Day 31: Take a Walk
Today ends 31 days.
It was a worthwhile journey, a hopefully life-changing path that will produce a simpler, easier life. We’ve accomplished a lot together!
We will end our Easy Steps to an Organized Life the way we began – we will take a walk.
I encourage you to retrieve your notes from Day 1 and carry them with you as you once again tour your home and your accomplishments. Remind yourself of what was, and appreciate what is… and even what could be.
You may want to take photos of the areas for which you are most proud, or made the biggest change. Enjoy it! You set a new course not only for yourself but for those you share life with.
For the last 31 days, you made a decision to free your home from the unneeded stress of clutter and disorganization. It has been a journey that has put your eyes on every space in your house, from the entry way to bedrooms, the kitchen, to closets, even the junk drawer. I hope the journey has been as meaningful to you as it has to me!
What You’ve Accomplished
You have created a blueprint that will carry you month in and month out as you manage home and simplify your life.
Completing the Cycle
“It’s exactly the same with the rest of your home. “If you don’t finish the task you commence, telling yourself, “I’ll get to that later,” then – in that moment – you’ve given into clutter. Finishing the cycle means completing anything that you start.” – Peter Walsh
A FINAL THOUGHT
I have come, not willingly I might add, to the conclusion that we can reshuffle the chairs on the deck of the titanic any number of ways, but the ship is destined to sink unless we make changes in our life. Not a fan of the one-in, one-out theory of organization, as it seems arbitrary to me. There is, however, an underlying principle that remains. We can only reshuffle our “things” so many times before we realize that to stay truly organized and relieve our lives of stress, we must continue to eliminate.
Because truly, life is so much more than the sum of our possessions. Our “things” will never bring us the joy we desire. They are temporal at best. While they may bring joy for a moment, it won’t last. As I mentioned in the beginning of this journey, “Things can be representative of moments in which we found joy, people who have brought joy, events that have brought joy. But the object itself does not bring joy.”
While we have spent the last 31 days focused on eliminating and reorganizing, lasting joy is only found in the people we love, and the relationships we build.
Hopefully, this past 31 days will allow you to enjoy these more fully!
When we began this journey… our vision was to create a functioning plan, customized just for you. An adjustable plan that can be tweaked as life changes or addresses change. A method you’ll want to revisit time and again.
And your life?
Clear, purposeful… organized. And…we did it!
No plan is perfect, but we now have the basis to keep command of our “things” so our time can be spent enjoying the people and experiences that mean the most.
Here is to keeping an organized life – in 31 days or less!
Today I am including one last checklist to print out and consider an organizational monthly blueprint. I use it as a daily reminder to spend a few moments in particular areas of my home, to put my eyes that area and:
• Straighten as needed.
• Put away things that belong in other rooms.
• Eliminate as needed.
• Replenish as needed.
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