get organized month

January is Get Organized Month, sponsored by the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO).

According to a NAPO public survey, more than 80% of people believe that if they were more organized, their quality of life would improve.

What does organized mean, though? To some people, it might mean having every surface clear. Others might believe that being organized means labeling every basket, bin, drawer and shelf.

Being organized, to me, is simply being able to find what you need, when you need it. That means designating places to put things, putting them back after using them and not having so much stuff that you have to excavate each time in order to reach the one thing you want.

Consider letting go of anything that isn’t serving you well. Find places to keep things near where you use them. Group like items together. These are some basic principles of organizing.

You can use the same principles for organizing your clothes, papers, photos and memorabilia, your car, pantry and refrigerator, your ideas and your time. The principles apply to electronic organizing, too.

Today I sent my 2007 electronic records to my computer’s recycling bin. My anti-virus software even allowed me “shred” it. Just as in the physical world, having lots of room on your hard drive doesn’t mean you need to fill it.

All during January, I will be providing tips on facebook to help you move forward with your organizing goals. Share your success stories or frustrations and get motivated to achieve.

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