by Susan McCarthy
Everyday practice: Throughout your day, ask, "How would an organized person act?"
You don’t become organized by decluttering a room – or even your entire house. You don’t become organized by cleaning your closet in January, sorting through your papers in March, and watching the clutter creep back until you motivate yourself to do more decluttering during fall cleaning.
Becoming organized is a process, and like most processes, there is no finish line. Instead, your consistent effort helps you see yourself as organized. Your actions support this identity.
Creating the identity of an organized person is about small, seemingly insignificant actions that reflect the behaviors of an organized person. Now, there’s no single definition of an organized person. One person may define organized as a near-empty kitchen counter while someone else who cooks a lot feels more organized when they have their blender and food processor on the counter, ready for use.
Start with a Habit
To become the type of person you want to become won’t happen overnight. Small actions repeated until they become automatic will help you in the process of becoming organized.
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Susan, chief (and only) organized squirrel at A Less Cluttered Life, pursues learning, practicing, and sharing information about the everyday habits that can lead to living a better life.