Our mess reflects the part of us that’s feels out of control. It may or may not be the entire house or office. It may be an extra bedroom, your desk, a junk drawer, your dresser drawers, closet or even your car.
The problem is that when our mind is in turmoil it can be difficult to tackle the external mess. I’m not an organizing expert and if you need help I can certainly recommend someone, but reading Marie’s book reminded that the best thing to do when your feeling overwhelmed is to tackle just one small project at a time. The trick is to just start!
Don’t think about all the things you have to do, just concentrate on one thing, but finish it to completion. For instance if your office is a mess don’t decide to work on the entire room in one day, you’ll get overwhelmed and won't start, just tackle your desk and don’t stop until its’ cleared off. If you leave part of the project for another day you won’t have the sense of pride and accomplishment you’ll get from seeing your desk the way you want it, and finishing that one project will make you excited to do more.
Try not to think of organizing as work, think about it as taking back control of your life. Be excited about regaining your power and you’ll also find that when your surroundings are calm, you’ll feel calmer and be able to handle things better.
I have to share this wonderful tip from Marie’s book. You may already know how to fold clothes, but I have tried all kinds of methods, from rolling them to folding them flat and nothing has really worked well for me.
Marie suggests that you store your clothing standing up. “The goal is to fold each piece of clothing into a simple, smooth rectangle. First, fold each lengthwise side of the garment toward the center (such as the left-hand, then the right-hand sides of a shirt) and tuck the sleeves in to make a long rectangular shape. It doesn’t matter how you fold the sleeves. Next, pick up one short end of the rectangle and fold toward the other short end. Then fold again, in the same manner, in halves or in thirds. The number of folds should be adjusted so that the folded clothing when standing on edge fits the height of the drawer.”
I love this method! I found that folding my clothing in this manner makes it easy to find what I want immediately, because I can see all my clothes at one time, and they actually take up less space and aren’t wrinkled!
Enjoy yourself, be empowered and live with intention!