21-Day Organization Challenge–Day 16 – Book Shelves

From the Desk of Clearissa’s Command Center/Divinely Organized 

Only five days left for our 21 day challenge. Once again, today’s challenge is based on the level of your disorganization of the chosen space. I want each of you to modify the assignments of this challenge to fit you and your lifestyle. I wish I had stated this sooner because my desire is to make the organization process personal for each of you because organization is not one size fits all. Today, day 16, will focus on bookshelves.

As a reminder, if you have missed any of the earlier challenges, you can find them all here. There is always time to catch up.

The concept of the challenge is as follows – I will suggest a 10 minute assignment daily for the next 21 days. You read that right I am only asking for 10 minutes out of your day to spend on each area/project. I guarantee you will see a difference when the challenge is over. The challenge begins on January 6, 2015 and ends January 27, 2015.

Many of you have already gone through this painful process and become one with technology. You read your books on your smart device or listen to them during your commute. However; for those of us who still love the feel of a book in our hands, this will be a bit more difficult. So on to the assignment for ole schoolers like me…:)

Remember to set your timer or alarm on your cell phone so that you do not get involved and spend more than the allotted 10 minutes (that would be a disaster). Just kidding, I recognize organization can become addictive. Look at me!

  1. First step, remove everything from the area (if you have as many books as I have, make that a shelf your focus for this 10-minute project). I do not want to overwhelm you.
  2. Make sure you have your donate bin near. All paperback books, that you have read, will go into the donate bin. No exceptions and don’t fuss. We can keep many of the hardbacks but paperbacks must go. You have to give a little to gain a lot.
  3. Now you should only have hard back books and your decorative items left (all paperback books and other items that were out of place on your book shelf are no longer).
  4. Wipe down the shelf and dust the books.
  5. Only place books back on the shelf. Leave the decorative items off for a few hours or even an entire day. You’ll find things look different when you come back to this project and maybe, just maybe, some of the outdated, older than dirt decorative items will make their way to the donate, yard sale or trash bins we set up at the beginning of the challenge. Some of mine did. J
  6. Final step – If you only had one bookshelf – hurray – you’re done. But if you have several other bookshelves to contend with, that’s okay. You have begun the process and you now have a process to follow. Pull out your organization journal and journal when and how you will complete the process.

Note: One bookshelf down. Perhaps a few more to go. No problem. With a process in place, and a new excitement for success, you can do this. If you can get through 10 minutes and one shelf, you can get through all of the other shelves as well.

On another note: If you have other book shelves or books stored in other places, you are not done. The purpose of our organization journal is to keep track of completed projects which will foster a sense of accomplishment. But more importantly, the journal will remind you of which projects need more attention. Which projects need to be extended and the prioritization of future projects.

There you have it. Today’s assignment is over. *happy dance*

Enjoy the rest of your day…I hope you enjoyed your 10 minutes of organizing and remember, A place for everything…Everything in its place.

Visit my site tomorrow for your next 10-minute challenge.  See you there!

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