Do you get overwhelmed when you try to declutter and organize yourself, yet find yourself effortlessly sorting, purging and categorizing when someone helps you? It’s frustrating, isn’t it? Why can’t you just do it yourself?
Take advantage of a body double
The body double isn’t there to tell you how to do anything, you just need them there to keep you on track. Their presence keeps you anchored to the task.
They quietly work on pre-sorting for you, collecting all the black sweaters together or sorting the canned dog food into stew or ground meat.
Just having that person there means you get things done. You’re efficient, you process things, you make decisions. You stay off your phone and on task.
Hire an organizer to do the grunt work, the parts that have you crying with boredom. If you have ADHD, you know it really is almost insurmountably boring and difficult for you to get moving on dull tasks like handling paperwork. But, ADHD or not, everyone eventually runs into a situation where they need a certain piece of paper right now, where not having it will scuttle a deal, lose you the loan, sour your boss or worse.
Have your body double sort the paper into categories. Broad at first; medical, school, house. Then ask them to drill down further, looking for themes; immunization records, leases, anything that has ‘Cigna’ on it. If you can give them an idea of what you’re looking for, it’s simple for an organizer to make a customized set of piles for you to go through.
Yes, that’ll still be very tedious for you to go through those papers. But your organizer will have removed (with your consent, of course) a lot of what made those piles of papers seem so daunting. The junk mail will be gone, the grocery flyers, the old newspapers. Expired coupons, old shopping lists, grocery receipts.
And then more body doubling comes in as they sit with you while you decide what happens to each piece of paper. Together you’ll corral the stuff that doesn’t need to be on display all the time. And you’ll get to choose from a whole range of options for storing and having easy access to the paperwork you need more immediately.
And yes, you could have done it yourself. But you haven’t and you won’t. It was too boring and too difficult to get started so let someone help you and it’ll get done. Side effects include the feeling of extreme competency, and the removal of the anxiety that somewhere in those papers there’s an eviction notice or a huge tax bill you just haven’t discovered yet.
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by Lucy Kelly