One of the most quoted sayings in the organizing world is, “Clutter is nothing more than postponed decisions.” (Barbara Hemphill). Ask any organizer if that’s true, and they will tell you that’s exactly right.
Which means decision-making plays an important role in the journey towards an organized life.
But what decisions do you need to make to bring order to your home and spaces? Surprisingly, quite a few!
10 decisions that lead to an organized life
1. A decision to start – starting can be overwhelming and scary, but it’s necessary. You can’t reach your final destination until you start the race.
2. A decision to make the time – it’s not about finding the time, it’s about being intentional and making the time in your schedule. As the saying goes, “What gets scheduled, gets done!
3. A decision to not make excuses – excuses such as “Someone might get mad if I get rid of this,” “I might need it someday,” or “It cost me a lot of money” are just stumbling blocks that keep you tied down in clutter.
4. A decision to let go – there is freedom in letting go, and until you do, you’ll never have the organized life you long for.
5. A decision to be content with less – having an orderly life doesn’t mean you live with nothing. However, simplifying and being content with less stuff is part of the equation.
6. A decision to stop buying unnecessarily – shopping is necessary for life, but clutter accumulates when you shop based on what’s on sale or because you simply want something. Focus on only buying what you need and see how that makes a difference.
7. A decision to make homes for your stuff – a place for everything and everything in its place keeps things organized and tidy!
8. A decision to organize your way (not imitate or compare yourself to anyone else) – organizing isn’t one-size-fits-all; you are unique and so is your organizing style! Don’t compare yourself to others or try to copy someone else’s organizing methods – they probably won’t work for you.
9. A decision to say no – by saying no to things that drain you, distract you, or stress you out, you are paving the way to the life you want.
10. A decision to keep going/not quit when you fall back into disorganization – no one’s perfect and there will be times when the clutter and chaos creep back in. That doesn’t mean you’re hopeless; it just means you have to pick yourself back up and try again.
An organized life is possible, but it requires is some decision-making on your part. Some decisions will be easy, others much harder; some you will make, others you won’t. But as Zig Ziglar said, “You cannot make progress without making decisions.”
You’re only one decision away from a different life – what decision will you make?