Getting organized is a common New Year’s resolution, but one that often doesn’t have a lot of staying power. Instead I ask clients to look for ways of making life simpler. I call it “Simplesizing® ” and to make it happen we apply organizing principles to life.
The first resolution is to create clarity about what it is that we want from our lives, from a professional standpoint as well as a personal standpoint. If you don’t have clarity about what you want, everything becomes more difficult.
2. Take Stock of Where You Are
The second resolution is to take stock of where you are. I ask people to evaluate where they are in relation to their goals.
3. Decide What You Really Want
The third resolution is to decide what you really want. This makes it very easy to see where you should put your focus for the New Year. Do you want more time with family? A more secure financial future? A more organized home? It’s important to prioritize.
4. Be Aware of What You Already Have
Sometimes we forget about resources we already have, and so we buy more, adding to our cluttered life. For example, you buy a new dress to wear for an upcoming event before checking in your closet to see what you already own that might work. This Simplesizing resolution could save you thousands of dollars a year.
5. Identify What You Truly Need
Separating wants from needs helps eliminate the clutter created when we try to satisfy our wants.
6. Clear Away Anything Unnecessary
Clutter can immobilize. Removing what is no longer needed, used, loved, or detrimental to our goals can free us to live more satisfying lives.
7. Organize for Functionality
An organizing system should work with you, not against you. Organize in a way that makes sense to you. Give yourself easy access to what you frequently need, and keep other items out of your way.
8. Be Intentional and Maximize Results
Simplesizing won’t happen unless we resolve to be intentional in our efforts. If we are, results will follow.
9. Maintain Systems Daily
Simplesizing needs to become a habit. Taking a few minutes each day to remove clutter and prioritize our efforts will go a long way.
10. Celebrate Success and Your Power to Change
It’s not easy to change. We are bombarded each day with messages that can easily get us off track and prevent us from accomplishing what will make us happy. Celebrate your success and your power to change. Make 2014 the year you took 10 Simplesizing Resolutions and made them your own.