6 Ways to Get Organized and 5 More to Bust Through Procrastination
Getting organized takes effort. It can seem impossible if your goal is to create a space that resembles the pages of a Pottery Barn catalog.
But you might want to lower your expectations. Outside the pages of interior design and furniture publications, most houses are not clutter-free, spotless sanctuaries. In fact, perfectionism and its close cousin procrastination are both obstacles in getting organized. (Procrastination is best defined as becoming too overwhelmed to start or finish a project because we can’t achieve perfection.)
Other obstacles, according to professional organizer Debbie Jordan Kravitz, are uncooperative family members, lack of time or resources, undefined goals and confusion about where to start.
Luckily, “organization is a learned skill,” according to Jordan Kravitz. She says that “many times the disorganization is the result of never being taught the concrete skills of how to get organized.”
Below, Jordan Kravitz, who owns and operates Virtually Organized by Debbie, shares how readers can acquire and sharpen their organizing skills, and prevail over procrastination.
1. Be fussy.
Clutter swells when we acquire more stuff. So “be picky about what you keep,” Jordan Kravitz says. “You need to know what you are keeping it for, and where you will keep it.” She adds that the common reason “just in case” doesn’t count.
2. Go paperless.