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Why is it so hard to Organize?


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Did you know that organizing is considered a LEARNED skill? Sure, some people seem to have been born with the knack, but not everyone is!


There are MANY reasons why people struggle to get organized and may need help!!

It's not because you're a failure of any sort, or lazy or any other judgmental reason.

(I don't allow this kind of talk!).

If any of these resonate with you, don't hesitate to reach out for help!


1. Lack of time management skills

Poor time management can make it challenging for individuals to allocate their time effectively, leading to disorganization and the need for assistance.


2. Overwhelming Tasks

When tasks and responsibilities pile up, people may feel overwhelmed, making it difficult for them to organize and prioritize effectively.

3. Lack of Motivation

Low motivation or enthusiasm for a particular task can hinder organizational efforts. People may procrastinate or avoid tasks they find uninteresting or difficult.


4. Physical or Mental Health Issues

Health problems, whether physical or mental, can impact an individual's ability to get organized. Conditions like ADHD, depression, or anxiety can make it harder to focus and stay organized.


5. Lack of knowledge or skills

Some people may not have been taught effective organizational skills or may not be aware of the tools and techniques available for better organization.


6. Cluttered environment

A cluttered physical space can contribute to disorganization. Hoarding tendencies, over-shopping, and simply having too much stuff can make it difficult to keep things in order.


7. Perfectionism

Some individuals may have perfectionist tendencies, which can lead to spending too much time on a single task, causing other responsibilities to pile up.


8. Lack of Prioritization

Not knowing how to prioritize tasks can lead to disorganization. People may focus on less important tasks while neglecting more critical ones. Trying to multitask can lead to reduced productivity and difficulty keeping track of tasks also.


9. Life Transitions

Major life events such as moving, starting a new job, becoming a new parent, or going through any significant personal change can disrupt routines and organization, necessitating assistance during the adjustment period.


10. Personal Preference

Some people may have different organizational "styles" or preferences, and what works for one person may not work for another. This can lead to disorganization if they haven't found a copacetic method that suits them!


It's important to note that organizational challenges can vary widely from person to person, and addressing these issues often requires a combination of self-awareness, skill development and using tools and techniques, as well as professional help, that can improve organization and time management.

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Julie Bestry
Julie Bestry
28. Feb.

I think my comment just got eaten, so I'll try again. You're so right; it's a frustration for many, who assume that they are either born organized or are doomed to experience clutter. But while all of the elements you name are obstacles to getting and staying organized with your space and schedule, there are always skills you can learn to improve the situation. Thank's for making these points!

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I so agree that this is a learned skill. I certainly wasn't one who organized her crayons or toys. I learned when I started teaching in special education when it became a survival skill. I tell my clients that anyone can learn it but that it is easier for some than others. I can learn a foreign language, but I am very slow learning it. My son can pick it up easily. We have different skill sets but we can do this if it is important to us.

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You are so right, Crystal! Organizing is most often a learned skill. Small children, generally speaking, are not born knowing how to group like objects. And they absolutely have very little sense of time. Working with a professional organizer is a wonderful way to learn organizing skills.

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Well said! Getting organized can be a challenge. However, you can get to the other side by understanding the specific challenges, addressing those, and enlisting good support.

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