In our last post, we discussed the common excuses that people have when they justify their disorganization at home or at work.
We also learned that in order to seize control of clutter, we have to be willing to let go of our old beliefs and habits so we can make some real progress with getting organized.
How does chronic clutter and disorganisation cause stress?
Below are some of the common reasons why chronic disorganisation can also lead to chronic stress:
You can ignore clutter as much as you want, but below your mind’s surface, your subconscious mind is working overtime to find solutions to the clutter. Unfortunately, without conscious guidance your subconscious cannot create concrete and practical solutions.
If you don’t believe me, trying watching shows like “Hoarders” to see some extreme examples of how organization problems can conflate to the point where people are actually threatened with eviction by landlords and housing councils if they don’t clean up the messes in their homes.
You may be limited to meeting friends in restaurants and other outdoor locations, which may not always be the most convenient option for all parties concerned.
How can you motivate yourself to become more organised?
Getting the right type of motivation can be hard especially if you’re “going solo” and your support network is very small. Don’t worry – you can still do it!
Here are some ways that you can motivate yourself to finally clean up your clutter at home or at work:
The human mind cannot fully grasp the passage of time so a year’s worth of procrastination may feel like a week. You will have a much higher success rate if you set a specific day and hour for your first de-cluttering effort.
Do everything to remind yourself to clean up on the appointed day, even to the extent that you have to cancelling other appointments so you can get something done.
Be sure to invite friends that you secretly want approval from so you will become really motivated to take action. It sounds silly at the outset, but trust me, the most brilliant ways to get rid of clutter come out when you’re having some great friends over.
You’re feeling stressed about the clutter at home or in school because the clutter has exceeded your tolerance level.
You need to identify your tolerance level and use it as a benchmark for staying organised. If you start feeling stressed about the clutter, you have to do something immediately to relieve the stress (e.g. by cleaning up).
This is the only way that you will be able to remove this major stressor for good. Don’t worry – you will soon develop practical routines for getting clutter out of the way!