8 things I’ve learned about order

If getting more organized at home, work – and life – is something you wish for in 2012, follow along with me!

EACH WEEK: We’ll tackle a small piece.  Some things I already have down and will tell you how I did it. Other areas I’ll be searching for solutions {for myself!} and will share what I have found.

WHAT WILL ADDING MORE ORDER TO YOUR LIFE DO? A more organized space can bring an immediate sense of calm. It makes things {including what you see in the mirror!} look better. And work better. A better managed calendar can bring more balance, more fun, more control. It has a ripple effect – affecting everyone from our kids to our co-workers. {And even our pets – have you ever noticed that?!}

 

Another benefit: an increased level of happiness! Literally an hour ago I sat in the dentist office reading this month’s Good Housekeeping and ran across this quote from one of my favorite authors:

The Happiness Project's Gretchen Rubin {photo credit: Bjorn Wallender / Good Housekeeping}

” ‘Order is Heaven’s first law,’ wrote the poet Alexander Pope, and one of the things that has surprised me most is the inverse relationship between clutter and happiness. In the context of a happy life, maintaining a roomy coat closet or a bare kitchen counter may seem like a trivial accomplishment, but somehow it can have a grand effect on your level of happiness.”

Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project

THIS WEEK: I’ll share my personal philosophy on order: 8 things I’ve learned - so far. As with life, it’s a work in progress.

 MY PHILOSOPHY ON ORDER – WHAT I’VE LEARNED

1. My mantra:  surround yourself with what you love. Many of us are bogged down in excess – from our cabinets to our calendars. For me, order is about having a vision (knowing, keeping and adding what you DO love) and streamlining (purging:  taking out what you DON’T love).

2. Each of us defines order differently – and we each need a personalized approach.

3. Bringing more order into your life is a process. It doesn’t happen overnight, but if you work on it little by little, you will begin to feel that “shift” from chaos to control.

4.  Building systems is vital to keeping the order you create. Strive to keep these systems as simple as possible!

5. Evaluate and tweak when necessary.

6. If you are completely overwhelmed, want quicker results, or simply need another viewpoint, enlist the help of a trusted friend or professional organizer.

7. LET GO of perfection.

8.  Infusing order into life brings tremendous benefits:  from less stress to more control … which positively impacts our attitude, health and loved ones … and translates into one thing we DO need in excess:  PEACE.

DO YOU KNOW ANYONE WHO’D LIKE TO JOIN ALONG EACH WEEK? If so, please share – the buttons on bottom of this post make it easy! And if interested, they can join my address book by CLICKING HERE {my blog page} and entering email address at top, right.

WANT A LITTLE EXTRA? Would love for you to join me on Facebook {you can find me under both Angela Harris Design AND Your Life Organizer} and Twitter {AngelaDesign}.

NEXT WEEK: We’ll get started!

Wishing you each a Happy {+ more organized} New Year!!

All the best,

Angela


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