By Caroline Flinn, Contributing Columnist
The gap between what I need to do and what I want to do seems to be the widest in the summer months. For me, summer vacation means soaking in the nice weather with my family, putting the ‘to do’ list on the back burner and relaxing in my hammock with a book. How do you want to spend your summer vacation? When you are thinking about how to spend your time, consider what you can prepare in advance to enjoy that time to the fullest! Rather than being weighed down by an unrealistic expectation to get a long list of tasks completed, a summer refresh may be just what you need!
Focusing on the outcome, rather than the process is the motivation I need to organize at the start of the summer holidays. I often say to clients that ‘it gets worse before it gets better’. Meaning that sometimes the process isn’t fun, but it is necessary. The reward comes later with an easier day to day pattern, the ability to be more present in the moment and the good feelings of personal accomplishment.
For many, summertime brings extra opportunities for fun with family and friends. Is that more complicated than it should be? In advance of summer guests, I identify the ways that I need my home to function so it’s easier to maintain good flow and organization with extra people around.
To complete your summer refresh, take these steps:
1) Make a list of the ways that you would like your life and home to be better organized.
2) Look at which items will positively affect your summer months and commit to the top item (or two) on your list.
3) Determine the resources you need to get it done. Consider where you can donate your items. If necessary, consult family members to make decisions on what to keep, donate and sell. Ask for physical support if you need help to sort, move or lift items.
4) Schedule time to complete the task and protect that in your calendar.
5) Once complete, allow yourself to appreciate what you have accomplished.
f you need help with a summer refresh to get organized, contact Caroline at Purposeful Place Organizing. She is a member of the Professional Organizers in Canada (POC) and the current chair of the POC Atlantic chapter.
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