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This week I’ve focused on resolutions and the process for planning for your new year.  As this year comes to a close, I encourage you to take a look back at what you’ve done.  What have you accomplished?  What happened to the things that you resolved to do at the end of last year?  Did they remain resolutions or did they get transformed into goals and get accomplished?

Be honest with yourself, but don’t beat yourself up either. Everyone wants to be better for the new year. That’s why everyone makes the resolutions for the gym, getting organized, quitting smoking, etc.  The truth of the matter is that so many people have false starts. They have lots of plans, things they want to do or get accomplished in the New Year, but they run out of steam before they get the ball rolling with any real momentum.

What have you done lately?  Did you make resolutions for 2009?  Did you taken action?  If not,  what stopped you? If you expect new results just because it’s a new year, you’re making a big mistake.  To get your desired result, you have to take your resolutions and turn them into solid goals, then develop a plan to carry them out along with the  systems, tools, motivation and support needed to accomplish them.

If you didn’t accomplish everything that you wanted to this year, ask your self why and make a change.  Focus on taking your resolutions to goals and into reality.

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Believe it or not, clutter doesn’t just impact your physical environment.  One thing that it impacts is your physical body.  Think about how you’ve felt before when you’ve walked into a cluttered space.  It’s confining, it seems to suck all of your energy and makes it hard to focus on what you’re doing.  In cluttered office spaces you may have had the feeling of something coming over you when you walk into the space.  Have you ever had one of these experiences when you walk into a cluttered space?

When we clear the clutter and address the underlying reason for it being present, it paves the way for us to release other things.  For example, once you let go of the clutter, it paves the way for you to release excess weight.  And likewise, when you loose weight, you feel the need to get rid of the clutter that’s in your environment.  The two are directly connected.  One is a reflection of the other.  To deal with either one of them you have to change your perspective and look at what lies beneath to get rid of your clutter once and for all.

One of the things that I find people struggle most with is clutter.  It starts small and then it builds into something that you just can’t seem to get rid of.  It can get to the point of  you having one room or an entire house full of clutter.  The challenge is getting to the point of being able to clear it up and then to keep it from coming back.

The truth of the matter is that clutter has physical,  emotional and mental connections that we aren’t aware of.  When you aren’t aware of those connections and what they are, you can clear the clutter, but it’s guaranteed to come back because the root of the problem hasn’t been addressed.

I have found that people dealing with clutter have had something happen that starts the process of things accumulating and when they get to the point of being serious about getting rid of it, they are ready to get to the physical, emotional and mental things that are present and cluttering their lives.  When the internal connections are addressed in the process of getting rid of the clutter, it’s possible to get rid of the clutter and keep it away for good.

Do you have clutter that you just can’t get rid of or have you gotten rid of it before only to have it return?  Are you all cluttered out?  Post your thoughts or experiences in a reply.

Learn more during our F-R-E-E September  TeleClinic recording, Clutter: Your Environment, Body & MindClick here for info.

Have you started an organizing project and then got stuck?  This usually happens when people get overwhelmed, which really is just a conversation.

When people start to organize a space in their home, it usually takes longer than they anticipate.  Once they realize that, the overwhelm conversation begins.  As a rule of thumb, if you think it’s going to take you an hour to organize one area, chances are that it’s going to take twice as long.  With that in mind, plan your project.  Schedule the days and times that you are going to work.  If you think it’s going to take four hours, then schedule four hours in your calendar to do the work, then stick to that schedule.  If, as you work you see that it will take longer, schedule additional time.

As you work, don’t allow the overwhelm and the emotions that come up to get to you.  Remember that getting organized is a process and that during that process your space may look a bit more disorganized, but it’s not going to stay that way.  Once it comes time to work on your project, leave everything else alone.  That means the phone, the television and other things that will change your focus.  Keep working on the task at hand.

When it’s time for your next session, work on just that for the time that you’ve scheduled and stick with the other scheduled times until you are completely done.  Don’t allow the overwhelm to keep you from moving forward with yor organizing.

How many times have you attempted to get organized and bought containers for your stuff and then not been able to use the boxes and bins that you bought?  This is the result of not doing the prep work before you start our organizing.

So many times I’ve seen people get excited about getting organized and then go out and buy containers that they think they need to organize their space and things and end up not be able to use them once they finish the sorting and purging.

Before you go shopping, do your prep work.  Look at what you have left to organize after your sorting and purging.  What do you need in order to store everything?  Filing cabinet, shelves, bins or boxes?  Measure the space you want your filing cabinet to go in so that you know what your space can accommodate.  If you need shelves, what’s going to go on the shelves? Are you just stacking books or do you want to house your books and containers for other items?  Determine the size of the shelves and the space between them according to the items that you want to place on them.  Do your homework first!  Then go buy your containers.

As for the the containers that you might have purchased before doing your homework, looks for places that you can store smaller related items in small spots in your bathroom, kitchen or bedroom and use the containers for those things.

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