What is clutter? Clutter is simply delayed decisions!
Sounds easy right? Sometimes when you feel like your space is overrun by clutter it is just situational.
According to the Institute for Challenging Disorganization® (ICD®), situational disorganization occurs when you find yourself in clutter or chaos for a short period of time due to a change in your situation or living arrangement.
Other times, it’s more than that. In these cases, it might be more chronic. According to ICD®, common characteristics of someone with Chronic Disorganization include:
It didn’t happen overnight and will take time to learn new skills and strategies to cope.
Learn more by visiting ICD®. You will find a vast array or resources including the Clutter hoarding scale which is a tool that will help you assess the health and safety of the home.
If you find that you or someone you know would like help, we recommend a two-fold approach. With Chronic Disorganization, it's never just about the stuff. There is a mental/cognitive component that is best treated with therapy. As for the person's surroundings, working with a Professional Organizer in tandem can help the person learn new skills and strategies for how to deal with their stuff.
But first, we must examine whether you are ready for change. Check out ICD®'s factsheet: Readiness for change
Remember, people change only when they are ready. "Change is possible with desire, determination, commitment, and a compassionate support system."
Are you ready for change?
Liz Bremer, CPO