Motivation For Organizing

Motivation For Organizing

Beth Zeigler
Sep 3, 2009

090309motivate-01.jpgIn the Professional Organizing business, we often get frantic phone calls from clients who need organizing help ASAP. Unfortunately, because of time or money restrictions, a portion of folks aren't able to reach their organizing goals. Since we are constantly educating our clients on how to stay motivated and maintain their organization, we wondered-- how do Apartment Therapy readers get motivated to organize?

  • We always like to use beautiful photos as inspirational motivation. Organizing blogs, home decor blogs and magazines are a great place to start.
  • Other folks neat homes usually give us that push to get our own space in tip top shape. And sometimes, disorganized and messy homes can surprisingly have a similar affect.
  • Apparently, Rachael from Apartment Therapy DC has the same thought process. She recommends tuning into a show on hoarders for cleaning motivation (we guarantee it'll bring out your inner-organizer).
  • If you can't afford a Professional Organizer's rates, check out a workshop or take a class on organizing. You're bound to meet other folks just like you. You can find a buddy for accountability or attend a Clutterers Anonymous Group in your area.
  • We're always motivated by picturing the "after" of an area once it's done. Sitting back and imagining our organized files and containers always drives us to make make our imaginary "after" a reality.
  • Telling yourself you only have to organize for 15 to 30 minutes seems to get most folks on the organizing bandwagon. If you enter into a project knowing it will take three or more hours--you're likely to put it off. But, if you work at it and organize in small bursts, you'll have a better chance of accomplishing your goals.

Apartment Therapy readers--what are your motivational tips and tricks to get (and stay) organized?

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