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The ABC's of Organizing Kids: V is for Visualize.

I am often asked how I help people part with things.  Part of the answer is to help them visualize what they want the area we are working in to be and/or how they want to use it.  It is hard to part with things when you are just looking at each item and what value they might be for you.  But, when you see those items as an obstacle to having a space the way you want it or to use it the way you would want to use it, this process is much easier. 

If you had a basement full of "stuff" that you have been keeping for whatever reason; you might not really see the value in going through these things and getting rid of them.  But, if you visualized this room as a recreation room, an exercise room, a den, a craft room, a bar, or whatever you are dreaming of, you would now look at those items in your basement as things that are standing in your way and of much less value.  We can stifle ourselves with stuff in a way that we cannot see the benefits of new things coming to us.  You can help your children visualize things in the same way.  If they want an area in their room to sit and read, layout games to play, add a piece of furniture, they would also see that they need to remove things in the same way.   

Visualization can also be of great help in focusing on goals.  If your child wants to be a great soccer player, a ballerina, an astronaut, you can help them make a vision board.  This is a board where you place pictures of goals you want to attain.  This keeps our focus on those goals in a very visual and present way and allows us a much greater opportunity to fulfill those goals.  Visualization is a very powerful tool.  You may have heard of people who actually visualize their performance in sport or other area of competitive nature and by literally walking through the process in their mind visualizing it, they have practiced in a way that benefits them as if they were actually there.  The majorities of us are visual learners anyway, but for any of us, seeing what we want and using that focus to remove our obstacles (physically or mentally) will greatly help us achieve those things we want to in life.

posted on: 3/3/2008 9:00:00 AM by Rosanne Larkins
category: Family

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Rosanne Larkins, Defining Time & Space Professional Organizing, Helping people put peace into their life through simplifying things around them. Reduce stress through creating order, save money knowing what you have, save time knowing where to find things.

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