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Links and Resources for the Chronically Disorganized

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I'm still in a de-cluttering mode these days (more on that soon), so I was intrigued by this resource, which arrived this morning via Mrs. Folders.

While primarily a trade group for "professional organizers," the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization site has some handy documents and links to help with identifying and solving pathological problems with clutter and hoarding.

If you can tolerate the site's gruesome ardor for PDFs, you'll find some informative and eye-opening stuff. From their fact sheets page:

I really liked some of the Tips for Overcoming Procrastination for the Chronically Disorganized Individual or Household (excerpted):

  • Remember that it is motivation that gets you started and habits that keep you going. Resolve to get started.
  • Delay until you have enough information but not all the information. Have the courage to make decisions with less than 80% of the facts.
  • Break up your projects into small pieces and avoid “all or nothing” thinking.

Good stuff. The Now Habit, anyone?

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decaying apples and rotting oranges

I put it in quotes because it's a funny term to me.

People with hoarding problems aren't disorganized; as stipulated, most of these folks have a form of OCD. So to me, helping OCD by dispatching a "professional organizer" is like calling someone with schizophrenia "confused," and then sending them to a "confusion re-arranger."

"Getting organized" can be a swell thing -- but only once you've gotten rid of the mountains of crap that you've allowed to overrun your life.

And, to me, the bone to pick is with a culture that increasingly encourages us to think that a closet consultant and a trip to The Container Store is a valid substitute for a more profound realignment in thinking -- about how we live, how we consume, and how we make our peace with deeply ingrained, emotional habits. That's where my head is anyhow.

So, I'm sorry if you take exception with the quotes. I'm confident that this is a profession that provides lots of people with excellent value. But I still think it's kind of funny. So, regrettably, the quotes stay. :-)

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