How to stay organized and free of stress part 1. When disorganization is prevalent, oftentimes a person will spend a ton of time looking for something that should be easy to find. It’s also easy to feel overwhelmed in that situation because of the amount of clutter that he has to face every single day.
How to Stay Organized and Free of Stress Part 1
Wouldn’t you like to control your clutter and remain organized for many years into the future?
The dictionary defines disorganization as “a state in which everything is out of order.”
Both children and adults possess varying levels of tolerance for disorganization and clutter. Children are not even aware that there’s clutter in front of them unless someone else points it out for them. This apparent lack of awareness is due to their young age and mental immaturity.
There are some adults who choose to live in clutter as well. They swear it doesn’t affect them. There is a disorder known as hoarding, but in general, some adults don’t realize that any degree of clutter can be a stressor for the family.
Where do you stand on the organized spectrum?
Of course, not everyone is equipped with a natural tendency to be organized, a lot of people really have to work on it. In order to gauge your level of organization, below you will find a list of items that you will need to grade from zero to three. Zero indicates “No, that’s not me” and three indicates “Yes, this is exactly me!” Ones and twos are the middle ground and indicate that the statement “is sometimes true.”
- You can’t find the things that you need at home due to the number of items and how you have them stored.
- When you enter a room or open a drawer, you are searching for more than 10 minutes for what you need because of the great clutter around you.
- You are never early or on time for events and appointments that you have scheduled.
- You have a strong tendency to procrastinate.
- When you go to pay your bills, instead you ponder how many weeks you can go without paying before the company starts calling you.
- You hear from family, friends, and colleagues about your clutter. Even though you feel bad, you don’t do anything about it because you feel overwhelmed and hopeless, or that the effort is not worth your time.
- Clutter stresses you out and you wish it would just disappear.
- You purchase two or more of the same item because you can’t find the one you misplaced or you know you would end up spending a lot of time looking for it.
- You don’t bother with making lists because you’re not confident that they work.
- You feel as though fixing your clutter would up too much time and effort, so you don’t do anything at all.
There is a certain degree of disorganization in every person.
But if your level of disorganization is causing you stress, then it’s time to do something about it. If you responded to more than three statements above with a three, it’s time to work on fixing your clutter problem. This article series will help you as well.
Defining the first step
To address your problem with clutter, you first need to discover why you have a penchant for hanging on to too many things. Below are some excuses that people use all the time to justify living in clutter. Perhaps some of these will sound familiar:
- “What if I end up needing this one day?”
- “I got this from my mom when I was 5.”
- “I can sell this. I know someone will pay top dollar for it.”
- “One of these days I will find something to match this.”
- “I know it’s broken, but when I get a chance, I’m going to get it fixed and be able to use it again.”
- “Whenever I lose weight, I know I’m going to be able to get into this outfit.”
- “I can’t get rid of this. One of my kids will want it for their kids someday.”
- “I got this on sale, we can’t get rid of it. It was a bargain.”
- “This may become an antique one day and I’ll be able to get good money for it.”
- “When I have some more free time, I’ll be able to get around to reading these books. So I don’t want to get rid of them.”
When you get ready to address your clutter and you begin making these excuses, you are only making the process more difficult. You are enabling the disorganization to remain.
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Stop making excuses for old habits once you’ve made the decision to get organized. If you continue to hold onto things now, it will hinder your success for a more organized life in the future.