Terri's Story

Terri's Best Advice

1. Do the journaling exercises!  They may seem unnecessary, but you' ll find that they really do help.

2. Don't give up!  No matter how bad you think you are doing, or how much someone else completes and how down you feel for not getting the results you expect -- never give up!

3. Use the Get Organized message board and chats!  It's amazing how many women out there have it just as bad (or maybe even worse) than you do!  You will gain a great deal encouragement and support from the other GO Girls.  You will also get many ideas for issues that you may be facing.  Also, your posts could be just the inspiration another woman may be seeking.

4. Develop a personal website with before and after pictures.  It's hard to share your messes, but a lot of people find comfort in knowing that they really aren't the only ones dealing with a mess.

5. Enjoy the journey!  It may seem like work, but it can be fun!  Going on the Get Organized Journey with Regina and all the other Go Girls, you will experience ups and downs, laughter and tears.  Enjoy your successes, share them with others and enjoy others' successes!  More importantly, enjoy the friendships you will develop.

Terri's Story

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

I've been a GO Girl for a year. I took the original Community Challenge because I was desperate and I've been disorganized for as long as I can remember! I always felt organized when I worked in an office setting, but never at home.When I began the Community Challenge I had two small children; one was three years old at the time, and the other was at six months. I didn't want my children to grow up in a messy environment, and I wanted to spend more time with them without feeling guilty about letting go of my housework. The Community Challenge sounded like something worth trying.

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

I had set my sites extremely high when I began the Community Challenge.  I figured I could get it all done during the challenge period, even though we were told the Community Challenge was really meant to just give us knowledge about organizing. They also told us not to expect to be completely organized by the end of the Community Challenge -- but I still truly believed I would be organized! 

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

I was very disappointed with my progress during the Community Challenge.  It wasn't until I took a good hard look at what I had accomplished that I realized just how much I actually did accomplish.  It was only a matter of time and focus before I reached my goals.

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?

Regina's weekly chats were a great source of help!  I also got help from the other GO Girls on the board and at our casual chats.  Regina's book, and Regina herself were both really informative and her advice still stands even though the original Community Challenge is over.

How much time do you devote to organizing each day?

Unfortunately, I can't put a time on my organizing.  I just worked on the house when I was able, without devoting a set amount of time to it.

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

My life has improved greatly since the Community Challenge.  My attitude about my home has changed and I actually take time to do some fun things without feeling guilty!  It doesn't take as long to pick up when company is coming over, and so much of the stress I used to experience has minimized greatly!

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

I am still organizing.  I now understand that I didn't get disorganized over night; nor will I become organized over night.  I can't put a time limit on how much I do.  I have developed some routines that help me tackle the most important items and I still use my task lists to get me through the day.  Unfortunately, my task lists are never completed -- they're too comprehensive.  I still post to the Get Organized board when I can and love to hear everyone else's success stories!  I have developed some great friendships with other GO Girls and have learned much and gained much support and encouragement.  Our GO Community has become so much more than just an organizing support group, we've become a community of friends who share many of the same issues, both positive and negative.  We share hardships, successes, losses, and happy events.  We've had new homes, new babies, weddings, loss of loved ones, unemployment, hospitalization -- so much more than just organizing issues.



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