Here are 7 ways we sabotage ourselves as we try to get organized:
1. Cluttering your life with objects that have little real value to you. Do you really like that painting a friend gave you? Is that collection of hippos your idea or someone else’s?
2. Over commitment, filling each day with too many activities and appointments. You can never find time to declutter and organize; you have to make time!
3. Placing yourself in the role of victim, allowing other people’s habits and preferences to overrule your own. When you don’t respect your own boundaries, no one else will either.
4, Indecisiveness, including lack of vision, lack of purpose, and a secret desire to let others handle things for you. We all would like to be taken care of from time to time, but good relationships are those of mutual support and care.
5. Seeking support from the wrong people. Make sure you find a partner who is caring, not just critical.
6. Demanding that you achieve immediate results. Unless you hire a dumpster and a team to help you, you won’t get decluttered in a day!
7. Listening to your doubts and constantly reminding yourself of your past failures. Get off your own back! Think positive and act as though your new systems were already in place.
If you find yourself creating more clutter and chaos, take some time and evaluate what is happening in your life. Are you just in a stressful “season” right now; or do you have fears associated with being more in control of your time and space? Will decluttering cause you to focus on issues you’ve been avoiding? Take a good, objective look at your situation.
Do you have other ways of sabotaging your success? Post them in the comments section, it may help someone else!
Brenda Spandrio, The Declutter Lady