Welcome to Organizing Boot Camp where you will be trained to organize and get a great jump-start on organizing some trouble spots in your home. The next six weeks will be as good as you make it. Don’t hold yourself back. Don’t wait until you live in your future dream-home to get organized. Having an organized home is about so much more than just looks – it’s about making the day-to-day grind easier and life better. Start now.
HOLD A RESET MEETING
Maybe you’ve tried to get organized before and it didn’t work out. Maybe your family doesn’t have faith that you’ll be able to do it this time and you feel like you’ve failed before you’ve begun. It is time to stop letting past mistakes haunt you. To move on, you are going to have to forgive yourself and others, and then try again. The best way to start this exciting journey is to hold a family meeting.
Anyone living in your household should be at this meeting. Gather everyone together at the table or in the living room. First, before you say anything else, apologize sincerely for your part of the problem. Absolutely do NOT point fingers and blame anyone else. Nothing will ruin a family meeting faster than everyone feeling defensive and putting up walls. This is about YOU, not them. Be humble and real. We all have talents and we all have weaknesses. Families rally and support each other through our best and worst. Tell your family that you are still learning new things and always trying to improve. Do not tell them some version of “it would be easier for me to be the perfect mom/wife if they were the perfect kids/husband.”
My husband does this thing with our kids that I think is genius. When there has been a fight or an incident that leads to lots of ruffled feathers, he has everyone explain what happened, but they are only allowed to say their part and only what they did or said, including what they could’ve done differently. If they start to say “because so-and-so …” he will stop them and redirect them to only tell their part.
Say out loud your part in your home’s disorganization and nothing else. This isn’t because no one else has anything to do with it, this is because it reminds us to work on ourselves first.
Our effort is all we can truly control. In the next six weeks, lead by example. Let your actions teach more powerfully than any lecture could.
COMMIT TO TRYING
You may be nervous to hold this reset meeting and confess to everyone you’re trying to make a change. You’ve lost motivation before, right? Well, don’t depend on motivation. Depend on your commitment.
You may be tempted to skip this initial reset meeting, but don’t. Even if you live alone, take some quiet time to think about what’s brought you to this place. Instead of asking your family for forgiveness, ask yourself. Trust the process and follow the steps in this boot camp. It just might be the new start you’ve been wanting.
For even more help during this challenge, get your Organizing Boot Camp Printable now (use it like a workbook during the challenge).
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