Organizing Projects: I know what I need to do, so why am I not doing it?

Professional OrganizersProfessional Organizers Encounter Common Situations:

Organizing Projects – This person has about 1,500 square feet of clutter that he wants to purge. He is motivated. He can’t sell his home until he does this, and he needs that sales income in a hurry. He has been able to articulate which specific items need to go. He has a realistic timeline set up based on his personality and work style. He has resources lined up for the haul-away, next he should consult professional organizers

Problem:

Nothing is happening.

Question for Professional Organizers:

This question was posed at a Q&A after one of my workshops: If he knows what to do, why isn’t anything happening?

Suggestion from a Certified Professional Organizer:

I would say to this person – You have a little battle going on inside during your organizing projects. The logical part of you knows what needs to be asked, understands why it’s important to get rid of items, and realizes that accomplishing this project will lead to a more peaceful life for you.

The emotional part of you is what has held onto these items and is upset with the logical side of you for even thinking about getting rid of them. Your emotional side is currently winning this battle. We need to get the logical side of you to be dominant so that the emotional voices in your head will subside.

This sounds crazy, but can you pretend that you are not at your house? Can you pretend this is someone else’s stuff? What would you say to someone who has 18 screwdrivers they don’t need? Would you help that friend carry their stuff to wherever it needs to go to be sold or donated? Would you tell that friend, “Goodbye duplicates! Hello open space!” Can you find a way to disconnect from “your stuff” and make it someone else’s?

Response:

Whoa. I’ll He’ll try that!

What mind tricks help you during your organizing projects?

(If you need help with discovering mind tricks to use, look into getting guidance from Certified Professional Organizers in your area: http://www.certifiedprofessionalorganizers.org/cpo-directory.php )

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4 Comments
  • Mike Huiwitz
    Posted at 03:34h, 19 September

    When organizing projects, I usually start with the easy ones then move on to the rest. That way, I won’t have to struggle getting started.

    • Helene Segura
      Posted at 04:51h, 19 September

      That’s terrific, Mike! Everyone has their own “best way” so it’s great that you figured out what yours is.

  • Leslie Trawler
    Posted at 12:20h, 21 September

    The problem is not doing it, but actually starting it.

    • Helene Segura
      Posted at 05:54h, 23 September

      Thanks for stopping by, Leslie! Actually, the “starting” is a similar but separate challenge. Starting and Doing are separate brain mechanisms that need to be dealt with. Hope you have a great week!

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