You’ve often heard it said, “Change doesn’t happen overnight.” I completely agree with that statement. It’s absolutely true. You can’t snap your fingers and expect immediate change, whether you’re changing your diet to lose twenty pounds, changing your attitude and choice of words to improve your marriage, or on a mission to get organized or maintain organization. It takes time, diligence and effort. No one can force you to change or impose change on you.
In the next few paragraphs, I’m going to outline the steps to achieving organizational change. Now don’t get me wrong – I’m not talking about perfection – I’m just suggesting being more organized than you are now, seeing overall improvement.
- Thinking about getting organized / contemplating asking for help
- Researching organizers and calling organizers
- Hiring an organizer and making an appointment(s)
- Maintaining new systems
People often get stuck in the first or second step of change and sometimes never make it to actual, physical change in step three. For some, their pride tells them they don’t need help or that they can organize on their own. For others, it is fear. It feels vulnerable and transparent to allow someone into their home or work space. So they never move forward to receive the help they need.
For those that make it to number three, I applaud you. You are stepping out in faith, trusting your organizer to take you through the organizing process. You will benefit and see and feel a difference. Work hard at the different organizing projects on your list and have a plan to work through all of them.
Beware though, of getting stuck in step three. You can live your life without an organizer. If it sounds as if I don’t want to be working long term with a client, be assured that’s not true. I have very loyal clients, some going back to when I first started my business 9.5 years ago. What I’m trying to make clear is that some organizers never help their clients achieve a platform or launching point for maintenance. I will equip you to go forward without me having to come every week or every month. Of course, I often see clients on a recurring basis, but there shouldn’t be unhealthy codependency.
Finally, you reach the fourth step where you are maintaining spaces in your home or at work. You know the systems and know what needs to be done to maintain them. Of course we all fall off the horse when life situations change, but those “catch up” or “maintenance organizing appointments” are easy and fast. Systems are already established and it’s easy to catch up. We don’t start from scratch because we’ve done the hard work at the beginning. Now we go with the flow and adapt and maintain when and where needed.
Which step you are on?
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