Thanks for signing up for the fourth annual Get Organized Community Challenge! Though the Community Challenge doesn't start until Monday, January 26, you can start getting ready with these six simple tasks that will inspire you as well as help you understand what to expect. Here's to creating calm out of chaos!
Now is also a great time to invite a friend to join you, so that you can motivate each other to get organized.
1. Meet Your Community Challenge Leader
A professional organizer since 1988 and author of the book The Zen of Organizing, Regina Leeds will help you learn how to get rid of the clutter and achieve control over your environment
During the Community Challenge you'll be able to:
- Introduce yourself to Regina and ask her your organizing questions on the Get Organized message board
- Talk LIVE to Regina and other GO Girls in Regina's Tuesday night chats at 9pm ET
- Learn how GO Girl Terri streamlined her cluttered workspace. Plus, read Terri's tips on how she was able to make this incredible transformation.
- Discover how GO Girl Amy transformed her chaotic dining room and pantry into clutter-free spaces. Plus, learn Amy's five secrets for getting organized.
3. Buy a Journal
2. Get Inspired by Last Year's Success Stories
Think you are the only one with a cluttered closet and unkempt desk? You're not. Last year over 16,000 women signed up for the Get Organized Community Challenge because they wanted to clear the chaos from their lives
Sound like an odd request? You may not have thought that organizing your closets or files was a part of a life changing process, but to truly understand what has stopped you from getting organized in the past, you must be able to observe your experiences and record your goals. The best way to do this is through journal writing. Before the Community Challenge begins, buy yourself a brand new notebook in which you will record your thoughts and the answers to specific exercises given to you during the Community Challenge. Learn more about why journaling is key to organizing.
4. Make a Commitment
It seems in life that the commitments we take seriously involve signing a written agreement. Take a minute now to read the Get Organized Commitment Contract. Print out a copy and sign it. Why not keep this copy in the front of your Get Organized Journal? You can reread it whenever you feel the need to reconfirm your resolution to get organized.
5. Get the Organizing Tools You Need
One of the most frustrating experiences you can have is starting an organizing project and having to interrupt the flow by dashing to the store for supplies. Learn which tools of the trade will help you the most in your organizing endeavors.
6. Ask Your Doubts and Judgments to Take a Six-Week Holiday
A Note From Regina Leeds:
Several years ago I was undecided about leaving Los Angeles to return to New York for Christmas. The trip was especially important to me because I hadn't been home for the holidays in almost 10 years.
A dear friend asked why I was hesitating. I gave her a laundry list of things that concerned me. "Let's pretend that I have a magic box in my office," she said. "You can put all of your concerns in the box. I'll keep them and watch over them until you return. If you still want them when you get back, I'll give them back to you." I did what she said and had the vacation of a lifetime.
Now it's my turn to ask you to surrender. Put your doubts, judgments, worries and concerns on hold. I'm going to bet that in six weeks they will have outworn their welcome.
Still having doubts about whether or not you're ready to get organized? Ask the GO Girls on the Get Organized message board how they were able to conquer their fears the first time they followed the Get Organized Community Challenge.