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What Does Organizing Success Look Like for You?

Success is such a personal thing, even when it comes to organizing success. We view and define it differently. Some of us are excessively hard on ourselves and barely allow any acknowledgment of success or progress. Sometimes we’re so focused on our goal, that we rush through the tiny successes along the way, barely noticing them. What I see most often with clients is how overwhelm, especially at the beginning of a large organizing project, can color their definition and expectation of success. In those situations, “completely done” is what success means to them and until that happens, they remain in a very negative place. As I said, success is personal. We experience it differently.


What does organizing success look and feel like for you?


While I recognize that we each define organizing success differently, when working with clients, I help them celebrate and acknowledge the small successes along the way. Because let’s be honest. No project gets done in one simple stroke. Projects only get done by working consistently over time, piece by piece, and by changing some habits and behaviors in the process. It’s essential to cheer yourself on, do a happy dance, or shout out some “woohoos!” with each small success. These will help you relive the success and propel you forward for more success. You’ve heard this before and it’s worth repeating: Success breeds more success.

Remember that organizing success has a range in what it looks like. Here are some recent client and personal organizing successes that have brought about high fives, big sighs, and huge smiles:

  • Editing a box of old papers
  • Labeling toy bins
  • Deciding to let go
  • Creating resource list for an organizing project
  • Decluttering the corner of a living room
  • Clearing and organizing papers and “stuff” from kitchen surfaces
  • Packing for upcoming trip
  • Preparing tax information for accountant
  • Unpacking and organizing the last few boxes from a recent move
  • Editing and organizing child’s clothing closet
  • Handling daily incoming mail
  • Hiring onsite shredding company to shred decades worth of papers
  • Organizing a pile of papers from office desk
  • Making a to do list for a massive organizing project
  • Organizing past event papers into accessible files
  • Seeing donates, trash, and recycling taken away by hauling company
  • Hiring professional organizer to help with organizing project

What does organizing success look and feel like for you? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Come join the conversation.





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Reader Comments (8)

My organizing success is when I can find something I am looking for. My most frustrating thing is when I can't find what I am looking for in my home.

September 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina Quairoli

@Sabrina- What a great definition of organizing success! I love that. And I know what you mean about how frustrating it can be when we can't find that thing we're looking for. I tend to be a creature of habit and place my things in "homes." I'm fairly consistent about putting things back. But when I deviate and don't put something away, or don't concentrate when I'm putting something down, that's when I run into trouble. Then I have to retrace my steps to see what I might put that thing.

September 18, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I always feel great when I empty out a container that has been filled with a mix of stuff! When working with clients, we often empty bins and are able to nest them together. The amount of freed space is incredible. Last week my client kept saying, "" We were just so happy - organizing success just feels good:)

September 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

I recently spent some time organizing the surface of my desk and my office supply closet. I love the way it looks. It makes me feel like coming in to work at my desk - work at the business of my business. That is success for me! The cluttered surface was making me find other things to do than work at my desk.

September 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

For me, organizing success is usually about letting things go. I'm especially gratified when I can pass something I no longer need to someone who can use it, but I'm also thrilled to take a big bag of old papers to the blue bin.

September 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

@Seana- Organizing success DOES feel good. And the ""s say it all!

@Diane- Ahhh! Organizing success creates a path for focus and productivity. Love that!

@Janet- That feeling of letting go whether it's to the recycling bin or to someone that can use what you no longer need is tremendous. What a great definition of organizing success!

September 18, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

My organizing success looks like a small inbox of papers. I know that paper work, like laundry, is not ever totally done. I like to manage it with a smidge of paper in my physical inbox. (Yes, I do have a real inbox!)

September 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

Ellen- What a great image of your "physical inbox." I like having those visual cues too and don't have a box, but have two "in" slots built into my desk area. They let me put the items to process and then I use my to-do list to cue me to look there. Whatever works, right? You're so right that the small pile never is quite done. Thanks for stopping by to share.

September 20, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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