Most of my clients want to get their homes or offices completely clutter-free before they move on to the next part of their lives. Some want to pursue writing careers, others want to start their own businesses and still others just want to be able to have friends stop by without feeling guilty and ashamed by the condition of their homes.
My friend and colleague, Stephanie Calahan wrote a thought-provoking article: Seriously, What Are You Waiting For? She explains that perfectionism is a form of procrastination, that she herself is a recovering perfectionist and gives tips on how she lets go of perfectionism.
Within the post is this very important message:
Start where you are.
If you are a person who tends toward clutter and disorganization (like I am!), start right
there. Rather than fight your natural tendencies, adapt and adjust to them. You simply have to think different – a little harder – than the person who is organized by nature.
For some of us, needing to declutter and get organized completely has been our reason for procrastinating on writing our book, starting a business or spending time with friends. And because we are not organized by nature, we find ourselves constantly spinning our wheels and never moving forward.
I would encourage you to stop waiting until your home or office is perfectly free of clutter before pursuing your dreams and ambitions. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be doing any decluttering, though! Just like my friend Stephanie has to let go of perfectionism daily, we need to incorporate organizing tasks as part of the fabric and routine of our daily life.
How will you adapt your tendency toward clutter and disorganization and move forward in your life? Let us know in the comments!