Getting organized is one of those things that continually shows up on my “To Do List.”
The funny thing is that I consider myself a “semi-organized” person on most days. My house is pretty orderly and things are usually picked up and put away. However, the areas that I need to organize are several years of photos, a few months of bills and more importantly my closet full of clothes that I don’t wear anymore.
I always start out organizing projects with good intentions, making progress, and then getting side tracked or bored along the way. Sometimes I even feel that all I do is move things from one place to another!
I wonder … what stops me from being organized?
Can you resonate with any of my examples? Or maybe you have other areas where you struggle to get organized?
If so, you’re in luck! My friend, colleague and Christian Organizer Coach, Tiffany Lynn Lepp, has graciously agreed to share a few tips on what holds people back from getting organized.
Here is the guest blog post written by Tiffany Lynn Lepp – Christian Organizer Coach, Certified Organizer Coach®, and Certified Professional Organizer®.
It’s a four letter word for a reason.
Fear prevents us from being and showing up as our best selves. Fear limits us. Fear gets in the way of God’s intention for our lives. And fear especially shows up when we are trying to clutter-free, organize, and simplify our lives.
I’ve helped hundreds of women organize their home and life – either virtually or physically – and I’ve heard it all.
The most popular statements are:
I have to keep it. I might need it someday.
I have to do it perfectly, or I won’t do it at all.
Once my home (life) is organized, I will ________.
(take cooking classes, lose weight, go back to school,
spend more time at home, take up scrapbooking, etc.)
The trouble with these statements is that they are fear based and prevent you from reaching your organizing goals.
I might need it someday suggests that you are afraid your future needs might not be met. But, God tells us differently.Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34 (NIV)
Of course, this is much easier said than done. It’s hard not to worry about what the future might hold. That’s where faith comes in.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 (ESV)
Do you struggle with letting stuff go? Reframe your thinking. Could you buy it again? Borrow it from a friend? Rent it?
Get into a positive mental state by saying affirmation statements out loud:
I have everything I need.
I trust that what I need will be provided for me.
My life is full and complete.
I have to do it perfectly, or I won’t do it at all suggests that there is a right and wrong way to clutter-free, organize, or simply your life. There isn’t. There might be ways that work better for you, but there is no one right way.
We wait for the perfect time. We wait to find the perfect organizing tool. We wait until we hit that perfect weight. We wait.
Actor, Michael J. Fox once said, I’m careful not to confuse excellent with perfection. Excellence I can strive for; perfection is God’s business.
We are going to make mistakes. It’s human nature.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3:23 (ESV). Strive to do the best you can with what you have to work with today. You can always make a different decision or change something later. Organizing a space today, and tweaking it later is better than organizing later.
Once my home (life) is organized, I will [fill-in-the-blank].
It sounds silly, but most of us are actually afraid of achieving our dreams. If we clutter-free, organize, and simplify our lives then what? Then, we might have to start doing what we say is important to us like focusing on our health, family, spirituality, personal and professional growth, etc.
Subconsciously many of us hide behind our cluttered lives because we are afraid of what a non-cluttered life would look like. There is safety behind the clutter. We use it as an excuse. What if it was no longer a crutch? What if you de cluttered your life, set out to make your dreams come true and failed? What if…
The best way to overcome this type of fear is to do the very thing you are afraid of doing BEFORE you being to focus on organizing your life. Take the cooking class, go to the gym a few times a week, spend more time at home, research the dream vacation. Live the life you want as best as you can before you set out to organize, simplify, and clutter-free your life.
What will happen is that you are so excited about life and all its possibilities that you will use that fuel (energy) to organize your home because you know doing so will just make is easier to fulfill all the other dreams.
Bottom line – if you are trying to clutter-free, organize, and simplify your life start from within. Learn all about fear and your relationship to fear. When you feel like you have control over this emotion then start to physically takes steps towards organizing your home and life.
©2014 Tiffany Lynn Lepp
A special thanks to Tiffany for sharing all of this useful information.
I hope that you have found some helpful tips on how to face your fears and get your life organized.
I know I did!
One statement that resonated with me was, “Do you struggle with letting stuff go? Reframe your thinking. Could you buy it again? Borrow it from a friend? Rent it?”
Wow, this made me think about all the things that I keep in my closet or pantry to use one day! After reading this, I’ve decided that I’m going to donate some items and let someone else get good use out of them. I really do have everything I need. And besides, I know that the space that I’ll free up will certainly make me feel better!
If you feel that you need help organizing your life, I encourage you to reach out to Tiffany Lynn Lepp. She is a Christian Organizer Coach, Certified Organizer Coach®, and Certified Professional Organizer®. Tiffany is also the author of the How to Say No eGuide and Super-Simple-Sort eGuide. She coaches women on how to live a less cluttered and more Christ centered life.
Here’s to a more organized and clutter-free life!
P.S. I’d love to hear from you. What do you think? Let me know which area of your life you’re planning to organize.