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My #4 Organizing Tip - Organizing Is a Habit

Over the past few weeks, Iíve written about a few of my favorite organizing theories and how you can put them into practice. This week, I want to share a guideline thatís as applicable to organizing as it is to many other positive changes we make in our lives.

Organizing is an ongoing habit, not a one-time event
Iíve seen a number of people compare organization to weight loss, and there are indeed similarities between the two: both can have benefits far beyond what you see on the surface, both require support from others, and both involve a fair amount of discipline. But the most telling similarity, I think, is that, like weight loss, organization isnít something that happens once and then remains forever; staying organized requires developing new systems, habits, and attitudes.

Itís because of this that so many people find it more difficult to stay organized than to create a more orderly life or space in the first place. But when you prepare yourself for success by building in the habits that support and maintain organization, youíll find that it doesnít take a giant effort to keep up the work youíve already done.

Putting this tip into action
This week, make sure your organizing goals are realistic, achievable, productive, and bound to stick over the long term.

The initial thrill of seeing order emerge from disorder is a great feeling, but remember that organization isnít just a one-time event. By establishing some solid, realistic organizational habits, youíll increase the chances of successfully maintaining the progress you make.

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