Part 1: Getting Past the Pretty

Nowadays it seems like becoming organized is the latest fad. The newest, hottest, made-for-TV trend that’s taking the world by storm. It’s all about the pretty – the perfectly edited transformations where the participants’ space goes from drab-to- fab in a matter of days. I’m fond of the pretty myself. The afterglow of an organized room peppered with color-coded bins and strategically placed shelving always makes me want to experience that same feeling in my home. In reality, true and lasting organization is a very personal endeavor. It breaks you open, unveiling the true essence of who you are.

This notion is not meant to scare you. It’s meant to awaken you; to bring you to a revelation, an AH-HA moment if you will. Are you ready? The truth is it’s not about the stuff. Your environment is a direct reflection of what’s going on inside of you. Your mental and physical spaces (hereby known as MAPS) are very much connected. If you have a clear mind, you usually have a clear space, and vice versa. Ultimately, being organized is about making conscious decisions whose outcome reverberates who you are and where you’re going.

In order to align your MAPS, you must first ask yourself questions such as:

 What are my personal priorities?

Are my things mirroring those priorities?

Are the things that surround me ones I love and are proud to showcase?

The longer your MAPS lack cohesion, the more your progress will stall, thus blocking the positive energy needed to achieve order you so desire. It’s a vicious cycle. Taking the time to sort out why you are where you are will infuse fresh energy into your MAPS freeing you to find solutions that work.

Everyday you wake up there’s an opportunity for a new beginning. There’s a rhythm to your life, your energy, your breath. You must tap into what’s driving you and where you’re going. If you find that you’ve lost your way, circle back to the questions above. If you find that there’s room for improvement, you’ve found your way back on the right path. Pretty things are nice, but an organized and balanced YOU is the most beautiful thing in the world.

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