In this Issue

  • Goal for the Month - Change Your Life One Goal at a Time
  • What's New at - new info!
  • Coming next month at Life Organize It
  • Welcome to the Organize-It-Mom E-zine - This month's hot topic [Let go of the "organizing guilt"... .]

In this section of the newsletter we work on changing our lives for the better by setting goals each month.

How many of us are setting goals for the New Year? My husband and I write out goals each year for the different aspects of our lives... Spiritual, Marital, Work, Kids, etc. I like to look over the previous year's goals and see how I did over the year. We'll in 2009 I did pretty good on my goals except in the spiritual area. I need to work on that one more. So, set some goals for the New Year. Just make sure to do the following when making goals:

  • Vague or general goals never work, make them specific
  • Your goals must be measurable (you need to know what you're working toward and be able to tell when you've achieved your goal)
  • Goal(s) must be personal to you and you only. I can't set a goal for my husband to lose or gain weight, but I can, in my role as a mother, set a goal to have my four year old reading by year's end.
  • Goals must be time sensitive. Set yourself a deadline in which to achieve your goal(s).
  • Last, but definitely not least, write your goal(s) down. Putting pen to paper has a dramatic effect on you achieving your goal(s).

In this Issue

What's New at Life Organize It

As we move into the new year, we're working on organizing our lives and controlling the clutter in and around our homes. The first new page is a simple way to keep your purse handy and keep germs out of your home. Next, since most of us aren't replacing our old cars, we need to keep them running and out of the repair shop. This car maintenance schedule and checklist is a super easy read yet invaluable tool to add life to your vehicle while saving you money.

A fun and unique way to store your purse when you're out at a restaurant or bar and there's no where to store it!

Whether you're a married mom, single mom, single woman, man, etc., you'll be sure to appreciate this simple and handy car maintenance schedule and checklist to keep your car running in tip-top shape and avoid costly repairs.

If there's something you'd like to see on Life Organize It, please feel free to let me know. Just reply to this e-zine.

Coming next month at Life Organize It...

  • Controlling Clutter. We'll continue to take a look at clutter in and around the house and learn how to control it one item and section at a time.

Welcome to the Organize-It-Mom e-zine. Let go off the 'oranzing guilt'.

What is organizing guilt and how many of us get it? Organizing guilt is just that... guilt over not getting yourself, your home, life, family, etc. organized. Even though I'm a Professional Organizer, I still get organizing guilt too. But, in order to be a productive member of society, let alone find some time for ourselves in our busy lives, we all need to be somewhat organized.

It's important to let go of any guilt you may have from not being organized. Guilt is really a useless emotion in this situation... what good is it going to do to feel guilty about a cluttered mess? Just put the guilt aside and get it together. Start on a small organizing project and remember the four steps to getting organized: 1) Declutter, 2) Categorize, and 3) Create a space for what's left, and that's really all there is to it.

Now, don't think that once you've organized something you're done. You may need to re-work a space a couple of times until you find a system that's functional for you. For instance, we've lived in our current home for about a year and I've re-worked my clothes closet a couple of times. The first time it took me half a day to declutter, categorize, and organize and I kept it that way for a few months or so taking note of what worked and what didn't.

I then went onto Container Store to plan a custom elfa closet space. This is a great service where you provide the measurements of your closet and what you need to store in it and they provide you with a custom closet. Now, I've purchased an elfa closet for my kids, but I didn't want to spend a lot of money on my closet. So, to re-work my closet, I spent a couple of hours using their design and simply used what I had on hand already saving me oh about... $1,000!

So, let go of that organizing guilt, make a list of what you need to get organized around the house, and carve out some time to get it done. Pretty soon, your list will all be checked off, you'll be organized, and much less stressed.

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