People don’t get organized for a number of reasons – and it doesn’t necessarily mean they are lazy.
We all have something we are really good at, just like we have things with which we struggle. I learned a long time ago that a smart person seeks the advice and counsel of someone who is able to do what they can’t. Those things we aren’t naturally gifted at doing require us to work harder in order to accomplish or attain them.
There are a number of reasons why people are unorganized.
1. Lack of Time
People simply stay so busy these days that there is little time to dig in and get things organized.
2. Lack of Knowledge
When you don’t know how to do something it tends to be put on the back burner.
3. Feeling Overwhelmed
The feeling of being overwhelmed has a tendency to shut us down and almost paralyze us to the point of not doing anything.
4. The Don’t Know Where to Start
The hardest part of anything is getting started and knowing where to start. I always encourage people to start where it would make the biggest difference for them.
5. They Can’t Get Rid of Things
Part of getting organized is getting rid of the things that you don’t want, need or are not going to use. Some people have an emotional attachment to things and just the thought of having to get rid of anything makes them nervous.
6. They Procrastinate
For some folks it’s easier to put off doing what needs to be done rather than diving in and getting it done.
7. They Can’t Stay Focused
Because getting organized is a process, some folks simply can’t stay focused.
8. It’s Emotionally Exhausting
The hardest part of organizing is answering the questions, “Do I want this?” “Do I need this?” “Will I ever use this again?” “Will I miss this if I get rid of it?”
9. Thought It Was a One-Time Deal
There is a huge misconception about getting organized. People think that getting organized is a one time thing, but it is an ongoing process and something that you do daily. Things are always coming into our house and therefore things must always be going out, too!
Depending on what stage of life you are in your battles will change. From the young couple with toddlers/preschoolers, to empty-nesters or aging parents, organizational challenges take on different forms during each season. Certainly your house takes on a whole new look over the years…but none of these seasons last forever!
Effective organization at any time requires two concepts that go hand-in-hand: routine and discipline.
When you create routines and add in discipline they really can help you stay organized. For instance, when you’re washing laundry it can be routine that you wash, dry, fold and put away. That routine keeps clean laundry from being thrown on a couch or a bed and then later thrown on the floor because it is late at night and there is no energy to complete the process. The lack of routine and discipline boils down to the fact that we find something else we would rather do or we fail to stay focused and follow through.
So what’s keeping YOU from getting organized? It’s important to understand why your life and home may feel out of control, but it’s just as important to move forward and work towards establishing your own routines and discipline to create order out of the chaos.
Your family will love you for it!
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