Hoarding, cluttering, collecting, saving, acquiring, and or storing large collections of items you rarely use, or that you will never use, may pose a problem when it gets in your way. When items pile up, because you think you may use them "someday", yet they are on the floor in piles, in corners, under the bed and filling up your space drastically, then you may know you have a problem. Admitting the above challenges, though, is difficult for most people who are doing it. Why is that? Well it could be the old slogan that "cleanliness is Godliness". So does that mean if you are not clean and tidy that you are not Godly? "No" says Marla Stone, retired therapist, now turned Pro Organizer. Being clean on the outside doesn't get you closer to God. Getting closer to God gets you closer to God. Getting organized also is not a natural behavior. Becoming orderly is a learned skill.
People who are good at organizing their belongings, and keeping track of how much they own, rely on traits such as: Pattern recognition, ability to sort items into like categories, spatial and analytical skills, communication skills, ability to identify feelings versus thoughts, knowing the difference between a want and a need and most of all using the word "will". When we say "I will" instead of "I need", unless it is actually a necessity, that keeps us alive, we are more apt to follow through on tidying up. So stating "I will do my laundry" will actually get the laundry done.
Some reasons people also may be blocked from getting their space straightened up is that they may suffer from emotional and or personal challenges. Many people that are challenged with disorganization and or hoarding challenges often have suffered numerous losses of loved ones, or they may have clinical depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, dementia, be traumatized from childhood or just life in general. Getting to the core issues blocking organizational motivation is important in order to get organized on the outside. "The inner is a reflection of the outer", Marla states.
Having an organizing buddy, such as a non-judgmental friend or family member can also be of tremendous help. "Two heads are better than one" theory often is the solution to editing large amounts of belongings. Working with Professional Organizers who do not push you to "get rid" of your belongings, but rather make good decisions about your belongings is always helpful.
Know also that there are healing strategies and techniques that can get you more clear on the inside, freeing up your motivation to get organized and stay that way.
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Marla Stone, MSW, Pro Organizer, Décor and Feng Shui Specialist, Life and Business Advisor
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