Here's What Your 2019 Resolution  Should  Be 
By nature, organizers care deeply about habit-building. If we didn't, there would be no point to our profession. 

Yes, we come into your home and help you make decisions, declutter and put in organization systems. But without helping our clients develop new habits, the work that we do would not be maintainable.

New Year's Resolutions are tricky. The beginning of the year is a wonderful time to take stock of what you currently have, what you want, and work out how to close the gap between the two. This is often followed by several months of sticking to the resolution before becoming busy with other things (our blog post Let's Talk About Last Year's Resolution is a great one to review if this describes you). 

We'd like to suggest a way to break away from that pattern. 

How? The answer is simple. The reason we break our New Year's Resolutions is because we fail to check in with ourselves and make time for our goals (and subsequently, ourselves). 

Sure, we do at the beginning. But life takes over quickly. Someone in the family might become sick, or you might make a big life change like moving or renovating and before long, the resolution is forgotten. 

Here is the secret to making your resolution stick. Instead of choosing a broad goal like "I will lose weight" or "I will get organized," make this your resolution:

"I will check in with myself."

I know that sounds weird, but the reality is that we break our resolutions because we put ourselves aside. We choose to focus on someone else, or some other project that takes us away from self-betterment. 

Instead, set smaller, mini-goals for yourself. These should be achievable and specific, and they will be ever-changing throughout the year. 

The resolution is not to complete all of the goals. The resolution is to check in with yourself on your goals and make sure that you still care about them, and to continue to break them down and take action on them. 

Checking in with yourself is more than a resolution - it is a life choice. It is the choice to declare that you matter. As Henry David Thoreau wisely said, "What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals."

What does "checking in" look like? It could be spending 15 minutes a day with your calendar or to-do list. It might be pouring a cup of tea and planning your week every Sunday. It could be going for a walk and thinking about your goals. 

At the end of the day, goal completion is driven by long-term habit building, NOT short-term goal setting. So if you want to accomplish big things in 2019, create space in your life to check in and take accountability for yourself. It is quite possibly the only way to achieve what you truly want. 

Happy Organizing!

Portland Resources and Events

Free Lunch And Learn at Touchmark: Downsizing with Organizers NW
January 12th, 2019

Are you ready to downsize but unsure of how to tackle that messy storage closet? Is getting organized your New Year's
resolution? Maybe you've downsized but are having trouble sticking to a system. Learn how to "rightsize" with
Organizers Northwest at this informative lunch and learn.

A complimentary lunch will be provided.
There is no cost to attend, but seating is limited.
Call 503-954-1640 to RSVP by January 10.

Date: January 14th, 2019
Location: 840 SW Touchmark Way, Portland, 97225
Time: 11 am - 1pm
Upcoming Recycling Event:
Westside Master Recyclers 
January 12th, 2019

PlanetCon is THE recovery event of the Post-holiday season, a nd it's FREE to Washington County residents!

Westside Master Recyclers will be collecting everything from polystyrene (aka Styrofoam®), stretchy plastic bags, clean rigid plastics not taken in your curbside mixed recycling cart, (e.g., threaded caps), plus #2, #4, #5 and #6 containers and tub lids. (Labels and linings must be removed). 

They will also take nonworking holiday string lights (with bulbs is ok), batteries, small household appliances and electronics. 

Bring holiday décor to swap and donate warm winter coats, gloves, scarves and hats (in good condition). Repair Fair volunteers will also be on hand to help fix household items such as clothing, small appliances, and electronics at no charge. Sign up for the Repair Fair here

When:  01/12/2019  11am - 2pm
Location: 6905 NE Campus Way Hillsboro OR, 97124

Please visit Westside Recyclers  for more information and details.

Room-By-Room Organizing Challenge | Month 11: Residential Storage Spaces

We are nearing the end of this challenge, and thought we'd save the best (and perhaps most challenging) for last!

Just about every home in America has some kind of built in storage space, whether it be a garage, attic, basement or weird hidden nook under the stairs. And just as ubiquitously, nearly every household has the same skeletons lurking there and causing clutter buildup:  postponed decisions.

What do these postponed decisions look like? That chair that you were thinking of refinishing, the clothing item from three months ago that you need to return, and the freezer that doesn't work are all items that represent an action that has not yet been taken... READ MORE
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