For many, the thought getting organized often immediately sends them into procrastination mode. Here are some ways to find the motivation you need to get started.

Make a list

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when attempting to start to get organized. Create a list of all the areas you want to tackle. Don’t worry how long the list is right now. The goal is to get all of your thoughts about what needs to be done out of your head and down on paper (or digitally).

Start with smaller projects so you can check them off the list and feel that sense of accomplishment. After you’ve completed a few of the smaller projects, you’ll be motivated to tackle a big one, such as the garage. The list will keep you focused. Knowing where to start is half the battle.

Take photos

With the completed list in hand, take photos of all of the areas that need attention. If possible, load them onto a computer, laptop or tablet. Seeing the photos in a larger format than on your mobile device can be eye opening. Many timed we can see in photos what we actually miss while standing in the space.

While looking at the photos, jot down some notes or ideas for how you want to tackle the area and what the vision is for how you want the space to look. To keep you motivated envision how the “after” photos will look and don’t forget to take them on each project you tackle.

Set the date

The other half of the battle is finding the time to conquer the projects. Starting is the hardest part. Take your list and schedule or block out times in your calendar to actually do the work. Keep these appointments with yourself. Pick days where you’re clear of appointments and determine how much time you have to spend — 30 minutes, 2 hours, etc.

We’ve found it’s best to start earlier in the day before other tasks or problems take over your time. Organizing projects tend to build momentum. We dread starting them, but once we do and see how much we are able to accomplish, we are inspired to continue. And in the end, you’ll be amazed at what you are able to do in a relatively short period of time.

Dream big and plan ahead

Prior to tack;ing your first project search on Pinterest, in magazines or online for organizing ideas, create a paper or digital vision board with things you like including style, organizing products, color, etc.

If you have a plan for how you’d like the area to look and function, the process will be much easier. You can organize creatively on a budget. Check around your own home first and utilize any organizing products you have on hand and then search dollar stores or consignment shops for bins, baskets, glass jars, etc.

Be creative and have fun. If you can dream it, you can do it.

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