The Zen of Organizing

I’m finishing writing the book, The Wilde Woman’s Guide to Organizing in Five Simple Steps. It’s about the Zen of organizing: using mindfulness to stay organized, and tips on compassionate communication.

What I’ve seen in the past five years in my organizing/coaching business is that the physical space you occupy at work and home is a reflection of what’s going on in your head. This isn’t about right and wrong, good and bad — there’s no judgment here — just observation…

The spaces you’re working and living in show what you value and need, and the strategies you’re using to create your life. This is what is meant by the Zen of organizing — being present in the moment and just seeing it for what it is…

If you feel like you want to do some organizing in your home, business or life, here’s a suggestion: Pay attention to how things feel as well as what you think of them. Learn to live more by feeling and less by “formula.” Here’s what I mean by formula:

We’re taught that success means we should have such-and-such job, marry so-and-so individual, live in this-and-that house … own this, wear that, and do XY and Z

These things, we’re taught, will bring us happiness. Turns out that’s not necessarily so; that’s our “conditioning.” And it’s not necessarily right for all of us. I work all the time with people who have a business and house full of stuff that was supposed to bring them happiness, and now much of it has become a burden they have to manage.

Have you heard the phrase, “If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting”? It’s pretty apt. There’s a Will Rogers quote that also sums it up, “Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.”

Choose what’s right for you.

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