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What Does it Mean to be Organized?

Written by Seana Turner, PO.

As a professional organizer, I often have the experience of people walking into my home and saying, “Your house is so neat…I wish I could be organized like you.” Whenever they say this, I have to laugh. Believe it or not, being “neat” really has nothing to do with being organized. In fact, it can sometimes mean the exact opposite.

The reality is, being organized simply means being able to find what you need, when you need it.

Most of the frustration we encounter with our “stuff” stems from the feeling of being out of control. Some of the symptoms of disorganization are lateness, missed deadlines, loss of possessions, forgetfulness and procrastination.

Getting Organized: Diagnosing the Problem

Written by Seana Turner, PO.

Ever walk into your house, take a look around and say to yourself, “Whose house is this anyway? How in the world did things get so out of control?” If that scenario rings a bell, then relax. MANY people find themselves in this situation, often for one of three very common reasons.

First, the most universal reason that people lose control of their spaces and possession is because of a life event. This can be either from a traumatic experience (e.g. personal illness, death of a family member, loss of a job) or a joyful event (e.g. getting married, moving, starting a new job).