Becoming Organized

As you start on this journey, organizing may take longer than you think. Don't be daunted by this – plan for it. Remember the preparation-action-completion cycle? It operates here, too, so plan ahead to allocate time and energy to finish what you start in any particular organizing session. Also, plan sessions in which you identify new habits that you want to practice and a system that you would like to experiment with. You'll need time for all these activities. Schedule your organizing sessions when you are fresh and energized if you want your efforts to make a lasting difference. Don't organize when you are tired or during your "off" hours – this only makes it harder.

Use these rules of thumb as you set aside time to get organized:

  • Allocate much more time than you think you will need.
  • Do less than you think you can. Scope it down.
  • Start organizing only what you think you can finish in the allotted time.
  • Stop before you think you are done. Then, complete all the little details.
  • And a little twist on all of the above – follow your energy. If you started out clearing out the junk drawer but suddenly have great energy to clear out the basement, go for it. Just reset your intention and keep moving. We disorganized people are sometimes best at doing just what we didn't set out to do. So what. Keep the big picture in mind and keep going.
  • Remember that small steps actually taken are much more impactful than big steps not taken!!!


From It's Hard to Make a Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys by Marilyn Paul, Ph.D. Copyright ฉ 2003. Used by arrangement with Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

If you'd like to buy this book, click here or on the book cover. Get a 15% discount with the coupon code FENPARENT.


Where Should Newborns Sleep?
We've rounded up all the alternatives and considerations to make a safe choice for your new addition.

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, and create reading lists for kids!

5 Tips to Help Make Your Child Self-Sufficient
Follow these tips to help your child become self-sufficient, and help him learn the skills he'll need to take care of himself.

Ready for Kindergarten?
Try our award-winning Kindergarten Readiness app! This easy-to-use checklist comes with games and activities to help your child build essential skills for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Facebook icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks