When “Get Organized” Books Don’t Work

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When I work with clients, it is very common for us to come upon an organizing book such as this one amid the clutter – and oftentimes clients have several of these books!  Why is it that so many people have these books yet have failed to get organized?  In my experience a lot of the problem has to do with lack of accountability.  It’s easy to read a book that gives you

all the details of what you need to do…  The problem is you have to actually DO IT, you have to actually follow through for the program to work.  Many people I work with have the best intentions when it comes to getting organized, but when they look at how much there is to do, they get so overwhelmed they don’t know where to start.  This or they dive right into it, get halfway done with one area and then lose motivation.

One of the biggest roles I play as a professional organizer is “accountability buddy”.  Sometimes just having another person there to keep the declutterer on task is really all the motivation he or she needs.

Fortunately for those of you wanting to get organized, this doesn’t always have to be a professional organizer.  Do you have a friend you can invite over to help you stay focused and follow through a few hours a week or month?  Perhaps you have a friend or family member who is willing to give you a call every 15-30 minutes during a certain time period to make sure you’re still working through that clutter and haven’t gotten distracted.  Or maybe hiring a professional really is the best way to go.

There’s no one “right” way to do it.  If you’re struggling with clutter, take a moment to decide whether a professional is in your future or whether you have enough support through family and friends to push you through the times when you just want to stop.  You can always try the friends and family route first, and if that doesn’t do it for you, sometimes spending the money to hire a professional is even better motivation to follow through!

Have you tried working with an accountability buddy?  How did it work out?

Holistic Professional Organizer and Coach at Synergy Organizing, LLC

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