An organized life yields a better, more productive and more peaceful life.
And living life looking outward will produce the greatest joy.
A joyful life, obviously, is a happy life.
I want to live a happy life – don’t you?
The world is a crazy place, more demanding and complicated than ever before. It’s not going to get better. Home should be a sanctuary, a peaceful respite in an unpredictable world.
But without organization, without a plan, home only serves as yet another stressful component in our already busy lives.
According to a recent survey on behalf of the Huffington Post, clutter was the main culprit of home-related stress in survey respondents.
Accumulation most often equals… clutter.
Nothing lends itself more to disorganization than clutter. And the older my family grows, the more we tend to accumulate.
It’s not easy to part with things… and ways.
I’m a sentimentalist. Every “thing” in our home, to me, has a meaning, a memory, an emotion attached to it.
Learning to separate meaning from meaningless is the goal.
Here’s the good news. Clearing the meaningless clutter from our life allows us to keep and enjoy what we love, what evokes memories and true meaning.
Nothing produces disharmony more than cluttered, disorganized stacks of meaningless accumulations.
Organizing your life might seem a bit overwhelming.
But I promise you, it’s not!
It’s simply one step in front of the other. Tackling one small project, after another, until in 31 days, you will find yourself … simply organized. With a system and routine that will keep you that way for the rest of your life.
We not aiming at perfection. We’re aiming at function. We’re not pursuing process, we’re pursuing a meaningful life with a home that supports peace and harmony.
Day 2: A Control Center
Day 3: The Welcome
Day 4: Kitchen Counters & Utensils
Day 5: Kitchen Cupboards
Day 6: The Pantry
Day 7: The Refrigerator
Day 8: Junk Drawer
Day 9: Eating Areas
Day 10: Living Room
Day 11: Home Office
Day 12: Household Filing System
Day 13: Important Documents
Day 14: Mail Station
Day 15: Master Bedroom
Day 16: Master Closet
Day 17: Master Bathroom
Day 18: Kids, Teens & Guest Rooms
Day 19: Family Bathroom
Day 20: Bonus Rooms
Day 21: Laundry Room
Day 22: Laundry Supply Checklist
Day 23: Linen Closet
Day 24: Garage
Day 25: Photographs
Day 26: Books & Magazines
Day 27: Medicine Cabinet
Day 28: Meal Planning
Day 29: Vehicles
Day 30: Calendar
Day 31: Take a Walk
At the end of 31 days, you’ll have put your eyes on everything in your home. Some areas will be quick, others will take a bit of thought and a little more time, depending on your needs.
The end result will be an in-place plan that you’ve designed and customized to function for your life. A plan that can be adjusted and tweaked as life changes or addresses change. A method you’ll want to revisit time and again.
And your life?
Clear, purposeful… organized.
Here’s to simplifying life – in 31 days or less.
Are you ready to take control of your life and organize it once and for all so it works for you instead of against you?
For the next 31 days, we will post a daily challenge by zone with some easy checklist suggestions to help you eliminate and organize.
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And by the way, tomorrow, Day 1 of the challenge, is really easy.
Are you ready?
I certainly am!
Join me as together we reclaim peace in our lives!
In the comment section below, post any ideas or inspirations you have that will benefit other readers as we do this together!