GO AHEAD . . . GET ORGANIZED! November 2017 If you struggle with keeping your space organized, then November's Organizing Tip is for you. Going Back

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GO AHEAD . . . GET ORGANIZED!

November 2017

If you struggle with keeping your space organized, then November's Organizing Tip is for you. Going Back to Basics may help you discover how you get disorganized in the first place, what your organizing preferences are, and how you can become more organized. Rediscover your organized self. Read on.

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November's Organizing Tip

Back to Basics

Every once and a while it’s a good idea for all of us to go back and review the basics of organizing. Some of these foundational steps are so important if you struggle with keeping your space organized.

The first thing you need to do is to understand how you got disorganized. There are two basic types of disorganization, situational or chronic. You may have guessed that situational disorganization is the result of something that happened in your life. Perhaps you have a new baby. Maybe your older child has decided to move home. Maybe you are planning to move and need to downsize. Perhaps someone in your family is ill or has recently passed. There are so many major life changes that can affect your ability to get and stay organized.

You simply can’t find the time or energy to get organized. According to statistics, 65% of people described themselves as ‘very’ or ‘insanely’ busy. If you can return to a state of organization with some help, then when life returns to normal, or you learn how to save time by being more organized, you will be able to maintain that state of organization.

Chronic disorganization usually means that you have always struggled with organizing and have probably failed many times when attempting to get more organized. It will take longer for you to get organized and you will need the support and guidance of a professional or a very organized friend or family member who can provide support and teach you the skills you need.

The next thing you need to consider is your organizing style or preference. If you are a visual person you resist putting things away because you will forget about them. Perhaps you are a perfectionist. If so, you probably spend time straightening all the piles of stuff but never actually organizing them, or because you can’t do something perfectly you don’t do it at all. It could be that you are extremely sentimental. You love having all your things around you and have trouble letting go of possessions. Maybe you are non-visual and hate seeing any clutter so you put everything away. Sometimes this can cause you to be disorganized because you put things away and then can’t find them.

Most people have a combination of the above preferences. Once you understand them then it’s time to consider what to do about it. First you will need to figure out how to set aside the time you need to focus on the task at hand. Then you need to muster up enough energy for organizing. Most of the time you will need to ask for help. Don’t be embarrassed by this. If you want to change your diet or get in shape, you don’t hesitate to ask for help or hire someone to teach you how to do this. Getting organized is no different.

You may also need to develop some skills around letting go of things. Letting go of the guilt of getting rid of something is often the first step. Remember that most of the items you no longer want or need can be donated or given to someone else. If that is the case, you should feel guilty for keeping those things!

One of the most important things you can do to keep going through the organizing process is to visualize what you want your space to look like when you are done and hold tightly onto that vision. Maybe find a picture of a similar space this is nicely organized and decorated and put it next to a picture of your space in its disorganized state. Somehow taking a picture of the space right now will often help you to take a step back and create a path to organizing success.

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Disorganized to Organized. Click on the image at the left to participate in this month's survey.

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Here is what one of Jane's clients had to say:

You got me started - helped several times along the way - and while I may still not be done with you, I have to say a sincere thank you for equipping me for this clean out especially at a time when I felt sure to smother under the combination of grief and ALL THAT STUFF! So - more to do of course but thanks are due to you in a big way. I remember your comment as you stood in my flat and said - 'yes yes - you do have pretty good systems but you just have way too much stuff'. I've taken that to heart in other aspects of my life too so again thank you! ~ DM - Decluttering/Organizing for a Move

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