“…and it’s lookin’ grim. A lake of fire lookin’ like a long trip…”
Raise your hand if you’ve ever looked at an organizing project this way!!!
I’ll admit it, I raised my hand!
That’s right. I’ve seen some projects before and thought “Holy balls. WTF?” As a matter of fact, it’s not uncommon that I have about thirty seconds of sheer panic when I wonder how the hell I’m gonna get from “It looks like a crazy-ass destructive burglary troupe has been using your home to train new recruits on the best practices for tossing a place” to “OH SWEET SERENITY IS THIS MY HOME??!”
I’m gonna let you in on a little secret.
Well, two little secrets.
The first one? That song lyric up there is from my absolute favorite “I’m-angry/hurt/frustrated-and-I-need-an-angry-song-to-make-me-feel-better” song. Seriously. The next time you need to blow off a little steam you should check it out. It’s called “Fist of Rage” and it’s on Kid Rock’s Devil Without a Cause album. There may be a smidge of foul language in there so don’t blast it at church, okay? Or near a kindergarten class.
The second secret? If you don’t figure out how to effectively break down an organizing task into smaller, more manageable pieces you’re never going to find long-term organizing success. You’re gonna be lookin’ at a lifetime of fire-filled lakes standing between you and the organized space you wanna have.
Kind of scary to think about, huh?
Think back to the last organizing project you worked on that didn’t pan out. What happened? WHY didn’t it work?
Here’s the feedback I got from my FB peeps when I posed that exact question.
Now think about this for a second. Let’s say you find yourself on the wrong side of that aforementioned lake of fire. Do you really think you can swim across that bitch? HELL. NO. You gotta get creative. You gotta think outside the box. You’re gonna bust out your Hunger Games moves, right? Pretty much you’re gonna be equal parts Katniss Everdeen and Frogger. You’re gonna break it down inch by inch. You can’t think about the WHOLE thing at once. Your first goal is to get to that tall rock about ten feet from shore. Next? Figure out a way to the weird tree about fifteen feet from the rock. How in the world that’s growing in a lake of fire you don’t even wanna know. Once you’re at the tree you’ll worry about tracking down a fireproof turtle or something to get you the rest of the way…
It’s the same thing with organizing.
You gotta break that project down inch by inch, so to speak.
And in doing so, you’ll remedy most of those experiences so candidly described by those FB peeps.
And I’m gonna teach you how to do it. I’m gonna walk you through the thought process that I use for each and every organizing task I tackle. Pretty much, I’m gonna give you the keys to the castle.
(I just hope this doesn’t turn into a Phoebe Buffay- esque “I taught a workshop on how to massage yourself at home and so they are” kinda situation!)
Ready to get started? All you need to do is click the worksheet below! (There’s an example for ya’ too. Just in case!)