For most of us, organizing is a chore. A big, scary chore we put off for weeks, months or maybe even years. We employ a variety of avoidance tactics. Some of us don’t go in to that messy room in our house. Or we throw random items in a closet and pretend they don’t exist (and neither does the closet). Or we walk a different direction so we don’t come face to face with a pile of paperwork, a buildup of boxes or a clutter of unused cords.
Why do we have such a hard time with organization? As Erin Doland, editor-in-chief of the widely popular organization blog Unclutterer.com, said, “No one is naturally organized — we aren’t born with day planners in our hands. Being organized is a skill we learn, similar to tying our shoes and reading.” And some of us learn more slowly than others. According to Doland, it took her years to learn to be organized.
The other problem? Plain and simple, some of us just have a lot of stuff. “The more stuff you have, the longer it takes you to initially organize and maintain your systems,” said Doland, who’s also author of Unclutter Your Life in One Week. Below, Doland shares five effective tips for getting and staying organized.