A great round-up of reads to get you on track for National Get Organized (GO) Month!
Many of us make resolutions this time of year to get more organized in some way, shape or form. I get it, it's always nice to start the new year off with less clutter. January is National Get Organized (GO) Month after all. But it's hard to all of a sudden flip the switch and get motivated to do so.
Whenever you're trying to modify a behavior it's important to start small. Let's not dive in and think we're going to tackle the garage, revamp the kids' playroom, or overhaul the master closet in one month! As most people, you'll be burned out by February and will let your resolution lapse.
Here's a baby step for you. Pick up an organizing book. My business tag line is connecting head and home in harmony and I truly believe that if you don't start changing your thinking and altering your mindset, you won't be able to sustain your organization efforts.
I've rounded up some books to get your creative juices flowing and the wheels turning for how you want to start on your organizing journey. It's all about taking that first micro-step, so pick a book and skim a chapter or two to get started.
Here are 4 books written by NAPO colleagues of mine that I know and that I would highly recommend:
1. Make Room for Clarity by Rick Woods
He and I serve on a neighborhood Pro Organizer group called Greater HOPE (Hartford Organizing & Productivity Experts).
2. Happily Organized by Susan Lovallo
Susan and I are both members of the CT Chapter of the National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals. (NAPO)
3. Clever Girl's Guide to Living with Less by Kathy Vines.
She and I are in a Facebook blogging group together.
4. The Other Side of Organized by Linda Samuels.
Linda and I have attended many a conference together.
And here are 4 new books I'd recommend by some of the more well-known experts in the industry:
1. Decluttering at the Speed of Life by Dana K. White
Her no-nonsense approach is a great kick in the tush to get you started!
2. Cozy Minimalist Home by Myquillyn Smith
One of my favorite podcasts reviewed her book and gave her formula for de-cluttering a glowing review.
3. Time to Parent: Organizing Your Life to Bring Out the Best in Your Child and You by Julie Morgenstern
Julie is a major influencer in our industry and I can't recommend her books enough.
4. Outer Order Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin (coming out in March 2019)
I know this book isn't out yet, but good things come to those who wait! I've been following Gretchen for a while and while you wait, I recommend you start with The Happiness Project to hold you over.
Happy GO Month to you! I hope you go pick yourself up one of these books to get you in the mindset of an organized new year. Here's to a tidy 2019!