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Blog: Just Do It… Finding The Motivation
It's the Holidays – How do I Stay Organized?

Why doesn't somebody write a holiday jingle we all can relate to: "Hustle, hustle, hustle, rushing, rushing, rushing, there's oh so much for me to do…" sung to the tune of Jingle Bells. Honestly, our energy gets zapped just thinking about our list of things we need to do. So how can we keep up our organizing goals in the midst of this busy holiday season?


First of all, who says you have to keep up with everything, do everything, have everything, accomplish everything? How about a different approach? Let's see if we can pick and choose which priorities will receive our concentration over the holidays and which ones will receive a little less attention until we have more time to give them.

I sometimes refer to myself as a "recovering perfectionist". There was a time in my life where I tried to do it all, even if it killed me in the process. My expectations for myself, my family, my home, and such were so high that nothing less than perfect would do. I know -- overkill and unreasonable!

Thank goodness I've changed! Now I am oh so much more relaxed and "normal" when I compare myself to real people with real lives living in the real world. I believe I'm one of them now. Perfection is for the birds!

So, I suggest that when it comes to staying motivated with your organizing goals over the holidays that you first realize that it's unrealistic to "do it all". With all of the extra demands on your time and energy, something will have to give. So first you should determine a few things:


  • What do you want for the holidays? A stroke or peace on earth?
  • Are there others that can help you out with your list of things to do? Delegation is a great invention.
  • Are there ways you can simplify or streamline your plans, activities, and spending? Experience a bit of simplicity once and you'll be sold on it for life!

Next, you'll need to determine which spaces in your home will provide you with the most sense of order on a daily basis over the holidays if they were to be in order. Be realistic about which spaces can receive less attention if necessary, and which ones will absolutely need daily or weekly care.


Then simply keep an eye on those spots that will help you keep your sanity. Keep these areas in order the best you can – not perfect, just functional and manageable. If you have the time and energy -- Wow! A Christmas miracle! -- then do the same with other spaces throughout your home.

The bottom line? Remember that the holidays should be a time for joy and happy memory making, not a time to stress over everything. Give your organizing attention to the spaces that will help you keep your sanity. Again, no need to keep it perfect, just relatively maintained.


posted on: 11/19/2007 12:00:00 PM by Nancy McGarity
category: The Mental Side

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Just Do It… Finding The Motivation

by Nancy McGarity

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About Nancy:

I'm a mom, wife, professional organizing consultant and speaker, and a former Early Childhood educator. A personal crisis in my own life took me from perfectionism to total mayhem. I want neither. I'm now all about balance and being realistic about what I and my clients can maintain. My organizing business Real Solutions For Living was started to: 1) let people know they are not alone in their struggle to overcome clutter chaos, 2) to help them reduce their stress, 3) to help them gain back control of their spaces and lives, and 4) to offer realistic, practical, and down to earth solutions. I love what I do!

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Favorite Quote:

  • "Success consists of getting up one more time than you fall."

Favorite Books on Organizing

  • Organizing For the Creative Person
  • Making Peace With The Things In Your Life
  • Buried Treasures
  • Messie No More
  • Conquering Chronic Disorganization
  • Organizing From the Inside Out
  • Clutter's Last Stand

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