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There's something in the air. We're not quite sure what it is but recently we've been having lots of conversations with people who feel they don't have time to get organized. Do you feel this way, too?

If you're overwhelmed by clutter and aren't sure where to get started on your organizing journey, this can so often lead to paralysis. It feels like it's going to take forever to clear out all that clutter, and quite frankly you don't have forever. It feels like a hopeless battle so you don't get started. Now it's not because you don't want to do something about the clutter. And it's not because you're lazy. (So please, quit telling yourself that!) It's because it feels like whatever you do it won't be enough. It will hardly scratch the surface.

Our 'go-to' strategy for getting organized (and staying organized, for that matter) is to declutter or organize for fifteen minutes a day. But if you're faced with a lot of clutter you might hear that advice and think "What's the point? Fifteen minutes may work for other people, but it isn't going to make any noticeable difference in my home. I need to do more."

Well...yes, you will need to do more. (We all will.) Fifteen minutes of organizing in any home won't get the job done forever. But when you're feeling overwhelmed by your clutter the goal isn't to get the job is to get the job started! Take your mind off of finishing and put it on getting started. Don't worry that you don't know all the steps to get to a clutter free home. Pick one step...and do that one thing for fifteen minutes that will move you toward that vision of a peaceful and organized home.

Here's something else to consider that you may not have before: ?your home got cluttered in small bits of time, too. It didn't get this way in a single built up slowly over time. So it's reasonable then, that small organizing sessions over a period of time will help you work your way back to where you want to be.

So don't worry if it feels like fifteen minutes won't make a difference-it will make a difference. You may have to trust me on this one, but even if you can't see a difference after fifteen minutes, you will feel it! You will feel different when you get up off that chair and start taking action. And every single minute you spend heading in the direction of that organized home will make a difference! Every single step you take forward...moves you one step closer to where you want to be.

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