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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?

noone's picture

I think both sides are right...

Not that it matters to anyone, but I'm going to have to side with both on this one. While I agree with Merlin that calling the doctor to fix the fact that I feel sick after gorging myself is badly missing the real issue, I also know that if a professional organizer can help someone with "re-aligning their beliefs about keeping stuff", than it's a good call to make.

It all depends on what they do. If a pro/org only takes crap out and makes it look neat, than you're basically a maid for hire. However, if you help people address the fear that's at the root of hanging on to every last piece of paper they come across, than it's a service that puts you in the realm of Tony Robbins.

Just my "$.02"




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