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Blog: The Nature of Being Organized
The Best Way To Approach Organizing

What's the best way to approach your organizing projects, from your head or your heart? Is being more organized just about learning all the tips and techniques or is it something deeper?
The urge to get organized probably starts out with your emotions—overwhelm, frustration, discouragement or guilt. These powerful emotions light the fire that eventually moves you into more rational thinking. You might do some research, hire an organizer or take a class and put some useful tips and techniques to work. Once order has been restored you feel free, calm and accomplished. What happens to you, though, when the disorder reappears?
Following your heart, listening to your inner wisdom has nothing to do with your emotions or your rational thinking, but it has everything to do with receiving and listening to messages from your soul or spirit. Where there is chaos and clutter it longs for order, peace and spaciousness. It is your inner wisdom that truly pulls you toward being organized. It knows consistency and the natural rhythm of order and disorder. It is not judgmental or critical, but accepting and compassionate. When you organize from your heart it feels light and liberating. You actually want to make it a part of your day.
It took me quite sometime to reach a place of following my heart when it came to being organized. I am a "recovering perfectionist", disorder of any kind threw me off and caused a great deal of discomfort. I organized from my emotions and head out of a need to be in control, a place of judgment and shame. Now I create messes and clean them up with ease. There is no overwhelm or guilt, only an understanding that it's just the flow of life at work. For a disorganized person on the organizing track the process is quite similar.
When you organize from your heart you choose to let go of habits that sabotage your progress and beliefs that prevent forward movement. Organizing from your heart will be and feel more natural. Shift old patterns that have taken hold and be free of the heaviness, let go of accumulated stuff with ease and create habits and routines that leave time in your day to do the fun things!
Organize from your head and feel the burden. Organize from your heart and let your spirit soar! Which one fits for you?
To Your Total Spaciousness!

posted on: 2/11/2010 12:00:00 PM by Maggie McCauley
category: The Mental Side

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The Nature of Being Organized

by Maggie McCauley

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Maggie McCauley, ACC, LICSW, The Effortless Organizing Coach, is the president of "A New View". She takes a holistic approach to organizing coaching her clients to create new habits that promote overall well-being, a sense of freedom and peace of mind.

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My Favorite Books

  • The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
  • It's Hard To Make A Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys by Marilyn Paul
  • Organize With Confidence by Elizabeth Hagen
  • The Secret Of Letting Go by Guy Finley
  • Life Is Short--Wear Your Party Pants by Loretta La Roche
  • The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
  • The Seven Whispers by Christina Baldwin
  • Loving What Is by Byron Katie
  • Making A Change For Good by Cheri Huber
  • "Happiness Now!" by Robert Holden, PhD.

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