Many customers walk through our doors at Ambience Furniture & Fine Gifts and ask, “Does your house look as nice as this?”
I look around and think, “Dare I tell the truth?” Although I have always been “Type A” when it comes to my job, my personal space is much less organized than my elegant showroom.
We all live busy lives, and it is hard to keep track of it all. Have you ever had organization envy? Do you wonder how your friends keep it all together? Have you ever been embarrassed when someone unexpectedly stopped by your house or asked for a ride in your car?
If I am having company, I must say it is a marathon of cleaning, hiding, stuffing, and shoving. By the time my guests arrive, I am too exhausted to enjoy them. Then when they leave, I don’t have any idea where those things I hid, shoved, or stuffed are.
The world is full of “what-ifs,” so instead of worrying over mess and clutter, why not take…
The Timer Challenge!
I have developed a plan to organize my world, and yours. I hope you will join me in my journey so we can all have some harmony in our lives.
Why not grab a timer and give it a try?
In the morning, select an area in your house and set your timer for 10 minutes to pick up some clutter. Throw it out if you don’t need it, and make a pile to donate or take to a consignment shop.
Later, set your timer for 20 minutes to organize a drawer or closet.
Then, before or after dinner, set your timer for another 10 minutes to pick up more clutter.
Change is a difficult thing for anyone; just try switching your watch to your other wrist and see how that makes you feel.
Developing this new organizing routine is not going to happen overnight, but I promise you that in no time you will have sanity in your life. When you wake up in the morning or come home at night to a neater space, you will breathe a sigh of relief.
So, like Nike says: “Just do it!”
Set your timers, ladies and gents, three times a day to create your best Ambience and have sanity in your lives once and for all. In the past I would need all day, maybe two, to tackle organizing projects. I now give myself permission to only work on it for 20 minutes. This is not so daunting a task! And, should you choose to do so, adding two 10-minute periods of picking up clutter helps preserve your hard work.
Oh, one more thing! The key to the Timer Challenge is this: once you have your space organized, you always have to put the objects back in the same places.