Journaling to support organizing: A spiral-bound journal, so it can lay flat. A set of Crayola markers. Thoughts, wants, reflections.
The value of journaling to organizing ? Only you have that answer. But I will suggest that you simply start.
Here are questions for you; see where they lead. (Below, I’ll give you a couple of my tricks for journaling.)
How Could the House Feel if Organized?
I want my home to feel/look more organized so that …
That’s important to acknowledge first. It’s your “Why.”
But go a bit deeper after that, with: I want my SPECIFIC ROOM to feel ….
As in: I want my bedroom to feel like an oasis from my busy life and obligations, all the things people NEED from me.
What Could You See?
It is also important for you to know how you want the room to LOOK. It’s more important for some of us more than others. Clutter can busy and distract the mind so we literally can’t focus.
Some of us don’t see our surroundings. You know how you put something in the front seat of the car, some errand to do or an item to return? And it sits there, or gets moved around the car for weeks? Some people are like that with all of their things.
For others, the surroundings significantly affects their focus, the distraction quotient, and even moods. You are the visual person (processor), the creative person, the one who quite simply is more affected by the simplicity or chaos of your surroundings than your friends are.
So you can start with how you want the room to look or to feel. My advice is: Don’t stop at how you want the room to look. Keep journaling. Because we are complex creatures and you want to organize for all your senses — looks, feels, sounds, the movement/flow of the room.
My Journaling Process: Words, Pictures, Computers
Write once. Walk away. Come back and write again, more deeply. Ask yourself questions about what you’ve already written. If you write on the computer, write in a different color ink, so that later, you can see how you started and where you got to with more reflection time. Keep rereading, and over time, you’ll see themes or patterns to reflect on. It could be reasons your things are difficult to let go of, or a family history, or a sense of responsibility.
If you find it hard to get started journalling, make it fun. Use a book with quotes or prompts instead of blank pages.
Use colored markers and switch colors as you journal.
Draw doodles which reflect your writing. Nobody will see this; you can draw however you’d like! No judgment.
Let me know how it goes. It’ll be so useful to inspiring yourself — whether it’s to get started, decide what you want, what you’re working towards, or simply to capture how it all goes.
Sharing any and all organizing inspiration with you I can muster up!
P.S. Sometimes, what you need is the commitment to the time, some expert advice on how and where to begin, along with some good, useful questions to go a little deeper. I work by phone or in person; many people simply need a roadmap and they are good to go ! Remember that you’re creating part of your life, not only decluttering a space. Think about it. Sue@OrganizeNH.com or 603.554.1948