You all know the answer to that - "One bite at a time"! Granted I'd never harm an elephant but it's a fitting metaphor. We have all reached points where a project becomes so big it's overwhelming. Whether it's organizing a file cabinet, office or closet, cleaning out the basement or garage, tackling a major work project, you may quit before you start because you're intimidated by not being able to decide where to start. The answer is very simple: pick something!
For instance, if I'm helping a client organize a cluttered office, I will simply pick up a pile and begin sorting through it, making stacks by category - mail, filing, receipts, correspondence, what have you. Then I'll pick up another pile and continue organizing it. Yes, I'm moving paper from one stack to another, but the key is that the new piles are ORGANIZED! Once all the messy piles are sorted and trash recycled, then I can go through the new stacks and file, process, or do whatever else needs to be done. The key, of course, is keeping up with it. Developing the discipline to spend even a few minutes at the beginning or end of every day will make great strides in keeping clutter under control.
Same goes for cleaning a closet or basement or any other project. Rather than stew about it, just pick an area and start. You will be amazed at how good it feels. The shift in your energy from "I can't do this!!" to "look what I accomplished" will be all the motivation you need to continue.
And if you still can't face it, I know a great organizer you can call on - Holly@LightseedsOffice.com!
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