In two short months, we will be saying good-bye to 2008 and welcoming a new year full of possibilities and opportunities. Are you like the other millions of Americans that made the resolution to get organized this year? Has this resolution slipped through the cracks leaving you to continually feel overwhelmed by the excessive amounts of toys, clothes, papers, and other ‘stuff’? When one is disorganized and living in a state of chaos, one cannot live to their full potential.

Ask yourself these questions:

What is causing me to stay stuck in the current state of disorganization that I am living in?
What are two obstacles that are keeping me from getting organized?
Do I have a clear vision of what I would like my space to look like, feel like, and smell like?

I am a firm believer in determining how I want a space to look, feel, and smell like before taking the first step in the organizing process. A fun and simple exercise that will help clarify the vision for the space needing organization is to create a Vision Board.

To create a Vision Board you will need:

Poster board (cut to a desired size)
Various magazines (for cutting out words and images that reflect your desired   vision)
Glue stick


Create a Vision Board for each space that you would like organized. Post the board on a wall or door in the appropriate room. Take a few moments to be in the room, focus on the Vision Board and pay attention to the feelings that surface. Can you ‘see’, ‘feel’ and ‘smell’ your new space?

Having a clear vision and a taste of what your space could be like, gives you the added motivation and inspiration to conquer the sometimes daunting task of getting organized. Life can be less stressful and have a sense of order. Having a clear picture is key. Give yourself the gift of organization and sense of accomplishment by taking the first and most important step to getting organized before this year ends.