Challenging Disorganization, Chronic Disorganization, and Situational Disorganization

professional organizer1 Comment

Home » Blog » Challenging Disorganization, Chronic Disorganization, and Situational Disorganization

ICD_LogoTag_Vert_72What is Challenging Disorganization?

Any type of disorganization can be challenging. Challenging disorganization is really the broad category and chronic and situational disorganization are the two subtypes of challenging disorganization.

What is Chronic Disorganization?

According to the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (or ICD) there are three main components to Chronic disorganization:

  1. “having a past history of disorganization in which self-help efforts to change have failed,
  2. having an undermining of current quality of life due to disorganization,
  3. having the expectation of future disorganization.”

Here are some questions you can ask yourself to help determine if you are chronically disorganized:

  • Have you been disorganized for many years?
  • Does your lack of organization interfere with the quality of your day to day life?
  • Does your disorganization interfere with your relationships?
  • Have you attempted to get organized by yourself but nothing seems to work?

If you answered yes to these four questions you may be chronically disorganized.

 What the difference between Situational Disorganization and Chronic Disorganization?

Situational disorganization occurs usually when going thru a life transition. This may include but is not limited to divorce, death of a loved one, change of career or job, moving, illness (you or a loved one), birth or adoption, or combining households. Everyone at some point in life goes thru situational disorganization.

Transitions can be challenging for people. The biggest difference is that situational disorganization is short-term and chronic disorganization is long-term.

It certainly can happen though that a person starts out being situationally disorganized and is unable to get back on track. Then another situation occurs that produces more disorganization, causing him or her an even greater challenge which could potentially lead to chronic disorganization.

To learn more about these types of disorganization and hoarding visit the Institute for Challenging Disorganization website at





About the author: