Do you like to learn how to stay organized for years to come?
When a person is disorganized, it’s common for the person to waste a lot of time looking for things that should otherwise be easy to locate. He also feels periodically overwhelmed by the amount of clutter that he has to contend with on a daily basis.
Adults and children have different tolerance levels for clutter. Young children often don’t realize that there’s clutter in front of them unless an adult points it out. This is due to their age and their cognitive maturity.
Some adults who live in perpetual clutter claim that disorganization doesn’t bother them at all. However, clutter is a one of the main cause of stress.
Here is a short list of items that you must grade from 1-4. 1 represents “no that’s not me at all” and 4 stands for “yes, this sounds like me!”. 2’s and 3’s represent the middle range (“this is sometimes true”).
- You find it very difficult to find very basic things at home.
- Whenever you open a drawer to look for something, it takes quite some time to find what you need because of how disorganized things are.
- You find it difficult to showing up early for scheduled events and appointments.
- Procrastination is your middle name.
- Paying bills is often a monthly exercise of asking “how many weeks do I have before this company starts calling?”
- Family members, close friends or even colleagues are telling you to do something about the clutter you make at home or at work. You feel bad most of the time, but you feel that it’s hopeless or not worth your time.
- You are chronically stressed by clutter at home and wished it would just go away.
- You have a tendency to buy 2 or more copies of the same item so you wouldn’t have to spend time looking for the ones you misplaced.
- You don’t normally use lists because you think they don’t work.
- You often think that it’s going to take too much time to fix your clutter, so you let the clutter be.
- Here is the Analysis:
- Each person has a certain degree of disorganization. However, for some people, the disorganization is already causing chronic stress. If you fall into this category, then you have to do something about it right away.If you answered more than 3 items on the list with a 4, you need to step up your game and start solving your clutter issues. Keep reading, we have some tips that will help you.
What’s the first step?
To beat down your clutter problems, you need to know why you have a tendency to cling to too much stuff. Here are some of the common excuses that people use to justify their clutter-field lives:
- “What if I suddenly need this one day?”
- “My mother gave this to me when I was 5 years old”
- “Someone out there will pay good money for this thing”
- “I can find something to match this someday”
- “Right now it’s broken but one day I will have it fixed and it’s going to work perfectly again”
- “If I lose enough weight, this is going to look so good on me again”
- “I’m sure that one of my kids will want to hand this down to their kids in 20 years or so”
- “It’s such a waste to throw it away, I bought it at bargain price”
- “One day this is going to be a collectible and I’m going to have a true treasure sitting at home”
- “One day I’m going to have enough free time to start reading again, I want this to be there on that day”
- If you find yourself making these excuses every single time you want to get organized, you’re only making things more complicated because you’re actually allowing the disorganization to continue.
- You need to stop rationalizing your old habits if you want to make any progress in getting organized. If you allow yourself to hold on to really old items now, there’s no way you can guarantee yourself a clutter-free future.