“I don’t have time.”
“I’m just not organized.”
“I don’t know where to start.”
Most people I meet wish they were more organized. An organized room instantly gives relief, an organized home seems to dissipate chaos, an organized closet lends itself to more space and a well organized day generally delivers more time. So why aren’t all of use more organized? Everyone has an excuse, but most of them are very similar.
Each excuse can fall into two categories: procrastination or rationalization. These are the two main organizing obstacles that hold people back time and time again.
The obstacles and excuses that people claim keep them from being organized also deliver the answers to getting organized once and for all.
Procrastination (AKA “I’m too busy.”)
Nobody has time to get organized, no one has day or a weekend to set aside to cleaning out the pantry or tackling the closet disaster. But the truth is, being disorganized wastes more time than you realize. Chances are, if you don’t have time to get organized it’s because you’re spending too much time looking for lost things. Once you get rid of the clutter and get rid of the obstacles, you’ll find you have a lot more time during the day and getting out the door is much easier. Once you find the time to get organized, you have to take the time to stay organized. Again, it takes much less time to stay organized than it does to lead a chaotic life. Stop saying, “Oh, I’ll put it away later,” or “I don’t have time to clean up right now,” and do it first before it gets worse. We all make time for those things in life that are a priority, once it becomes a priority to get more space, more relief, more time, and less chaos, the procrastination obstacle goes out the window and you’ve opened yourself up to a more organized life.
Rationalization (AKA: I’m not an “organized type” of person)
News Flash, there is no organized gene. There are some areas of the DNA that can lend itself to more orderly ways of thinking, but no one is born with Avery labels in their hand. But anything worth doing takes time and effort. Staying organized is a skill that can be learned. Rationalizing your behavior as “oh, I’m just not that type of person” is not fair (and untrue).
All it takes is a start. One area, one corner, one effort that continues until you see real results. As you start to organize, more rationalization will try to creep in, “Oh, I need to keep that because…” or “I can’t get rid of anything because…” or “that’s good enough, we don’t actually need to clear out everything.” This is why it always helps to have a third party during large de-cluttering adventures, someone who is removed from the situation and can help you tackle your rationalization obstacle.
I don’t think that everyone should love organizing, or everyone should enjoy cleaning out the closets. However, I do firmly believe in the benefits that organization brings to a home and a family. I hate yard work and everything about pulling weeds makes my skin crawl, but I also know it leads to beautiful flower beds.