Want to delete clutter from your space and schedule? If having a case of clutter was a medical disease, you might go to a doctor for a diagnosis and solution for negating the unwanted effects. In reality, dealing with clutter isn t any different. The American Heritage Dictionary states that diagnose means to analyze the nature or cause of .1 In order to most effectively remove unwanted clutter, the first steps are to figure out how the clutter happened, what you want the space or schedule to look like, and establish a way to get to the goal.
How did that stuff accumulate in those locations? Here are some suggestions:
- It was the first horizontal surface with space.
- There wasn t time to put the article in its home.
- It wouldn t fit into the .
- The item doesn t have a home.
- The paper needs to be processed before it can be filed.
- You want to put the piece with other similar pieces but you can t remember where they are located.
If your schedule is overstuffed, here are possible causes:
- You said yes when you should have said no .
- Some tasks took longer to complete than expected.
- You want each assignment done perfectly.
- Delegating isn t your bag .
- You added more jobs than you deleted.
You probably have other reasons for the clutter accumulation. Take a little time to think through them. It will save time in the long run because in order to realize organization with lasting results , you have to attack the root of the problem. While we are discussing causes, I need to make a distinction between being disorganized and being chronically disorganized. If someone is disorganized, their space or schedule is lacking order or methodical arrangement or function .2 Chronic disorganization as defined by Judith Kolberg, founder of the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization (NSGCD) isthe result of the bad fit between people who organize unconventionally and the very conventional organizing methods which exist for them to use. In order to determine whether or not a person has chronic disorganization, they must be able to answer yes to all three of the following questions:
- Has getting organized been a challenge for you most of your adult life?
- Does being disorganized negatively affect your quality of life in some way every day?
- Have you been unable to sustain organization? 3
Ifyou are chronically disorganized, you may find that you need the assistance of a professional organizer or another support system in order to begin and maintain organization. For additional information about chronic disorganization including Facts Sheets, please visit the website of the , 1999.