This is the third post in a new series on How to Organize Your Home. The series will focus on what it really takes to organize your home so you and your family members are happy with the end results. Enjoy!

Since becoming a professional organizer in 2004, and a blogger in 2006, a lot has changed. Today, more than ever before, there’s a nearly endless supply of ideas about how to get organized. Next time you’re at the grocery store, take a look at the cover of just about any women’s magazine. You’ll see what I mean. Headlines say “5-minute organizing tricks” or “5 quick clutter cures” or “how to organize every room in your house!” And if that’s not enough, then hop onto Pinterest for a few minutes. You’ll find thousands of pictures of beautifully organized spaces.

Now don’t get me wrong: I love organizing eye candy. I love organizing ideas. I love being inspired by photos of beautiful spaces. But here’s something I know to be true: sometimes eye-candy isn’t enough. Eye-candy, just like regular candy, can leave you feeling full yet empty at the same time.

How to Organize Your Home | When Eye Candy Isn't Enough

Here’s what I mean. Picture yourself flipping through a magazine or pinning ideas on your computer. Once you’ve gotten your fill of organizing eye-candy, you lift your head up from the magazine (or computer screen) and see something that looks drastically different than what you were just looking at. How do you feel? Empty? Dissatisfied? Sad?

The very ideas that were meant to inspire us can have the opposite effect if our homes look drastically different than the idea spaces. It can leave us feeling defeated before we even begin.
If you’ve ever felt this way (and believe me, I’ve been right there with you) then here are some things to keep in mind:

1.  Where you are right now is just fine.

Organizing is a journey for everyone, even the person whose photos you just got done drooling over. Those spaces didn’t get that way overnight. Instead, time and energy went into creating those spaces. If that’s what you want, you certainly can have it. But first embrace that where you are right now is perfectly okay. You’re in a different spot on the organizing journey, and where you are is a terrific place to begin.

Next, step back and consider this:

2. What do you really want?

Before setting out to recreate an eye-candy space, step back for a minute and explore what getting organized is really about for you. Why do you want to be more organized? What will you do once you’re there? What will that be like for you? How will it feel? It is the answers to those questions that will really satisfy you. The answers to those questions are like eating a well balanced meal, instead of just candy. Instead of the full-but-empty feeling you get from candy, a well balanced meal nourishes you and sustains you for much, much longer. How a space functions and what you can do because of it is the well balanced meal. How a space looks, is more like the icing on the cake.

3. Ideas + Action = Results.

Organizing ideas and eye-candy can serve a terrific purpose. They can help us see possibilities we may not have considered before. As much as they can make us feel defeated if we let them, they can also inspire us to want something different and better. But ideas alone won’t get the job done. What it takes to create results is action. If eye-candy and the answers to question 2 aren’t enough to inspire you to get up and take action, get some help. Ask a friend. Read a book. Enroll in a class. Hire a coach or a professional organizer. Figure out how to get into action, because once you do, amazing things will start to happen. As you create results in the form of progress, you’ll want to keep moving forward.

What are your thoughts on eye-candy. Do they inspire you to take action? Or do they sometimes leave you feeling defeated? Thanks for sharing!

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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 coaching program

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