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3 Unexpected Sources for Organizing Inspiration

Is getting your home, finances, digital files, papers, or calendar an organizing priority for you this season? Are you procrastinating or struggling with starting the process? There are many reasons why this happens. Life is busy and getting organized can feel like more work. Sometimes we become overwhelmed by the magnitude of what we’d like to accomplish. Other times we don’t know where to begin. All of those are normal, human reactions. When we aren’t ready to start, an inspiration-dose can get us going.

Inspiration can found through people, conversations, nature, events, music, literature, self-reflection, and more. There is no shortage of inspirational sources. If you are open and aware of your experiences, inspiration will follow. Recently, I noticed some specific inspiration-boosting moments. Maybe some of these will resonate with you, or remind you of experiences you’ve had, or could tap into.



I’ve said it before and it’s worth repeating. I love helping my clients to get organized. I admire their dedication and resourcefulness with working on their organizing challenges. Recently, we’ve organized spaces back to square one, re-organized areas for more efficient uses, and organized brand new living and working spaces for the next phase of life. Being part of the organizing process, watching as my clients reduce their stress and joyfully embrace the changes, inspires me to make changes in my own life. For you, maybe it’s not a client, but a friend, co-worker, or family member that is your source of inspiration. That human-to-human connection is a powerful motivator.




What a magnificent time of year! The fall colors change daily. This week all of the red leaves appeared next to the orange and yellow ones. Bursts of intense color dotted the landscape. I couldn’t get enough of the visual feast and spent a lot of time outside looking, walking, and being in nature. I know that all too soon, the leaves will be down and the color will be gone. I breathed in as much as possible. My mindfulness meditations were graced with the backdrop of the colorful woods. My car drives were enhanced by the spectacular bursts of color around each bend. Walks along the river and in the woods were accompanied by the rustle and crunch of falling leaves. Spending that time outdoors, seeing the beauty around me, lifted my spirits. Also, the energy I felt from enjoying nature provided me with inspiration and increased focus to work on my projects.




Last weekend I attended the Mindfulness in America conference. This weekend I went to the incredible Northeast Regional Conference for Productivity & Organizing Professionals (NERCPO) sponsored by the NAPO-CT chapter. About 100 colleagues gathered from Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and New England to network and learned about Feng Shui, digital productivity, and mental health perspectives of organizing. There was also a vendor expo with excellent resources, and a goody bag filled with great organizing products. I loved learning, talking with colleagues, meeting people, and discovering new products and services. Sandra Wheeler, the Feng Shui presenter, and practitioner said that one way to create more flow and energy in your life is to eliminate the things that represent the “shoulds.” For example, remove the pile of books on your nightstand that you intend to read, but don't. Or let go of the unfinished craft projects from years past that you’ve lost interest in. I admit to having a big pile of “to read” books next to my bed. Sandra inspired me to reconsider this and place only the book I’m currently reading there. 


One of the beautiful aspects of being human is our ability to be inspired. The sources abound. If you’ve ever felt challenged to get more organized, what has encouraged you to move forward? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Come and join the conversation!





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Linda, it was so nice seeing you at NERCPO this past weekend. As you know from our conversation, I couldn't agree more with what a feast for the eyes the fall season is. And your images on Instagram are just heavenly! This is the time of year I'm most personally inspired and I think the crisp air, the vibrant hues, and pumpkin-flavored everything has something to do with it!

November 5, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Soboleski

There is tremendous power in the human-to-human connection! I often have great ideas but I don't know where to start. When I tell someone else about them, what needs to happen tends to unfold as I'm speaking. It's like magic!

November 5, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

@Sarah- It was lovely seeing you at NERCPO too this weekend. I loved the "clothespin discussions" that you so fabulously led. We had lively great discussions in our "deep purple" group. I also appreciated having time to connect with you. You inspired me to embrace the fall and winter months even more than I do. Your enthusiasm was contagious. Thank you. This early part of the fall is spectacular. Each day brings another round of changes just waiting to notice. The rain today is making a leaf shower, which is beautiful to watch as green, orange and red leaves float gently down to the ground. Keep enjoying your favorite two seasons and spreading that joy with others.

November 5, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Janet- I'm with you on the power of connection. I love how you've noticed that "magic" showing up when talking over ideas with others. Having different perspectives can be so helpful. When we're so close to something, it's often challenging to see a way through. But being able to bounce off ideas and challenges with others can be just what we need to create that solution-spark.

November 5, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I think it's also that describing our idea in a way that will be clear to the other person forces us to make it clear in our own minds. Sometimes as I describe something, I get a better sense of what the idea would look like if it were realized, and what steps would need to take place for that to happen.

November 5, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

This time of year, I am also inspired to finish home projects. We have Thanksgiving at our home, and I wanted to get at least one project we left incomplete from the summer finished this past weekend. While my husband painted the walls, I painted the shelves and railings. We only have to paint the moulding and change the carpet, and it will be finished. Hopefully will be completed before Thanksgiving.

November 5, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina Quairoli

I am very motivated by people as well. Sometimes I feel I can see the weight lifting from my client as we progress. It is the best feeling. The whole mood can shift as we shed and lighten. I am personally motivated by a challenge. My favorite part of organizing is putting it all back... figuring out the puzzle and establishing the system. Thanks so much for coming to NERCPO. I had a similar reaction to Sandra's comment about the "shoulds," especially when they pile up in your bedroom. We should seek to make the scene we see when we first wake up serene and peaceful. Who wants to wake up to a pile of guilt?

November 5, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

@Janet- Ahh. Yes. I understand more now. Being the verbal processor that I am, I completely identify with the talking things out loud aspect as a way of clarifying my ideas.

November 5, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Sabrina- It sounds like you two have some great teamwork going on. There's nothing quite like having people over for a holiday or party to create some added motivation for house projects. Your description of what you've accomplished and what remains to do sure seems like you'll finish in time for Thanksgiving. How lovely that you're hosting. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love having the family here.

We're looking forward to having everyone over AND getting a few house things done too.

November 5, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Seana- It's a beautiful thing to be part of that energy transformation that happens during the organizing process. I had such an excellent NERCPO experience. You guys do an incredible job of putting on this event. And it was an extra treat that we got to sit next to each other. You did an impressive job with managing all of the tech stuff. And yes. Those darn "shoulds," are worth questioning. I agree that peace, as opposed to guilt, is a better way to start the day.

November 5, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

This is the time of year I'm most personally inspired. Thanks a lot.

November 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Luis

These powerful forces have a big impact on us. These external forces make for inner readiness for change.

November 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

@John- It is such a beautiful time of year. The inspiration abounds. Enjoy it all.

November 10, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Ellen- I agree with you. Especially if we're able to tune into the external messages and sense those cues. They absolutely can inspire and prepare us for change.

November 10, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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