3 Simple Steps to Order (Organize Your Life)

Have you ever found your life to be out of order? Life is good, but you feel like you’re in a constant game of catch up, trying to clean and organize! Well that is exactly how I felt for the first few months of 2016. Yes, months! The struggle was real, until I took a real look in the mirror and asked myself, “What are you going to do about it”.

So what did I do?

Well, I put these 3 simple steps to work in my life, and have had great success! So you know and I am here to share the wealth with you! Let’s win together! 

1. Get Rid of Waste: Toss/trash/shred all of the things that no longer serve a purpose in your life!  Those “things”  may be old papers, old clothes,  boxes…etc. For me, I had to bring myself to throw away old makeup containers.   (Judge me not!) I had to literally go through my entire makeup vanity, and decide what needed to go.  And then I had to actually complete the process by throwing it away (that’s key)!  I couldn’t believe the junk I was holding on to. Like seriously, did I need to keep that empty tube of ruby red lipstick from 3 years ago? A whole mess. For you it may be sorting through that pile of mail, organizing your accessories, or cleaning out your closet. For others it may be setting a cleaning schedule for your home, so that the cleaning/organizing is done on certain days.  Whatever it is, set a date with yourself, and get it done! Put on some great music, and get rid of the unnecessary things are cluttering your fabulous life! 

2. Everything in it’s Place: Once you’ve taken inventory, and trashed the clutter, assign a “place” for your belongings. This will help you keep your place organized and peaceful.  Listen, after a long day of work I’m guilty of dropping a trail of clothes around the apartment. However, I had to re-train my mind to put things back in their places. Dirty clothes in the laundry bin, coat back on the hanger IN the closet, makeup brushes in their case, and keys on the key ring. This will take a bit of time and effort at first, but the payoff will be well worth it! 

3. Organize in Doses: Make a list of what needs to be done, and tackle one room/project at a time. Don’t overwhelm yourself trying to do it all in one sitting. God forbid, that you start 5 projects and don’t finish any of them. That is not your portion! Think it through, and give yourself the time to do what’s needed. The ultimate goal is to life a life of order, and that starts with strategic changes that will eventually turn into great habits! So take it one step at a time! 

Say it with me,

“I will live a lifestyle of order”

-Reese

A Lesson from My Husband

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The other night, my husband and I played a game of Scrabble.  The game started off most intensely; a 27-point word here,  a 36-point word there. The competition was fierce! As the game progressed, I noticed my hubby passing and switching letters. He passed about 4 times, which as a result gave me a 100-point lead. I wasn’t mad, but I couldn’t help but wonder what was going on. Finally, he took his turn and threw out the word “quote” followed by the word “zit”. I realized he had been holding onto the “z” and the “q” in the hopes of forming the word “quiz”. It wasn’t until he saw my lead, that he realized there were other ways to use his letters.  

That’s when it hit him:

Man, I was holding on to those letters,  and missed countless opportunities to get ahead. I was so focused on using the letters for that ONE word,  when I really needed to let go and use them in a different way to make my moves.   I fell so far behind, and although my words were good, it was too late to win the game.  Sometimes you have to loosen your grip and use what you have now.”

So many times in life we hold onto (even hide) our gifts because we are waiting for that one “right way” to use/share it, and we miss out on the greater blessing. It’s like we just can’t seem to get past what others have told us “should be”, or what we’ve been told we “have to do first”.   I know they mean well, But at some point you have to say “no more”!

Let today be that day that you let go of those limiting thoughts, and share your gifts in the way that you’ve always imagined.  Don’t wait! Start that business, go for that promotion, go for that audition, move across the country! Whatever it is, take that step by faith, and go for it! Use those unique and valuable letters on your board, and WIN THE GAME!  Don’t let the life you were destined to live pass you by!  

You are destined to win!

-Reese

#FierceandRefined