take only picturesMaybe you’ve seen this saying before. I saw it often as a child when my family and I would visit the National Parks. On those vacations I always wanted to pick a few wild flowers, or take home a seashell. But there was always that sign: “Take Only Pictures. Leave Only Footprints.”

This sign would remind me to leave everything just as I found it, so the National Parks would be just as beautiful for the next person (and generation!) as they were for me.

This is terrific advice not just for vacationers, but for those of us on an organizing journey as well. How great would your home look if every single day, you left nothing but footprints? If you put your things away, as soon as you were finished, wouldn’t your home look terrific? Wouldn’t you feel great? And wouldn’t you be a great influence on others (like your family members) as well?

Give it a try by taking action! Start today by putting away everything you use today. If you take it out, put it away — and leave only footprints.

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Aby Garvey is a creative organizing expert and simplify 101’s founder. She has created 14 online organizing classes, which she has been teaching since 2007, helping thousands of people around the world get organized. Aby loves to help people create positive change in their lives through her online classes and organizing eBooks.

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