Note from Jessa: Today we have author and bellydancer Linda Mercury suggesting ways to GET ORGANIZED. If I tried dancing in my office right now, I’d break an ankle in all this clutter!
GET ORGANIZED advice from:
Author of the Blood Wings Series from eKensington
Dracula’s Secret | Dracula’s Desires | Dracula Unleashed
Often lost in the mist of “get organized” tips and tricks is one inescapable truth. Organizing is an act of profound self-love.
Organizing reduces anxiety and promotes a harmonious life. The smallest act of creating order from chaos will soften your shoulders and create a space for you to flourish. That’s why I recommend you always start organizing in your bedroom before anywhere else.
Your bedroom is where you dream, dress, love, cuddle. It is the most intimate place, where you are the most vulnerable. Forget the bit about having other people over. Invite yourself to the feast, first.
Bio: Linda Mercury left behind her varied careers as a librarian, art model, and professional clown to pursue writing. She’s interested in writing, romance, Middle Eastern History, reading, organizing, cooking, hand-made silk Turkish rugs, and the Nike of Samothrace.
Find Linda: Blog | Twitter | Facebook
Another Jessa note: I like the idea of starting with an “easy” room first. My bedroom is so small, it only gets somewhat cluttered. (Just don’t open the closet!) Today I’m posting with Jamie Brazil on her resolution of taming her closet. Oh man, I hope I can offer something coherent.
Stops on the “Resolve 2013” tour: January 1-9, 2013
Maggie Jaimeson – Take a Vacation
Jessa Slade – Get Organized
Paty Jager – Volunteerism
Linda Mercury – Creating a Literary (or Creative) Life
Jenna Bayley-Burke – Eat Healthier
Cassiel Knight – No More Procrastination
Cathryn Cade – Take Time for those OTHER Creative Passions
Su Lute – Reduce Stress: Find and Follow Your Bliss
Jamie Brazil – Shrink My Closet
Linda, the bedroom is the easiest to keep tidy I think because it is used the least(sleeping and dressing) and has the least amount of things to clutter so it makes sense to clean it first to start the cleaning. I always start cleaning the house in the master bath and bedroom and work my way down the hall into the kitchen, dining room and living room. The upstairs I do on another day.
Your quote: “Organizing is an act of profound self-love.” is interesting. I can’t say whether I agree, because it suggests that being organized is something all of us want. I want it to a point but not as much as my husband does. Hmmm. I’ll have to think on this one.
Maggie, I think “organized” means something different to each person. There are the everything-in-its-place people and the archaeological-dig people and everybody in between. I think it’s when you are disorganized within your own way of organizing that life can become messy.
We have a rule in our house about no phones, TVs, or computers in the bedroom. The bedroom is the sanctuary. But the dog is often there, too… so that’s sort of the opposite of “sanctuary.” I think of the bedroom as my recharge place, my office as the flourish.
First I must reclaim the bedroom from the cats, who claim ownership 🙂