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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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"It's not about the stuff" -- Peter Walsh, NAPO 2008 Keynote

Peter Walsh of Clean Sweep said it ever so simply, reiterating the way most Professional Organizers approach organizing challenges (space, time, paper, whatever).

It's not about the stuff. It's never about the stuff. It's about our relationship with the stuff and the mental clutter.

Thanks for bringing up these important nuances about our profession so more people can learn we're not just rearranging the deck chairs on the titanic.

-- Allison




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