Have you been putting off starting that much needed organizing project? Understanding the obstacles in your path can help you vaporize them! Once all the obstacles are eliminated, you’ll be able to get started and get it done! Here are the 10 roadblocks to your success and how you can easily bust through them to have an organized home, office and life!

Clutter Overwhelm

The number one reason most people fail at organizing is overwhelm. The kitchen “junk” drawer, overstuffed with items stashed away without a thought for years, becomes a mish-mash of unrelated cast off items. The mere idea of having to find a home for all of these small items is overwhelming and daunting. I don’t know about you, but for me, overwhelm leads to paralysis.

Fear of Making Permanent Decisions 

One of the hardest things about decluttering and organizing is the necessity to make hard and fast decisions. When decluttering, you’ll be tossing or donating items that you will never see again. The idea that your child’s stuffed animals will never again be in your possession can be a painful thought. When we decide to get rid of items we’ve held onto for a long time, it feels like they are a part of us. It is painful to separate ourselves from our belongings. The word “belongings” means “belonging to us”. No wonder decluttering is so hard! Discarding our belongings feels like we are ripping away a piece of ourselves.

Getting Organized Is Not a Priority

For some of us, being organized is simply not a priority. It is much more fun to float through life doing whatever we think of doing at the moment and being open to spontaneity. Getting things done and using time efficiently is just not high on some people’s lists. We all have done it to some extent. Who wouldn’t drop everything when invited to spend a day at the beach, or antiquing, or whatever activity you love the most?

Not Valuing Being Organized

What those who do get organized know is that being unorganized takes more time than being organized! Being organized means you don’t waste time looking for that perfect scarf for your outfit. It means you can whip up a lemon meringue pie on a moment’s notice because you know exactly where to find your zester without having to hunt for it for 30 minutes. It means not having to dash to the store before a dinner party for an item because you can’t find the one you know you own. Yes, it takes time to organize. It takes time to stay organized. Being unorganized is a much bigger time black hole.

Procrastination

It’s easy to know you need to organize and get things done. But with a hundred other priorities, it is easy to put off organizing. After all, organizing seems like a rainy day kind of activity. Organizing seems like something you do when you don’t have anything else to do.

Procrastination can be hard to overcome because it is multi-faceted. Procrastination is the result of a combination of overwhelm, failing to make something a priority and fear of making hard decisions. Procrastination is a double-edged sword.

We believe we are making our lives easier and more pleasant by putting off something that needs to be done. We trick ourselves into thinking that we are saving time and angst by putting off that unpleasant task. In reality, our procrastination costs us more in time, angst and maybe even money too. We never do ourselves any favors by procrastinating.

Not Decluttering First

Simply re-arranging clutter doesn’t help you get organized. The first step to organizing is culling out the items that no longer serve a useful purpose in your life. Once you throw out what you don’t want to keep, you’ll be amazed at how much less stuff you have to organize and how much easier it is to find a sensible way of organizing everything.

Fear of Cost

When you peruse all those lovely Pinterest photos of gorgeously organized spaces, your first thought might be “Look at all the things I’d have to buy to be that organized!” It is true that you could spend a small fortune buying boxes, baskets, acrylic organizers and shelving systems, but it is not necessary.

Even the most frugal among us can create a system using materials we already have to make a functional organizing system. Shoe boxes and plastic storage bags can be a first step in getting organized or a permanent solution, depending on your desires and your budget. Organizing doesn’t have to cost money.

The Illusion of Being Organized

Some people don’t see the need to use a system other than the “system” they already have. Being able to see everything out on the desk, on the kitchen counter, on the floor of the bedroom seems like organization to them.”I know where everything is!” they say. It is true, some things can be found easily when displayed out in the open.

The truth is there is not enough floor space, desk space, kitchen counter space or any space to have a spot for everything you own and need. And besides, who wants to live with clutter? Clutter is demoralizing and energy-sapping. Being unaware of the negative effects of clutter doesn’t prevent them from negatively affecting you.

Lack of Organization Skills

Being organized is first a mindset. If you did not grow up in an organized household, the philosophy and principles of organization may be foreign to you. Organizing involves creating systems and routines. There are books written about organizing and the systems and routines necessary to become and stay organized. Organization may be a natural talent for some. For most of us, we need to learn the skills of organizing.

Failure to Plan

Like any successful project, planning comes first. Without a plan, typically nothing happens or the result is less than ideal.

There is a simple secret I’ve found to overcoming the roadblocks in my path to starting, and finishing, an organizing project that I’d like to share with you.

I find being organized is a worthwhile goal. My life is different when I am organized. I’m happier and have more “space” in my life to bring more good things into it. Life just tends to go more smoothly when things are organized!

If you’ve been thinking about getting started on your next organizing project, but just haven’t found the time or the motivation, I have something that might help. I created a free simple printable “how to” worksheet along with a planning guide I use that will make you want to start organizing! It will take you step by step through the first critical – but easy peasy – part of the process. They say the hardest part of any new project or activity is just getting started. Well, I’ve made it super easy for myself using this 5 minute process.

All you need to do to get on the road to a beautifully organized home and life is to do one simple thing that will take you about 5 minutes. You’ll be amazed how easy it is to do and how magically it will jumpstart you to start organizing all that stuff! 

If you truly want to get started on your organizing project, you can download my FREE START ORGANIZING PLANNER and printable worksheet here.

Top 10 roadblocks to getting organized

Linda Barnby Hello Sweet Life lifestyle blog women over 50

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