Klinger wanted to get out of the army, and you want to get out from under your clutter. But there are all sorts of perfectly good excuses for why that hasn’t happened yet. Watch this two-minute clip as Lieutenant Colonel Henry Blake reviews Klinger’s ongoing excuses for why he should be discharged. “Mother dying, father dying, ah, here’s an oldie but a goodie – half of the family dying, other half pregnant.”
We use the same old excuses all the time too
- It’s too hot/too cold to work in the garage
- I’ll start on Monday
- I can deal with it later
When you find yourself putting off decluttering with an oldie but a goodie, consider the idea that your excuses might be perfectly valid but hiding a bigger problem.
What is chronic disorganization?
Some people have the knack. They pick up as they go, they finish what they start, they seem to effortlessly keep things moving back towards where they go. If they start a load of laundry, it doesn’t stay in the washer until it’s rank, they move it on through the dryer and they take it out of the dryer before they clothes get wrinkled. That’s their skill set.
So it’s not yours. No worries, now professional organizers have been invented, there’s someone out there you can hire to help you. Just as you’ve outsourced many other things you aren’t naturally good at, you can get help with organizing too.
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But I should be able to do this myself
Hmmm. Do you bake every cake from scratch? Write the software for your spreadsheets? Design and create the apps you want? Not everyone has to do everything and you’re no exception.
From birth we get help if we need it from professionals. Think of the specialists who teach children, do speech training, vision therapy, occupational therapy, tutoring, coaching, and therapy. We outsource all those skills because we want our kids to have the most qualified help.
Feel like organizing’s “women’s work” and you ought to be able to do it? Update that old-school programming glitch right now. The organizing gene doesn’t choose which gender gets it. Women in the past may have done most of the organizing but that doesn’t mean all of them were good at it.
How to find a professional organizer
There are two main professional organizations. NAPO and ICD. If you think you might be chronically disorganized, try ICD first. Take your time choosing the right organizer for you. If you’re in the Boulder/Longmont area, I can help.