When’s a Good Time to Get Organized?

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Getting Organized

Today, I was talking to a friend of mine who has 3 young children between the ages of 2 and 7 and she asked me, “So tell me, when is the best time for me to think about getting organized?” 
I paused for a moment, thinking of how to best answer this question and then decided to answer it honestly (in true Laurie fashion) “Today.”    

There is never an ideal time to get organized.  Yes it’s true that when your kids are small you are busy tripping over toys, but once your kids are school aged you are juggling a whole new set of organizing challenges, from managing homework, activities, and overall time management.      
Getting Organized isn’t about having a perfect home that always has everything in its place. It’s not about fancy closets or tossing childhood memories. In it’s simplest form it’s about 3 things:  
 
 1.    Establishing a system that works for you 
 2.    One that you can easily maintain 
 3.    Ensuring all your belongings have a home   

On an emotional level, being organized is about ending unnecessary stress, frustration, chaos and anxiety.  So, to answer my friend’s question: “If you can learn some strategies that will help reduce unnecessary stress, chaos, frustration and anxiety why wait?”   

Life doesn’t slow down. Believe me, there are moments I wish I could just press a pause button that would allow me time to play catch up, but since that is not an option, we need a plan B.     
Sometimes all you need is someone to point you in the right direction, provide you an alternative perspective, and most importantly understand your struggles. Remember, it’s not about perfection; it’s about balance.        

Laurie Palau

Laurie Palau is the founder of simply B organized and host of the weekly podcast, This ORGANIZED Life. She is a go-to Organizing Expert whose advice has been featured in The New York Times Parenting Section, Family Circle, and Home + Table Magazine. Laurie can also be seen sharing tips on the CBS Philadelphia’s Morning Show & WFMZ. She lives in Bucks County, PA with her husband, 2 daughters, and 2 dogs.

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