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Questions to Ask Yourself
Before You Begin Your
Organizing Project

Questions 1

Questions to Ask Yourself: Before you begin your organizing project, you need to ask yourself these questions. This is where the going gets a little bit harder in your organizing journey.

We'll get to home organization tips and solutions, I promise! Don't run off to the declutter tips just yet. Spend some time here and you'll gain quality of life on the other end.

It’s time for you to ask yourself some honest questions and get some honest answers. This may seem uncomfortable at first.   I know!  Been there/done that! Let me assure you, however, that it will get easier. Plus, doing this will be the best thing you’ve ever done for yourself.

Questions 2

Consider this process a gift you’re giving to yourself. A gift of time, satisfaction and peace of mind. You deserve it! Let’s unwrap that package and get started, OK?

I suggest, ruthless honesty with yourself is the best thing. There is nothing anyone can do to help you if you lie to yourself. You only wind up hurting yourself and possibly those you love and who love you!

The questions will come with suggested tools to assist you in the process.

Remember, these are just tools. If you don't have need of them, feel free to skip on to another section that suits you.

Questions to Ask Yourself

Question #1: Have I been telling myself: “I’m just an unorganized person?”

If so, stop it! Anyone can be more organized.

Every time you find yourself thinking that way, imagine that a big red flag starts waving in your brain to get your attention.

Questions 4

Tool #1: Instead, tell yourself:

  • "I can BE organized" and "I WANT to be organized."
  • "I CAN be organized. All I need is just some helpful information to know what to do."
  • “I can learn how and when and how often to do it.”
  • “ I CAN do this! ”

Question #2: Have I been telling myself: “It doesn’t matter that I’m disorganized?”

If so, stop it!

If you hear that in your thoughts, start looking for that big red flag waving to get your attention again.

Realize that it does matter because YOU matter.

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Tool #2: Instead, tell yourself:

  • "I have worth and I matter, therefore it DOES matter if I’m disorganized.”
  • “I don’t want to waste another minute of my valuable life repeating things or searching for things.”
  • “I deserve to live in an environment that is clean, comfortable and orderly."

Question #3: Have I been telling myself: “I don’t have time to get organized?”

If so, stop it!

What’s that I see? Yep!  There’s that big red flag waving again!

Remember my example on the Start Here page about spending 360 minutes (6 hours) in one year looking for the car keys and the remote?

Remember that’s 6 hours of your life that you can’t get back doing something that was frustrating and unsatisfying. You deserve better!!

You know as much as I do that there is ALWAYS time for things that are important to you. You may just be struggling with self-worth issues or don’t know what to do or how to start. You may just be rationalizing that you don’t have the time because it’s the easiest thing to do.

Remember making any kind of change requires some thinking, planning, time, effort and maybe even a little money.

Questions 6

Tool #3: Instead, tell yourself:

  • "I want to BE organized and I can be."
  • "I deserve the peace of mind and satisfaction that comes from living in an orderly environment."
  • "This IS a priority for me, and I am going to MAKE the time."

Question #4: Have I been telling myself: “I don’t feel like it, I’m just too tired and this isn’t fun?”

If so, stop it!

Are you as tired as I am of that red flag?

It may be true.  You may not feel like it and you might indeed be tired when you come home from work who isn’t tired!  You may not think it’s fun. But, let me encourage you to re-think those ideas.  Stop the Stinkin Thinkin!

You may not feel like getting up and going to work, but I bet you do it anyway.

You may be tired when you come home from work, but if your children want you to play a game with them or need help with their homework, you muster up the energy and do it.

You do many things that are not necessarily fun, like taking out the trash, but you do it anyway.


Because you’ve decided it was important and you MADE the time and found the energy to do them.

It’s not about feelings, energy or fun. It’s about doing what’s right and best for YOU and the ones you love.

Questions 7

Tool #4: Consider this:

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Doing little bits on a consistent basis will get you there. It’s like compound interest at the bank. If you put away even a tiny little bit of money on a regular basis, over the course of time, you’ll have more than you imagined!

Go through these questions, readjust your thinking, then read some of the other helpful articles.

Or, if you feel you're ready for the next step, go to Step 4:


Go to: Step #1: Start Here

Go to Step #2: Organized Mindset

Go to Step #3: Questions to Ask Yourself

Go to Step #4:  Start Somewhere

Go to Step #5: Baby Steps to Declutter

Go to Step #6: Basic Principles of Organizing

Go to Step #7: Other Things to Consider

Go to Step #8: Last Things to Consider

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