It’s been a rough couple of weeks.
I’m a professional organizer/declutter expert. My job is to help people struggling with their clutter and disorganization. I love doing that! But I was ill for about a week and still rather worn out after that as I was continuing to recover. So things have been let go.
The biggest issue I’ve identified with clutter is that people are too close to the problem and have a hard time breaking tasks down. They can only see the big mess and feel the pressure building as they know SOMETHING has to give.
I found myself facing that situation today. MY home and office were becoming disorganized, with piles building up. I felt overwhelmed and out of sorts. I wondered: Did I not have the right tools at my disposal? Was it time for a trip to The Container Store? Did I need to read another book on organizing methods?
But then it dawned on me: How would I help a client in this situation?
I would say: No, dear client, you do not need another toy — er, tool. You do not need to purchase additional furniture, nor do you need to read another book with a new and improved method of organization. In the words immortalized by Nike:
JUST DO IT! (swoosh)
That really is the “secret” to being organized. You have to take the time, as soon as possible, to decide next actions to achieve the desired outcome. Now, you do need to know where to put that item next so that a) you can find it again and b) you take the action necessary. And that may require some input from someone like a professional organizer. However, a good PO won’t simply have you purchasing the latest and greatest organizing system, but rather helps you determine how you think so that the system makes sense to you. Otherwise, it won’t work.
With any organizational tool or technique, it’s not going to be effective unless you “Just Do It”!
Now, I need to get to work on my stuff…