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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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Professional Organizers

Hi Merlin! Love your site...also LOVE my professional organizers. At two different times in my life professional organizers helped me get my life where it needed to be. They were both insightful, capable, creative and useful in ways that just reading your site and making my own piles of To Do, To Throw Out, etc., just didn't manage. There is something really powerful about having someone sit with you at your dining room table and, without any judgment or emotion, hold things up and say, "keep or not?" I also learned so much from the professionals I worked with and used those lessons over and over. It's not easy to keep on top of the clutter -- the women who helped me made a huge difference in my life. They should be proud and you should bow down to them! thanks, mm




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