Organize Your Papers

This week we are focusing on Weeks 5-12 in the book, Organize Now! a week-by-week guide to simplify your space and your life.


Organize Your Papers

(everything from Mail, Magazines, Files and more)

This week I am featuring Michelle McDermont.

As you may have noticed Michelle did participate in the challenge last week.  When I checked on her I received an email back asking me if I wanted her to continue because she felt that her house and her posts may not be “good enough” for me.  She was comparing herself to some of the other more “polished” bloggers in this challenge.  I assured Michelle that being “perfect” is not the goal of getting organized.  That feeling happier and less stressed is!  I believe that if she stayed with this challenge she could really inspire others who feel the same way!  I am SO proud of Michelle for not giving up (which so many do when faced with clutter).  Here is more of her story this week:

Before I begin with my blog’s entry, I haven’t quite kept up with the challenge as well I would have liked. I was feeling way too overwhelmed, thinking that I had to be perfect and finding a way to “finish” each challenge. It was causing great stress in my life!

I spoke with Jennifer and she reassured me that it is okay – when you have great clutter, you need to do things in babysteps and you will take each day. So my house will not be perfect, any time soon, but it will be a clutter free space before I know it.

A few things about my home – we have lived in the same house for about 15 years. It is a 1980s house – we have not done much in renovation and the kids had taken things over. When my in-laws had passed away, my husband began to bring more things home from his parents house that he could not part with – those are all in the garage! I am hoping that the garage isn’t on the challenge until the summer! We don’t have a lot of closet space and we have a lot of stuff! We recently adopted a shelter dog. I have three children whom I love dearly and my husband whom I have been married to for almost 16 years. I have always worked full time, being an administrator/teacher in a school has me working long hours at times.

To read the rest of Michelle’s post click here

Read how our other 3 ladies organized their schedule this week:

Linda DeFalco of Tapas Lifestyle

Jennifer Dempsey of Motherthyme

Bonnie Donahue of House of Grace

I work with clients each week that feel the same as Michelle.  They feel that they could be more organized if they had a more beautiful home.  They feel like they will never be organized-ENOUGH.  They compare themselves to others which sucks the energy out of them instead getting the motivation they need.  Can you relate to Michelle? Let’s talk about it!  It is easy to say you are going to take on a challenge like this.  It is much harded to stay committed and complete the job!  After all, if you quit now nothing changes and nothing improves.

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Hi there! I am Jennifer Ford Berry or some people like to call me "Life's Organization Expert". I am super passionate about helping people get organized and stay that way! I have written a series of books called Organize Now! I contribute my organizing tips to National magazines, radio and TV shows. I am here to help you realize that your life is not about is about living! YOU can live an organized, healthy and exciting life one baby step at a time. Let me show you how!

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