DNS:Amy's Story

Amy's Best Advice

1. Do the journal work. It's amazing what you'll discover about yourself.

2. Organizing is a skill that takes practice.  If you've never been taught how to be organized, you cannot expect to do it perfectly the first time you try.

3. Don't expect to get completely organized overnight. It's a lifestyle change, not a quick fix. Be patient and acknowledge your successes.

4.It's all right to start over as many times as you need to.  It's not a race.

5. Visit the Get Organized message board often for support.

Amy's Story

What made you decide to take the Get Organized Community Challenge?®

I had just moved a few months earlier and my house was a disaster area.  I was searching the Internet for tips to get organized and came across the announcement for the Get Organized Community Challenge.  I didn't really know if it would help, but I figured it wouldn't hurt if I tried, so I decided to give it a try.

How much progress did you think you would make in six weeks?

I wasn't sure what to expect, but I knew I wouldn't get my whole house organized in six weeks.  I just went along with it and made an effort to do each week's exercises.

Did you surpass/fall short of your expectations during the Community Challenge?®               

I far surpassed my expectations.  I didn't get it all done in the first six weeks. It has been an ongoing challenge, but I did see remarkable progress at the beginning, and, with the support of the other ladies on the board, I was inspired to keep going. Within a few months, I was mostly unpacked from the move, had finished a lot of the redecorating and had a house in which I could actually live.

What part of the house was most difficult to organize?

The most difficult parts of my house to organize were the dining room and master bedroom.  I had a habit of collecting papers on my dining room table (and I've finally broken that habit).  There are still some areas of the dining room that need organizing, but the room is far better than it has ever been!  As for my master bedroom, that is still a sore spot I hope to conquer with the new Community Challenge!

Did you get/want any help from anyone?

I did most of the work myself, but my husband helped occasionally, mostly to help lift heavy things.  I also asked him for his input in some areas.

How much time do you devote to organizing each day?

During the Community Challenge, not more than an hour most days, but some days I worked longer. Now I spend a half an hour or less for basic maintenance of the house.

How has your life changed/improved since you took the Community Challenge?

I waste less time looking for things and I'm not always stressed out about what a mess the house is.  I can also have company over -- with very little notice -- without feeling like I have to dump everything from one room into another to hide the mess.

Has the Community Challenge remained a part of your daily routine?

To a degree, but I haven't been keeping up with it as much as I would like to.  However, when I do I neglect an area, it is much easier to get it back in shape.



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