Question presented to me: Why can’t I get organized?
Asking me this question is like asking a therapist to analyze you in a 5 minute conversation. Organization (or lack of) is driven by habits, thought patterns, and your surroundings. The part that happens within your body requires analyzing and I am not qualified to diagnose such things. I can offer a couple observations from my training and experience working as an organizer:
√ Too much stuff…the basic reasons: like to shop, do not like to get rid of stuff, emotional attachment, lack of time, don’t care to deal with, belongs to other family members, lack knowledge, and many more reasons.
Understanding, why you acquire and/or hold onto stuff is important to figure out. You need to know so you can change your habits. For example, suppose you have all your paper bank statements since you were born…did you know there is no law about how long you have to keep them. Maybe you kept them because you thought you were supposed to…in other words, you lack knowledge. Gain knowledge, get rid of the stuff.
√ Lack time…time management (or lack 0f) is strongly driven by habits. We get into routines and find it difficult to change. That lack of change often wastes time; maybe you do not realize how much. You get accustomed to thinking and saying, “I am too busy to organize”…this is habitual thinking…you have convinced yourself that you lack time or this is a convenient excuse not to exert the energy.
Get motivated to make a change, how? What motivates you?…fear, improving your lifestyle…something else you need to figure out.
√ Lack energy…consider the same theories as lack of time; you get in the habit of using your energy a certain way and organizing is not involved. There are exceptions, I have many clients with physical issues that interfere with putting their energy towards organizing: I work with someone who has Parkinson’s, another MS, many of my clients have ADD, depression, and more. Assuming no physical limitations, we are back to getting motivated to get organized…increase your energy, how? Change the way you eat, sleep more, your work load, there is little I can say that you have not heard in the media already.
√ Lack storage space…this is valid reason for not being organized, sort of. If you lack space, you need less stuff. There are times when it can not be helped: kids come home from college, family member passed away and you have to manage their stuff, you are in the process of downsizing, etc. These are temporary situations and the stuff leaves eventually. If it does not, then it is your stuff and you need less of it. IKEA is a retail furniture store (among other things) that offers solutions for small spaces. Consider their ideas. Get creative about how you use storage.
Of these four ideas, three of them directly relate to what goes on in the inside of you. So, before you ask me why you can’t get organized, be prepared to provide examples of situations that lead to disorganization. I will help you think through the cycle and pinpoint a place of change.