Cleaning Challenge: Consider Where The Shoe Pinches

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New Year Cleaning Challenge Day 59

You say you want to get organized, but what does that mean, exactly?

There are as many paths to an organized home as there are households, because the meaning of "organized" is personal to each family.

Today in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, it's time to consider where the shoe pinches. Knowing what isn't working is the first step to creating a personalized path to the organized life of your dreams.

Today's Assignment:
Consider Where The Shoe Pinches

Looking around at clutter and disorder, it's easy to decide that the time has come: you're going to get organized! Trouble is, the definition of "organized" is going to be different for every family, every household.

Sure, there are a lot of "do it my way" organizing programs out there, but unless their goal and method matches your household's needs and personality, it's hard to stay the course.

For successful self-change, you need to craft a custom path to the goal: an organized home.

This week in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, we'll consider how to create a workable, sustainable process to help get organized.

By making sure that goals, methods and pace are appropriate for your own circumstances, you maximize the chances of achieving real, long-lasting change.

To begin? You need to know where the shoe pinches!

The first step to crafting your custom path to better organization is to understand where the problems lie. What's tripping you up each day as you live your daily life?

Today, take five minutes, sit back, and list the five biggest areas of disorganization in your life right now.

Is it hard to get the family out the door in the morning? Has the dining room become a storage area, filled with projects and boxes and extra furniture? Are you behind on your bill-paying because you can't find the bills ... or because you don't sit down to pay them regularly?

Whatever the most pressing issues--space, routines, clutter or chores--note them down. Tomorrow, we'll begin to look at what isn't working, what is signals, and where to start on the path to solutions.