It's National Train Your Brain Day today!!
Well - it is in The United States, anyway! Putting systems and routines in place where there have been none before is a form of brain training! Like putting a Jigsaw together!
Remember the feeling when you complete a jigsaw puzzle? Putting the last piece in and knowing it's just going to fit into place effortlessly?
It If only the whole puzzle had been that easy! Each piece is a different shape, different colour and could go anywhere! You had to take it slowly and sort the pieces into corners and edges. Then try and get similar colours together, maybe see two sides of a face that fit together but you're missing an ear? Slowly but surely you begin to see progress and the full picture starts to appear. There's no point rushing the process or trying to fit a piece where it doesn't go - you need to give it time and be prepared to live with it whilst you are doing it.
The same is true when you are trying to go from chaos to calm in your own home. You can see how you want the final picture to look in your minds eye but you can't just shuffle the pieces and hope they will fall into place quickly and easily!
Just as you arrange the jigsaw puzzle pieces, you need to have a strategy for creating the picture you have of your home in your head from all the pieces you have in your space.
Organisation does not have to be expensive or pretty. It does have to be functioning and long term. In order for it to be 'functioning' you need to take note of how you live, where do you spend your time? What do you use most regularly? What needs to be accessible, what can be put away? There are lots of ways to create a space which is functional and you probably already own items that can be used to create the long term, functioning, organised space you want, that is YOUR home that works for you. There's no point someone else trying to finish your puzzle with a piece of their jigsaw! They can help sort the pieces, even put the jigsaw together but it is your picture and they are your puzzle pieces. And when you realise you have completed the puzzle and the last piece has slotted in you know where each piece goes. You can remove one piece without destroying the whole picture and you can put it right back where it belongs!
So , for National Brain Training Day, why don't you decide on one area that you would like to organise and spend some time deciding what really needs to change? What should the area be used for and what doesn't belong? Just this first step will start you on your way to solving the puzzle of your clutter and organisation!