There are so many reasons individuals keep themselves from getting organized. Being embarrassed is big one. I suppose, as we talk more about getting organized, individuals realize that their space does not meet the public’s expectations. Once that happens, the doors close. Their perception of their clutter and disorganization in their home is much worse than it really is. We work with clients who are devastated to let us see their home yet they know the sole reason we are there is to assist with organizing. They certainly will not let friends and family come in.
When it comes to organizing, I am desperate to teach people that perfection is not the answer. Our homes are meant to be lived in and I am a good example. I constantly work on maintaining the stuff in our home because it bothers me; however, at any point in time, if you walk in the door, I guarantee there will be stuff lying around. Not a lot but something that is in progress. We are a family of four and we use our home. Also, I suspect you would not think negatively of me because of the stuff, but even if you did, I would not care.
Your home is meant to used in a manner that supports your life style. If you do not let people in because you are too fearful about being criticized then make a change. Either change your thoughts or the way your home looks. You do not have to setup your home for company but you do need to set it up so that you can find things, quickly.
Try not to let the fear of other’s criticism paralyze you. You do not have to be embarrassed that you are not organized, you just need to get started. Start in an area that you use the most, that bothers you the most or that needs your attention the most. There is no right or wrong. It is far more embarrassing to do nothing than it is to admit you need help. Once you do, you can shed the embarrassment because you are doing something about it and that feels good.