I am starting round 2 of Organize 365‘s 100 Day Program tomorrow. I must disclose that the company’s founder Lisa Woodruff gifted me access to this program (this was after we had her on our podcast; personally I love her ideas and was thrilled to have her on)!
I have been approached by several people asking if the program is worth it. It IS expensive. It would have been a leap to decide to pay for it (though well thought out and established online programs ARE something that I have invested in before, and have not typically regretted).
The program consists of 100 daily assignments all available online, generally with some kind of (short!) instructional video. Each assignment focuses on organizing or cleaning out a specific area. The course takes you from room to room (kitchen is first!), and by the time it is completed there is no question you would have a better handle on all of your stuff and your space.
I say “you would” because . . . I didn’t finish it the first time around. However — I got through about half of it, and I am not discouraged because Lisa actually warns people that it often takes several rounds to get all the way through! She also suggests that most people will need to go through several times, with endpoints: decluttering the first round, organizing the second round, and then finally increasing productivity on the third.
I think that this continued nature of her program — and the lifetime access it comes with — is what does make it worth it, at least for some. It’s a long-term commitment/process, not just a 100 day experience. And I think Lisa (and her company) is very very good at what she does.
I really appreciate that Lisa is focused on the functional. Her organized spaces look nothing like The Home Edit’s rainbow gorgeousness (which — while pretty, strike me as nearly impossible to maintain and slightly ridiculous). But her goal is that you know where everything is, you have what you need, you have eliminated your extraneous stuff, and you have a system to maintain it all.
Now, some people do not really care about clutter or how their stuff is organized. “Outer order, inner calm” (Gretchen Rubin’s phrase, not mine) seems to apply to some but not all. If this doesn’t ring true to you, I am not sure the program would be of much benefit. But, for whatever it’s worth, I personally derive happiness and a feeling of well-being from an organized space.
SO: Round 2!! Here we go!! I’m excited to jump in tomorrow. I think this time I may make it all the way . . . will let you know.