Time for I.G.O.

When my youngest son was in the second grade, his teacher devoted the first ten minutes of every class to “I. G. O.” time.

“I’m Getting Organized.”

A brilliantly simple concept. Or maybe…simply brilliant.

Somehow…the condition of my work space (my closet, too) is a good indicator of the stress in my life. If it’s a mess…then I am usually in scrambling mode. Too busy! And when I’m overloaded, then my work isn’t as good as it should be, home life isn’t running smoothly, and simple joy in the everyday seeps away.

But an easy remedy is…I.G.O! It’s amazing how tackling one little thing–making a to-do list so you can see how much needs to get accomplished today, or cleaning out your desk, or organizing your closet…it’s surprisingly therapeutic!

Give it a try and let me know if it helps.

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Mocha with Linda says:

    It's amazing how quickly the clutter gets out of control! And when I finally throw something away, three days later I need it!

  2. Heather Hansen says:

    It's funny because I was actually thinking about that. There are a bunch of little things that need to be done around the apartment. I keep putting them off thinking I'll do them later. Well, later is here and they still aren't done. I'll have to remedy that situation 🙂 :):) I think the clutter multiplies on purpose 🙂 🙂

  3. Karla says:

    Well, we had our decluttering done, until our daughter arrived home for the summer from university. Now… we start again!! She has gone out west to work until August, so guess who is left with the mess!!!

  4. Jill Bratcher says:

    FlyLady says you can do anything for 15 minutes (except whine).