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“You can choose to create the life you want or

you can continue to deal with the one you don’t want.”

Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness by Donna Smallin


When I started Organized by Olive in 2015, I chose 3 action words that would serve as guideposts for my clients—





I want my clients to decide to reduce the amount of their possessions.

I want to help them organize the best of what remains.

Then they will have more space, time, and energy to enjoy their life!


It takes courage to make decisions. You don’t always know just what the result will be—but you know you want a change. The old ways aren’t working; just recognizing that is a huge step!

Many people simply ignore the reality. Others transfer blame to someone else. It is so easy to complain and ramble and make excuses. However, the fact remains that if you don’t make the decisions of your life, someone else will. They will demand your time and energy for the results they want in their life.


To courageously make a decision—that is refreshing indeed!


Whenever you hear yourself say things like…


“I wish my house wasn’t full of clutter!”

“I wish I wasn’t always running late!”

“I wish I wasn’t always doing laundry!”

“I wish I didn’t pick up so much fast food!”

“I wish I had some time for myself!”


…think about a decision that you could make to bring that desired result.


Consider these examples:


“I will decide to donate at least 5 bags of excess stuff this weekend.”

“I will get up 15 minutes earlier every day this week.”

“I will reduce the amount of clothes in my closet to what I really like and wear.”

“I will take time on Sunday to plan simple dinner choices for the week.”

“I will turn off my TV so I can enjoy reading a magazine tonight.”


Little daily decisions help you gain momentum for larger decisions.

You will see results from little decisions that positively impact your life.

You will realize that you really can create the life you want, one decision at a time.


Winston Churchill once said,

“Fear is a reaction;

Courage is a decision.”


You get to decide whether you will spend your energy just reacting to the circumstances of life or whether you will spend your energy making courageous decisions that truly change the quality of your life.


What courageous decision can you make this week? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below! 


Olive Wagar

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  • Jill Annis says:

    I love the 3 words you choose as your guide posts Olive.

  • Olive says:

    Thanks, Jill! What I like about them is that it gives a clear vision and a clear result! We don’t organized things just to have something to do–we organize things so we have more time, space, & energy to enjoy life!!

  • Sara Mitchell says:

    I appreciate your simple reminders that help me stay focused…not making big strides, but a little each day really does add up. I’m returning a new blouse, because when I got home I decided I like it but I didn’t love it!

  • Olive says:

    I’m glad you can see progress, Sara. All those little actions make a difference. So maybe they aren’t so little after all!

  • Mev says:

    You’re good at getting my wheels turning, Olive. Thanks.

    • Olive Wagar says:

      Perhaps my encouraging words are like a little spark. It’s nice to know they brighten up your corner of the world, Mev!

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