to move onto another corner or table or room.

Start with the visible clutter and then work on the hidden clutter. You won’t get it all done in a day. It took you longer than that to collect everything you’re decluttering. So give yourself a big pat on the back for the progress you DO make, and keep on moving forward.

So, what area do you plan to work on first?! Make a list of a few areas that drive you crazy, that you’ve been saying “I need to get to that someday”. Then focus on them first before you get into the little things. Until next time, happy organizing!

Sincerely,

Tracy Greene
Plan-and-Organize-Life.com



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