I like to think of organizing as a life-long commitment. If you think about it, organizing is kind-of like being on a diet. Heck, there are even books that use the same lingo that a person would find when thinking of going on a diet:
The one thing I have learned is that not everyone is ready to get organized (even though they think they might be). In my opinion, there are three telltale signs you are not ready to get organized.
Boy, we can talk ourselves into almost anything and talk ourselves out of doing things. In the end, they really are excuses that we make to find a way not get something done. For example, if you wanted to loose weight, how many excuses could you come up with. Here are my top excuses:
- I’m too busy.
- I’m too old to be on a diet.
- I work hard so I should be able to enjoy that piece of chocolate cake or whatever else I feel like.
- I’ll start tomorrow.
Any of those sound familiar? Well it’s no different when it comes to organizing. Have you ever caught yourself saying the following?
- I don’t have time.
- I just love shopping so I have a hard time not buying things when I go to the store.
- I don’t know where to even start.
Well, those are all excuses. You can make the time, you can stop buying for the sake of buying or filling a void, and you can get help to get you started. It can be from your family, your friends, or from a professional. There is always a way!
You are looking for a quick fix
Just like with dieting, there is never a quick fix with organizing. Sure a room can be transformed in a day and it can be just like a T.V. show. However, if you are not ready to embrace the change in your habits, the organizing will never work! In real life, it takes time and maintenance. Your ‘clutter pile’ did not happen over night – and the organizing of that pile will not happen over night as well. If you are looking for a quick fix, you are setting yourself up for failure and are not dedicated to the process that organizing is.
You continue to fill your spaces
There is only so much real estate in your home. Yes, you can buy a bigger house but guess what? If you’re prone to filling every space, you will never have a big enough house. You can go and rent storage units, but how many storage units does one person need? Quite honestly – you don’t need any (unless you need them to keep files or items for a limited time). The cycle of filling without shedding will eventually come to a breaking point and you will find yourself with no room.
So now what?
It’s ok to wait to get yourself organized. Truly – it is. Some of my favorite projects have been with clients who are truly ready to become organized. They listen to suggestions, they open are engaged in the process, and they are ready to make changes. Some of them even shed a tear or two as they work through the entire process. They know the journey will not be a quick fix, they do not have unrealistic expectations, and they do not make excuses about how they got to the state they are in and why things are the way they are. They are simple ready.
So here’s to taking your time and to know when it’s time to get it together.