The Hardest Part of Getting Organized

I have always loved makeover shows, from the time when I was really young. I remember celebrating when shows like Trading Spaces, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and While You Were Out would have marathons. I’d plop down in front of the TV all day and watch every single episode.

There’s something about those before and after transformations that is completely mesmerizing. They make it seem so easy! In just the timeframe of one TV show, a space goes from totally uninspired to absolutely incredible. (Unless you got stuck with Hildi as your designer. Then all bets were off. ?)

But transformations in real life? Those can be a little more intimidating to take on.

The Hardest Part of Getting Organized (and how to face it)

At this time of year, we all love the idea of getting organized and tackling our clutter once and for all, but in order to actually get to experience that before and after transformation that we’re craving, we have to get through one of the hardest parts of organizing.

What is it?

Getting started.

Especially when we have those great big, overwhelming organizing projects that we know need our attention, we have the tendency to put them off and put them off, simply because we’re not sure of the best way to get started.

Many times the thought of working on the project is much worse than actually working on it, but it’s hard to get past that roadblock in our brain that says, “This is going to be terrible and you’re going to hate it!” So we keep putting it off.

But the good news is, if we can get past that voice in our head that keeps telling us how hard it’s going to be, if we can JUST START, oftentimes, the more progress we make, the more motivated we’ll feel to keep going, keep making progress, and taking more and more steps toward our own before and after transformation.

Messy Garage to Organized Garage Before and After Photo

So how do we just start?

7 Simple Starting Points

After years and years of hearing people tell me, “I would love to be organized, but I’m so overwhelmed that I don’t know where to start!” I decided to put together a free little guide to help with that very issue.

The guide, called 7 Simple Starting Points: A Guide to Starting an Overwhelming Organizing Project, lays out several easy ways to approach those big, intimidating projects that we’ve been putting off and helps them to feel not quite as scary.

A Guide to Starting an Overwhelming Organizing Project

Every person and every project is different, but hopefully, with seven different ways to approach that tough organizing task, you’ll be able to find the perfect one to help you begin to make progress on your space.

Though most transformations won’t happen in a half an hour, it is totally possible to create our own incredible before and afters. We just need to take that first step and get started.

Go ahead and grab our free quickstart guide, and let’s do this! You’ll thank yourself later!

Happy organizing!


  1. at home with Ashley says:

    Yes! Getting started is so hard. Thanks for the inspo!

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Hope you’re having a great week, Ashley! <3

      ~Abby =)

  2. Kathryn Griffin says:

    I’m one of those weirdos that loves to organize. Now cleaning, that’s another story. Thanks for sharing. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      I am the same way! Love to organize, hate to clean! 🙂 Haha!

      ~Abby =)

  3. Emma Campbell says:

    Oh my gosh I can’t believe this transformation! It’s incredible. We have a spare room that I’m so scared to touch but now I’m thinking I massively need to get on it.

    Thanks for this, going to try and tackle the room bit by bit next week :/

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Thanks so much, Emma! I’m so glad it was helpful for you. Happy organizing! <3

      ~Abby =)

  4. Charlotte Wallbank says:

    I hate to throw anything away, even if I haven’t used it for donkey years, I think i will keep it just in case. However I did buy 5 large plastic organiser boxes to store my fabric in. That’s a start right??

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Definitely! Baby steps! 🙂

      ~Abby =)

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