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2 Mistakes that keep you Disorganized

The obvious first mistake that keeps you disorganized is that you don’t put things away.

Instead you put something down, thinking you will take care of it later. That’s the start of a possible pile. Something not in the right place.

Next thing you know, something goes on top of the first piece. – There’s your pile. It’s starts with just 2 items. And by the end of the day something else is added to it. Now there’s 3 pieces – it’s definitely a pile!

And later something else goes on top of those 3 things until there’s more, and more, and more. Now you’re suddenly inundated with piles. Piles everywhere.

 The best way that you can stay organized is to do what my parents taught me:

 “Take something out, put it back.” 

 If you’re done using it, put it away, NOW.

  • Not later.  
  • Not tomorrow.
  • Not next week. 
  • Not next month.

 

 

If it’s put away, it’s not going to end up in a pile. No piles means “almost organized.” What did I say – “almost organized?”

 

The second mistake makes “almost organized” turn into “mostly organized.”

This is the mistake of just putting it away anywhere.  Putting clothes in the kitchen pantry isn’t organized. Okay, that was a real disconnect – but you certainly get my point. When you put something where it doesn’t belong, it might be put away, but it’s not really organized.

Clothes on a chair in the bedroom – that’s still the start of a pile, or added to a pile. Clothes have a place – either the dresser drawer or the closet. Chances are it’s the closet. Pants go with pants, tops with tops, and skirts with skirts. It’s that simple. Don’t stick a top in the middle of the pants section. It’s not in its right place.

Think logical, even if you’re a creative.

 

So don’t just pick any place. Put everything in its place.

 

Being organized isn’t that hard, it’s more maintaining it after you get organized so you don’t become disorganized again.

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Piles, Piles, Everywhere a Pile

Cindy closed doors to her home so she could keep the clutter out of her mind. She might not have been able to see it, but the closed doors constantly reminded her there was a mess behind each of the doors. So not only were her piles growing, but the piles in her mind were also growing. So now her emotional stress and frustration was growing too.

It seems that whenever a pile starts, it’s so much easier to just add to it. You think, “I’ll just put this away when I put away the other things in this pile.” And so the pile keeps growing and growing.

That’s probably how hoarders end up that way. Now I’m not saying you will become a hoarder, that’s unlikely because hoarders don’t seek out help. And if you didn’t want help, you wouldn’t be reading this in the first place.

I was hired once by someone’s son to help his mother as he was out of state. I talked to her on the phone, but once I got to her house, she refused to even let me inside. In fact, she barely opened the door to talk to me. Needless to say, I didn’t get inside to help her clear her hoarding.

Cindy’s main problem was how was she going to find the extra time to get rid of the piles.

Here’s 3 steps to get rid of those piles.

 

  1. No matter how big your pile is, stop making it bigger. Just put away what you were going to add to the pile. Whether it’s putting clothes into the laundry basket or the screwdriver back into the garage on the other side of the house–don’t leave it where it doesn’t belong. Put it where it needs to go.
  2. If you take even just one more thing off that pile to put away too, the pile will start shrinking instead of growing every time you remove something.
  3. Take 2 or 3 or 4 things to put away at the same time, and it will shrink quicker.  You don’t have to do the whole pile at once, but the more you can do at the same time, the faster your pile is gone.

 

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