There are lots of reasons you may not be as organized as you’d like to be. Life events, our homes and the conditions in which we were raised, all play a role. I want to examine a few of the reasons you may be experiencing challenges. The reason isn’t to dwell on these, or blame someone. It is to acknowledge them and then to let them go. The past is the just that, the past. And getting moving in the right direction without looking back will help you move forward.
First ask yourself what lie events have gone on that may have caused you organizational distress. Did you move? Have a baby? Change jobs? Get divorced? Start caring for a family member? With live changes come changes in your stuff. Simply think about what changed around the time you feel as if you became disorganized and move beyond it. Don’t let it hold you up.
If your parents were disorganized you may have simply never learned organizational skills. They are not something we are born with and we don’t learn these skills in school. So cut yourself a break and commit to learn them now.
Are your coworkers or family members creating clutter than you don’t know how to deal with? If this is the case, you need to have a serious conversation about the problems that clutter causes. If you are stressed out, missing deadline or not as happy as you could be, getting organized needs to be a serious discussion you need to have with those around you. It isn’t the time to be angry or place blame. Make your conversation about YOU and why you need the space in which you function to be more organized. Create systems in which it is easy for others to participate and put their own items back.
If you are keeping things “Because you might need them someday”, I want you to ask yourself how your someday may be negatively effecting you today. Stop cluttering your home with things that are for tomorrow. Enjoy today.