As we start the new year, many of us want to get our organization on. Whether it’s purging the paper and stuff that has piled up over the holidays or making a decision that you just can’t stand the way your closet looks any longer, organizing is top of mind for many at this time of year. We’re bringing back Liana George’s interview from this summer to help you organize effectively, so you can start the year off with more space, physical and emotional, in your home and life.
Liana George is a Professional Organizer and the owner of By George Organizing Solutions. She works one on one with clients to help them bring order, peace and balance to their homes and lives. Liana is also a writer, teacher and speaker on a variety of organizing topics.
Liana tells us everyone can be organized. It doesn’t look the same for everybody. Just do it your way.
Liana shared some thoughts and the organizational style by brain type from Lanna Nakone’s book, Organizing for Your Brain Type. The four Brain Types are:
- Maintainer – orderly, likes structure and details, lists, schedules and predictability
- Harmonizer – sociable, like space covered with reminders of people – pictures, collectibles
- Prioritizer – very good at time management, goal and results driven, they design their space to support their goals.
- Innovator – creative, spontaneous, don’t like structure or rules, free spirits, like things out, open so they can see them. Hooks and clear containers work well for them.
Liana’s wisdom as we talked about each type is, “Quit fighting your type and work with who you are. You’ll keep it up if you work with who you are.”
The Faith Connection
Liana says, “God is a God of order. All God does has order to it. We are built with an innate need for order. It doesn’t say in the Bible, “You shalt be orderly.” Rather, I find gems and examples of being orderly. In Ecclesiastes, “There’s a time for gathering and a time for letting go.” Exodus 16 is full of great lessons for trusting God for our needs and having more than enough. That’s part of orderly living.”
When we’re so bogged down with stuff, we can’t do what God’s called us to do. The stuff gets in the way.
4 Keys to Bring Order to a Leader’s Work Life
Liana shared these four keys to help leaders best organize for their role as a leader:
- Make a To Do List – Prioritize 3-5 things each day for getting work done.
- Delegate – Don’t just tell, but show.
- Organize Your Work Space – It’s hard to work and think in a cluttered, chaotic space.
- Have an Organized Home – This is a support to get to work on time and in a positive frame of mind.
Organizing for Your Brain Type by Lanna Nakone
Every Child has a Thinking Style by Lanna Nakone
Organizing from the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern
Organizing from the Right Side of the Brain by Lee Silber
You can reach Liana through her website: bygeorgeorganizing.com. There you’ll find her blog, as well as classes and her 180 Challenge – a decluttering challenge course where you receive a weekly email to help you declutter in a more focused manner.