getorganizedcroppedby Maria Gracia

Does the thought of getting organized sap your energy? It doesn’t have to. Here are 5 energizing ideas.

TAKE A DEEP BREATH. Getting overwhelmed just looking at the clutter is one of the greatest excuses not to start. Take a deep breath and focus on one small area. Once that area is done, there will be plenty of time for the rest.

EARLY BIRD OR NIGHT OWL. There’s no doubt about it. Organizing your home or office does take some energy. That’s why knowing your peak energy level is so important. If you’re an early bird and your energy level is very high in the morning, that’s the best time for you to declutter. If you have more energy at night, organize during that time instead.

KNOW YOUR LIMITS. Some people are at their best when they work in long, marathon sessions. Others can only work for 15 minutes at a time. Determine your limits and set your organizing schedule within that timeframe.

EAT HEALTHY, GET ENOUGH REST. Not eating nutritious meals regularly, and/or not sleeping enough, both highly contribute to feeling sluggish and disoriented. Most people need 3 nutritious meals per day (stay away from foods that can make you sleepy such as white flour and sugar), and require at least 7 hours of sleep or more per night. You may be amazed at how much more you can get done if you adjust these two areas.

MEGA MUSIC. Listening to cheery, upbeat music when you’re organizing can really get you moving, and keep you alert. Don’t play it so loud so that it’s a distraction. Keep it at an enjoyable, background level.

by Maria Gracia – Get Organized Now!

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  1. Sweenie on April 3, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Great tips! I always need to prepare myself before organizing an area of my office – the thought of sifting through piles of papers is nauseating! These tips are also helpful for staying calm on large tasks. I also light incense and get a beer when I’m organizing stuff.

  2. Beth on April 5, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    These are great tips to help me before I move. We have been in our current home for almost 6 years and two children later we need something bigger. Just thinking about all of the stuff we have is making me panic. We keep saying we are going to start going through it and decluttering but we always end before we get far because it’s just so much! It makes it harder that I am a night person and my husband is a morning person but we have to get a move on before moving day! I will try your tips and hopefully if we start small we will get through the house and not be stuck with 2 uhauls full of things we don’t need and don’t use.

  3. trinibabe on April 6, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Just thinking about organizing saps my energy, I will certainly be putting these tips to the test, thank you

  4. Chitra on April 7, 2009 at 3:55 am

    Extremely useful tips. I find organizing things at home so very boring and a routine job. Next time onwards, I am surely going to get some good music and make sure that I enjoy organizing things.

  5. Angie on April 9, 2009 at 6:25 am

    GREAT tips!!!! Thanks so much for posting this. I am always looking for ways to de-stress and also organize my life in ways that are easy and enjoyable. The music and knowing your limits suggestions are ones I have never considered before! Thanks again!

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