and exploring the desert,
camping and celebrating a 3rd birthday.
Wow, busy month! But I am back on track, and now that I’ve indulged in my sharing of some favorite pics of my girls, it’s time to talk organizing!
There are many organizing books out there, but Marcia Ramsland’s book is so full of great nuggets of info that it sets itself apart from the rest. In her book Simplify your Life: Get Organized and Stay that Way she share her experiences working with clients and the struggles they overcome together. Her experiences and tips are easy to relate to and put to use in your own home.
For practical and realistic tips to help anyone organize like a pro. Full of simple tips to simplify your life; for example taking a look at how many nights you are out of your home and setting realistic goals based on your available time. Many of the tips are to help you move towards a ‘low maintenance’ home. And when I think of ‘low maintenance’, I think of low stress! Yes please!
The prayers at the end of each chapter seemed silly at first, but as I read through them I realized that there were truths in those prayers and many of them began to resonate with me. God doesn’t judge our prayers that way and wants us to come to him with all things even if it is overwhelming housework.
My favorite chapter was Chapter 9, Power through Projects. This chapter analyzes why you are not completing projects and how you can increase your motivation to “power through your projects.” One fun tip was to talk out loud like you would to your own professional organizer. As you verbalize your task, it allows you to look at your “old things with new eyes.” You can ask yourself, “If I were moving, would I pay to have it packed and moved?”
Start with small projects that simplify your life to jumpstart your success, similar to ‘10 minute Tuesday‘. Tackling a small project such as donating food no one eats and using up sample products that clutter space can make just enough noticeable difference to keep you going.Author, Marcia Ramsland, shares client success stories of ways they have worked up motivation to tackle problems. As an organizer I could definitely relate! When you work with someone on one area of their home it motivates them to tackle clutter elsewhere.The “low-maintenance home” is an ideal I strive for and this book helps me take steps towards that goal.
How do you simplify your life? Is there one area you wish could become a little more low-maintenance?