Progress, Not Perfection

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It’s easy to get paralyzed by the fear of trying to make your space look like the beautiful images on Pinterest. Overwhelmed by the mess, we can’t move forward because we want it to be perfect. We know that’s going to take a lot of work, or it might just be impossible. So we leave it one more day, and things continue to pile up. . .

But any progress is worth the effort. Once you start an organizing project — even the tiniest first step — things begin to fall into place. Think of how much stress that cluttered corner or pile of papers is causing you. Let go of the idea of perfection, and just start somewhere small.

So. .  . I have been guilty of this as well. I have been so worried about the perfect blog post that I haven’t posted any blog posts. I have been paralyzed by the fear of living up to my own expectations, which were created by obsessing over other people’s beautiful blogs and professional photographs. I wanted to start this blog so that I could do what I do best — geek out over organizing ideas and share those ideas with others. Time to practice what I preach.

 

Color coded Lego organization www.blueprintorganizing.com

 

As a testament to this, I’ve posted a picture of the “epic” results of my Lego organization project I posted on Instagram in September. I’ve procrastinated on posting this because I don’t consider this epic results. However, I have made progress and the perfection I aspire to (a built-in wall of shelves to hold all the Lego containers in rainbow order as well as neatly organized toys) is not in the cards right now. But considering these Legos were scattered randomly in bags and boxes all over the house. . .  for now this is definitely progress, although not perfection.

I hope that this inspires some of you to make some small steps towards progress without fear of perfection.

 

A New Life for Unused Party Supplies

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I have a hard time letting of things myself sometimes. What makes it easier for me is to admit that it isn’t worth anything just sitting in my closet. Imagine the joy it could bring to someone who will wear it to an interview and land the job that will change their lives forever. Makes it easier to let it go, right?

This philosophy of passing things on to bring joy to others is the inspiration for this project. Each month I choose a different local organization that has a real need for items that I typically see a lot of when helping clients get organized. As part of my services, I collect donations and deliver them to the drop-off site on your behalf. If I’m already organizing for you, there is no additional charge for this service.

The Birthday Party ProjectFirst up is The Birthday Party Project!

This organization is based in Addison, TX and they “bring joy to homeless children through the magic of birthdays.”

They host birthday parties for homeless children, donating their time and party supplies to give kids joy on their special day!

Their current wish list includes:

  • party supplies (hats, blowers, banners, birthday badges)
  • toys (all ages, $30 value)
  • plastic round and rectangular tablecloths
  • gift wrapping supplies and bags
  • gift cards (target, walmart, visa, toys r us)

I know some of you have these things lying around taking up space. Think of the happiness they can bring to a child if you let them go!

For more information, please check out their website at www.thebirthdaypartyproject.org. They also need volunteers to help host their parties. How fun, and what a worthy cause!