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Get Ready

Posted by Sue on Jan 10, 2014  

Get ready. Get set. Go!

Happy New Year!

Are you ready to make 2014 your best year ever? I certainly am. So let’s get started!

A couple days ago I received this email from a client:

Sue, I finally decided to tackle that closet we’ve been discussing. I read in Decluttering 101 about clearing the space before cleaning and organizing it. I even remembered to lay out an old sheet to put all the stuff on! The only thing that I forgot was the open house we were supposed to attend at 4:00. Just about the time I’d pulled everything off the shelves and was ready to scrub everything down, Steve came through asking if I was ready to go. Ready? The only thing I was ready for was tripping over all the stuff I’d pulled out of the closet. Here I am, 3 days later, and I can’t seem to get myself motivated to finish the job. Help!

Decide2What happened? Janice had the motivation and know-how to organize her closet. But that wasn’t enough to insure success. Just as it’s wise to first check the depth and the water temperature before diving into a pond, before diving into a project it’s wise to think through what you’ll need and how you’ll proceed. How often have you gotten half way through a repair project only to realize that you have the wrong size screws or need another doo-whicky or thing-a-ma-bobber from the hardware store, which closed 15 minutes ago?

When you take the time to plan and prepare, you limit the number of oops and increase the chance of satisfied ahhs.

It’s not as complicated as it may sound. Simply put, it’s just three steps:

  1. Get ready. Plan out your project.
  2. Get set. Prepare yourself, you space and your tools.
  3. Go! Once you’ve planned and prepared, you’re ready to Go!

This week we’ll look at Get ready.

Whether you’re tackling something relatively simple like a junk drawer, or a more complicated venture like reorganizing the garage, taking time to plan before taking action is the difference between success and failure. Here are a couple questions to consider:

  1. What is your desired outcome or goal for the project? How do you want the room or space to function?
  2. How much time will the whole project take? Do you have the time and energy to accomplish this in one session, or do several sessions make more sense?
  3. If you’re working on a public/family space, can you leave your materials and tools (and perhaps the mess you’re making) out, or do you need to clean up between sessions?

Considering these questions before taking action will save you time and frustration down the line. So, get ready to plan for success!

Next week: Get Set: Preparing to Succeed

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