According to a University of Scranton study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology and on Statistic Brain (http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/), “getting organized” was number two on the top ten list of New Year’s resolutions for 2014, second only to the ever-popular resolution: “lose weight.” The same study indicates that a mere 8% ever successfully achieve their New Year’s resolutions, and one-quarter of people who make such resolutions admit to complete failure to keep their New Year’s resolution.
At Tailored Living, we are all about organization. We think that those who want to get organized CAN, as long as they have the right kind of help and support. We’ve built our business and have helped to forge an entire industry on home organization. Here are some of the things that we’ve learned when it comes to the roadblocks people face when resolving to get organized:
1) The biggest part of the challenge is mental. Everyone accumulates stuff. Even anti-hoarders invariably end up with more stuff than they’d like to have around. The problem is the mental and emotional issues that come with getting organizing: how do I get rid of stuff that I’m attached to? You know, after all, that there is no reason to keep your adult child’s old report cards, but nostalgia prevents you from sending them to the shredder. So how do you get past the emotion of downsizing?
There’s no easy answer, but start by telling yourself that old report cards are not equal to the relationship you have with your adult child or the fond memories that you have of his childhood. Getting rid of things that you associate with those feelings does not equate to disowning your son. Separating things from memories and feelings is the first step to being able to get rid of things that are just taking up space and complicating your life.
Now, here is a practical idea. If you have things that have meaning to you, like your grandmother’s old ceramic teapot, but are nevertheless making your home hectic and affecting your quality of life, take a picture of them. Digital photos last forever and take up miniscule space. Then give the object away to someone who can use it or donate it to a worthy cause and feel good that you’ve done something not just for yourself but for someone else, too.
2) It’s time consuming. This is one of the most common excuses people give for not getting organized. In reality, getting organized IS time consuming. However, most people don’t consider the fact that NOT being organized is also time consuming. You’d be surprised if you added up the amount of time you spent looking for lost items amidst clutter. You’d probably find that it takes hours and perhaps even days or weeks out of your lifetime. And then there is reduced quality of life, the frustration and even loss of self esteem that can come with disorganization that can’t even be measured in hours which contributes to the issue.
The solution: just do it. Take a day and devote it entirely to getting organized. It might mean giving up your regular Saturday afternoon tennis game or weekend drinks with friends for one day, but the results will be worth it.
For some, it might take more than a day, perhaps an entire weekend. The advice still goes: give something else up temporarily and just do it. Enlist the whole family and maybe even some outside help if you need it. Whatever it takes, just do it. It will be a drudgery, but you’ll feel better than you dreamed you would afterward.
If you do need a little professional help and maybe some minor renovations to help you stick to your home organization resolution, Tailored Living offers a wide variety of organization solutions as well as expert advice. Book a free in-home consultation with one of our professionals this December. If you do decide to do a renovation, we’ll give you a free upgrade as our holiday gift to you.