Monday, March 2, 2015

THE ORGANIZING JOURNEY and ONE QUESTION

This is a simple program. We stick with the basics as 
they are presented in these messages. Keep reading. 
Keep adding one part of the program at a time.

Contents of New Ideas for Today
  1. Message of the Day - The Organizing Journey
  2. Did You Know?
  3. Habit of the Day
  4. Family Reminder of the Day
  5. Quote of the Day
  6. Question of The Day
  7. From the Trenches - One Question
  8. More Info
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1. Message of the Day

THE ORGANIZING JOURNEY

At a convention of the National Association of Professional\Organizers, 
several organizers mentioned to me a favorite motto of theirs: 
"Organization is a journey, not a destination."

What does this really mean? Before you read further, pause a 
moment and think about what you think it may mean.

It means that getting the house organized is not the whole 
answer. Getting the house organized (as by yourself or a 
professional organizer) is important but the real long term 
answer is to change your daily habits consistently.

Following good habits and routines is the journey that will 
make the organizational difference.
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2. Did You Know?

Don't forget the daily reminders!!! Do you have a copy posted 
somewhere?
Click here to print a copy of the daily Reminders and How-To's 
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3. Habit of the Day

DO THINGS ASAP.

EMPTY THE DISHWASHER as soon as possible 
after it is finished washing. A full dishwasher 
causes the sink to gather dishes. Yuck! Bad habit!

HANDLE YOUR MAIL today and every day. 
The buildup of mail and other papers is the 
single worst clutter problem.
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4. Family Reminder of the Day

Leave no trace. The scouts have a rule that 
when you leave an area you should leave no 
trash showing you have been in the area.
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5. Quote of the Day

A schedule defends from chaos and whim. 
It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding 
on which a worker can stand and labor with both 
hands at sections of time. A schedule is a mock-up 
of reason and order--willed, faked, and so brought into being.

Anne Dillard (The Writing Life)
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6. Question of The Day

Have you chosen one of the suggestions given 
above in the Message of the Day? 
How has it worked for you?

Tell us by posting on Friends-of-The-Organizer-Lady.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Friends-of-The-Organizer-Lady
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7. From the Trenches

MARGIE ASKS:

FOLLOW THE RULE OF TEN (AMBIVALENCE BOX THINGS) 

Gather ten things you know you should get rid of but don't want to. 
Put them in an Ambivalence box which you store out of the way. 
Put a date on the box when you will move it out of the house. 
You may retrieve an item you must up until that day. 
On that date, however, the box is forever sealed to you 
and the box of things is given away.

QUESTION: When you use this method above, how long 
should you keep the box? 30, 60, 90 days or a year?
Thank you,
Margie

ANSWER: There is no specific guideline. 
The wait is for your mental benefit. Choose the 
shortest time you think will suit you. Leave them 
there long enough to become comfortable with your 
decision to discard your items. You will also see how 
much nicer it is without them taking up space in 
your house. You will also be proud that you are 
gathering your power to take control of the house. 
Then you get the energy to discard your items.
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8. More Info

Repetition is important.
Forward to friends if desired but not to other sites.
Read this whole posting or only what you can take in today,
then delete it.
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MESSIES ANONYMOUS SLOGAN

Please memorize this slogan and post it on your wall.

The secret to success is making very small, yet
very consistent, changes.

Or to make it short; Baby steps, baby steps in the
right direction.

116 © Sandra Felton 2010


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