Habits of Highly Organized People

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Habits of Highly Organized People

Habits of Highly Organized People

Everyone has their own comfort level for order. Highly Organized People, HOP, have a lower tolerance for clutter than someone who is not highly organized. It doesn’t make one type of person better or worse than the other, just different.
Most of my clients are chronically disorganized. They may not want to become HOP, but most do want to have a more organized life. Disorganized people can become more organized by learning new habits. The habits that I help my clients develop to improve their organizational skills are the ones HOP use every day:

 Make a decisions – HOP make decisions and stick to them. Disorganized people do not make final decisions about whether they want to keep an item and where to put it. As Barbara Hemphill states, “Clutter is postponed decisions.” Objects roam around the space because their future is uncertain.

 Planning – HOP make plans not wishes. They know what they want to do and when they are going to do it.

 Analysis – HOP do not jump into a project until they have spent time figuring out what the objective is and what is needed to get there. Disorganized people often start a project without calculating the time, skills and resources it will take to complete.

 Finishing – HOP don’t jump from one project to the next leaving several things unfinished. If they find a project is not worth finishing, they let go of the stuff that went along with that project. They don’t let stuff clutter up their lives if it is no longer useful. In homes of disorganized people I will often find the remains of several projects that haven’t been worked on in years, but the half-finished projects and all the materials are still cluttering up their space.

 Clean up is part of the project – HOP plan time to clean up after a task. They put away the papers they were working on. They put the clean clothes away after the laundry is done. They don’t let clutter start growing. Clutter attracts clutter.

 Do a little at a time – HOP don’t try to organize the whole house in one day. They keep things organized by doing a little bit often. Disorganized people often have a hard time breaking a project down into small steps and completing that task before starting the next. They enormity of the task overwhelms them and they can’t even begin.

Copyright© 2016 Elizabeth Tawney Gross, Organizing For Everyday, LLC

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