Staying Organized: What are your challenges?

posted by Aby Garvey on March 26, 2013 42 Comments

Think back for a minute to the last time you finished organizing an area of your home. Can you picture it in your mind? Can you remember how great it looked? Even more, can you remember how great it felt? If you’re like me, and many of the students who take my online workshops, when you finished your organizing project you were probably so thrilled with the results that you just might have found yourself making excuses to walk by and take a peek inside one more time. (You’ve done that before, right?) There really is nothing quite the feeling of a freshly organized space of any size.

organized paper inbox


So the next online class that I’m working is called The Secrets of Staying Organized. Because, really, once you’ve worked hard to travel to what I like to call “destination organization” you want to extend your stay for as long as possible, right? But sometimes, try as we might, the clutter starts to pile up again. And that can be so frustrating!

paper clutter overflowing

As I put together my class, I’d love your input. Please share your thoughts in the comments on any (or all!) of these questions…and I’ll do my best to work solutions to your staying organized challenges into my class and maybe even some upcoming blog posts and quick tips. Here’s what I’d love to know…

  • What are your biggest challenges when it comes to staying organized? Specific examples are welcome. 
  • What do you find most frustrating about staying organized?
  • Which areas of your home are hardest to maintain?
  • Do you find it harder to get organized or stay organized? Do you have a feel as to why?
  • If you could ask me any question about staying organized, what would it be?

Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, questions, challenges, and frustrations! I appreciate it and look forward to hearing (and answering!) your questions. Thanks!

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Aby Garvey is a creative organizing expert and simplify 101’s founder. She has created 14 online organizing classes, which she has been teaching since 2007, helping thousands of people around the world get organized. Aby loves to help people create positive change in their lives through her online classes and coaching program

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  • March 26, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    “What are your biggest challenges when it comes to staying organized?” Being perfectionist. The most challenging part for me is to realise that I don’t have to be perfect, the house doesn’t have to be perfectly clean all the time. I thought about that last week when I was cleaning windows: I didn’t have enough time to clean all of them but it was enough to clean half of them. But then this little perfectionist inside wasn’t happy because perfectly would be if I could clean all of them. After all, I was so overwhelmed that I didn’t clean at all :( The same thing is with organizing. I’m working on it believing that “30min of maintenance” every day maybe won’t make it “perfect” but it’s always better than nothing :)

    • March 26, 2013 at 1:35 pm

      OK I posted on facebook, but here are some more responses:

      What are your biggest challenges when it comes to staying organized? What to do when life gets off track. I do pretty well on the day to day when things are routine but then throw in a vacation or a particularly busy month with many commitments and when I can’t follow my routine BOOM disorganization.
      What do you find most frustrating about staying organized? consistency.
      Which areas of your home are hardest to maintain? PAPER. My home office when I don’t make time for it. Or my craft space when I don’t clean up afterwards
      Do you find it harder to get organized or stay organized? Do you have a feel as to why? I find it harder to stay organized because I am sometimes not sure what the new habit is I need to create in order to maintain my system.
      If you could ask me any question about staying organized, what would it be? What’s the quickest way to get caught up again after a vacation?

      • March 26, 2013 at 7:09 pm

        I have a chair here this is where I do my paper work since the kids have my office area for X-box, I file the papers in the holder beside me but, I forget what is in it.
        I am starting a note book for just the kids scheduals and activities. I have cousity of three g-grand kids and the school & other activities or never ending. This is so flustarating to keep this area orangized.

        • March 27, 2013 at 1:45 am


          Not getting frustrated when something doesn’t work… and then trying to come up with different solutions. After so many attempts you run out of ideas and it’s easy to say “forget it.”


          My kitchen/pantry space is the hardest for me because of limited space. I rent from my sister and we share the kitchen. We don’t share food, but we do share the use of dishes, but there are a few things she doesn’t have that I use fairly regularly, so I keep some of my own stuff available. Her kitchen is highly organized and she’s kinda OCD about it, so I have to keep my stuff in own space. And it is extremely limited. Basically I have one cupboard to keep all my non-refrigerated food and dishes/utensils in.
          I try to pare down/simplify as much as possible, but the space still becomes an issue.


          My house used to be one giant mess, so for me GETTING organized was harder, because there was so much to do and I had to start from scratch. Staying organized is easier because I only usually only need to do one area at a time and because I already have things put in place, it gives me a framework with which to work in. Also I find that it’s like a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it is. The longer I work at being organized, the easier it becomes. Not to mention, the results make it self-reinforcing.

          • March 27, 2013 at 10:12 am

            I love the sound of this new class, Aby! My biggest challenge in staying organised is the kitchen counters. Everything that comes into the house seems to come into the kitchen. I have tackled the kitchen counters and cleared all the backlog of papers off there, but it is really hard to keep it that way! I sort all the mail as it comes in, but then it goes into a pile, and when life gets busy the pile just grows. I’m trying hard to go through it at least once a week (if not daily) to try and keep on top of it. The problem is I need a visual reminder to do things, e.g birthday cards to write go in the pile. Help! The second challenge is kids toys, they just seem to multiply!

            • March 27, 2013 at 10:16 am

              Which areas of your home are hardest to maintain?
              The rooms that are not used often (Guest Room, Dining Room, Craft Room, Husband’s Office) or that I don’t have a special use for (room off the Dining Room) and so don’t get used.
              These are the rooms where we put things when company’s coming or for storage. We say things like “Just go put it in the _______ for now. We’ll deal with it later.” But we don’t, until we need to use the room and then it’s a mad scramble to move things aside to make a pathway to the bed, for example. :)
              I’ve made some progress in the FUNdamentals workshop by giving names and uses to particular rooms. The Dining Room, for example, is used for family dining, about six times a year. The ONLY things I want in this room are things pertaining to family (pictures, my mother’s dishes, etc.) and eating (a nearby counter will house cookbooks and a place for planning meals).

              What are your biggest challenges when it comes to staying organized? Specific examples are welcome.
              I am physically disabled. I use a walker or wheelchair to get around, and I cannot lift anything heavy. So sometimes I just have to make a list and wait for a day when I have help. It’s not too bad; it just gives me more planning time. :)
              Once larger things (furniture) are in place, then I’ll feel much more independent in organizing the small stuff (papers, books, kknick-knacks) and will be able to maintain it.

              • March 27, 2013 at 6:55 pm

                What are your biggest challenges when it comes to staying organized?
                Motivating my family to keep things put away and to quit following me around making messes! lol
                What do you find most frustrating about staying organized?
                Cleaning up/organizing one room, moving to the next and having someone come behind me to mess up/disorganize where I’ve just been.
                Which areas of your home are hardest to maintain?
                Livingroom and kids’ bedrooms.
                Do you find it harder to get organized or stay organized? Do you have a feel as to why?
                When I have a block of time, I love organizing. When trying to keep it up, I’ve got the forces of a 10 year old and a 6 year old working aginst me.
                If you could ask me any question about staying organized, what would it be?
                How do you do it with kids?!?!?!

                • March 29, 2013 at 8:07 am

                  What are your biggest challenges when it comes to staying organized?
                  Making the Time to pick up everyday – put the back that I took out etc. I get a room done in a flash like 2 days and then i tend to sit back to rest and look at my effort but I don’t maintain it and then we start over…this is my life.
                  What do you find most frustrating about staying organized? the perceived amount of time it takes which in reality isnt alot as i have timed my work but can’t get over the perceived amount of time
                  Which areas of your home are hardest to maintain? foyer (mud room) and kitchen counters – pantry and our bedroom – kids are ok
                  Do you find it harder to get organized or stay organized? STAY organized Do you have a feel as to why?
                  If you could ask me any question about staying organized, what would it be? Here is my question to you …do you ever come to customers home and work side by side on a project – if yes, please email me the cost and plan etc. :)
                  Keep up the good work – you rock!
                  I love the sound of you class and can’t wait!

                  April 2, 2013 at 12:34 pm

                  Thanks, Jules. I sent you an email earlier today. :)

                  • March 31, 2013 at 12:32 pm

                    I am an older college student and find it nearly impossible to keep class homework and deadlines organized! I welcome ideas from other students that have found success. I have volunteer and church activities as well as class homework and must do better with organization. A good student is only as good as their productivity. Help!

                    • March 31, 2013 at 10:58 pm

                      Hi just discovered ur blog it’s great.

                      I am a shover! I shove things where things aren’t visible. Kitchen cabinets, closets dresser drawers and under sinks. it’s bad. I’ll clean it out and 2 weeks later catastrophe!!! I’ve found a system that has helped me with my sons toys each category has its own box and because it’s designated I’ve maintained it for a month now. My record.

                      Organization is taught to you and if not u might inherit bad habits. How do you get over inherited messiness?

                      • April 2, 2013 at 12:26 pm

                        No matter my good intentions (or maybe it’s my lack of follow-thru), I can’t seem to “keep it going”…coupled with my perfectionist tendencies that SOME is better than PEFECT

                        My kitchen counters are a catch-all for everything incoming (although I am really good about opening the mail next to the trash), but since I am a “piler”, that’s where everything lands … and don’t touch my piles! :)

                        I love to organize – it’s like getting a do-over – the problem is finding a system I can live with & maintain!

                        IF I COULD ASK ONE QUESTION….
                        Will you adopt me?

                        April 2, 2013 at 12:34 pm

                        Thanks for your thoughts…and your question cracked me up. :)

                        • April 2, 2013 at 12:28 pm

                          The hardest part for me to staying organized is being
                          too busy for upkeep!! When I get home I am too tired
                          or it’s too late (already bedtime) that I just pile it for later
                          which becomes too “later” and then viola, it’s a mess again.
                          YES, I need some help. Is this just me or do others have this
                          same struggle?

                          April 2, 2013 at 12:33 pm

                          Hi, Donna,
                          You’re definitely not alone. :) Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
                          ~ Aby

                          • April 2, 2013 at 12:33 pm

                            My biggest challenge is my kids coming along and undoing the organization. This is especially true in the kitchen and dining table areas. They want to do a craft and there are many paper and clutter in no time. They are 6, so it’s a struggle to teach them to clean up after themselves. Also, they want to save all of the little works of art and paper that they create. It hurts their feelings when I dispose of things. Looking forward to your suggestions :-)

                            • April 2, 2013 at 1:14 pm

                              I don’t really have a suggestion, just a thought about how much I would love this topic. I love to organize but CANNOT, I repeat, CANNOT stay that way. I cannot stay organized to the point that I am beginning to believe I get unorganized on purpose just so I’ll have something to organize which is ridiculous when I consider the amount of stuff I am responsible for. There will always be something new to organize. Just dying to know how to keep something organized…

                              • April 2, 2013 at 2:32 pm

                                My biggest challenge is any flat surface including the floor. I just put things down, and I walk away until I have to look for it again!! Anything that will help me organize my mail and other items that come into my house without a place to live. My coffee table was covered with 3 feet of paper and stuff until last night when I cleaned off half of it.

                                • April 2, 2013 at 2:33 pm

                                  The hardest thing for me is that if it’s difficult to keep together, or can’t be done quickly or easily, I’m not likely to remain consistent. I’m a full-time student and I also work from home, and I have an active 4 year old daughter that is incessantly curious about everything mommy does. So I have to be able to get things done simply and efficiently or my organizational attempts go right out the window. If I make it too complicated to organize my business receipts in my purse, for example, I end up stuffing them in anywhere and then things get messy and it’s all downhill from there. I hate not having control over my stuff! And I hate the amount of brainpower and effort I have to exert to keep track of all the stuff and go digging for things when I need it. What do I keep and what can I throw away? I want to touch it ONCE and be done with it.

                                  • April 2, 2013 at 3:47 pm

                                    My biggest challenge is ENERGY. I am a single mom, full-time employee, homeowner, and volunteer. My job is terribly stressful right now, and I come home mentally and emotionally exhausted; I *want* to do something constructive, but it just seems too much. I’m not the parent or the role model I want to be right now.

                                    Most frustrating aspect: Keeping up the momentum needed to actually establish a habit.

                                    Hardest to maintain: 1) Paper. I simplified my system a few years ago, but recently, and in desperation, moved my filing box into a kitchen cupboard — paper seems to stop in the kitchen, so why not give it a home! 2) Laundry! I hate to fold, and I don’t have a “happy place” to do it, so it’s often heaped into baskets or all over the top of the washer.

                                    Harder to stay organized: It’s hard for me to get from “new routine” to actual habit.

                                    My question: How can I rejevenate my spirits when I get home from work, so that I don’t just “power down” for the evening?

                                    April 26, 2013 at 2:33 pm

                                    I hated folding laundry when my kids were little, so I would wash their clothes (and mine) every day, and they would wear it (straight from the clean laundry basket). With 2 kids and 2 adults, we had at least 4 tops, 4 bottoms, 4 pairs of underwear and 8 socks each day — enough to justify a load even without the occasional kitchen towels etc. so it was enough to justify a load of laundry. When it came to sheets, we would do those on a weekend– strip all the beds, wash all the sheets, dry them and put them right back on.

                                    I don’t do that anymore, but when my kids were little it was a lifesaver. Once you get into the habit it is easy.

                                    • April 2, 2013 at 4:14 pm

                                      Thanks so much everyone for your comments so far! Keep them coming. :) ~ Aby

                                      • April 2, 2013 at 4:56 pm

                                        The hardest thing for me about staying organized is where to put projects in progress. Whether it’s a card I’m writing or a paper I want to make a decision on or a sewing project that’s all spread out, I don’t want to put them away because I think I’ll forget to do it or lose my place.
                                        I also struggle with having a million little thing that get put on the counter or the kitchen table “just for now” and then when I start to clean up I feel like I have to make several trips to different rooms to put them away. I’m trying to find a basket or tote for those so I can sweep them all in there and then put them away all at once. See, I know a possible solution and just haven’t done it yet. :) Maybe I should ask myself these questions every once in a while to help myself think through issues and find solutions (instead of thinking “I’m too tired to catch up” without assessing what the underlying problem is).

                                        One thing that helps me stay organized is remembering that excited feeling I had when I first organized a space. It makes me more motivated to take a few minutes to clean it up and regain part of that feeling.
                                        I also appreciate your suggestion to do one thing that has been hanging out on your to-do list for too long. Naming it as “the thing I can do right now and then get it off my list” somehow sounds more motivating than “the thing I keep procrastinating on”. Focus on the completion, not the delay!

                                        • April 2, 2013 at 7:32 pm

                                          My biggest challenge: staying motivated for the long-term maintenance.
                                          I tend to get bored with that and things fall in dissaray.
                                          Most frustrating about staying organized: my time and energy run out before
                                          I am done maintaining organization so I let it go.
                                          I also have trouble remembering the system. It is like
                                          I need a simple organizational chart for each part of
                                          My life so I do not have to ask, “Now what do I do?”
                                          I could just look at the steps and go.
                                          Hardest to maintain: paper, Creative Nook and Master
                                          Bedroom. The mail builds up, half- finished projects crowd
                                          My nook counter. I tend to do a lot of different projects
                                          At the same time. The Master Bedroom bc by the end of
                                          the day, I am tired and so I drop clothes on the floor, throw mail in a chair, put clean laundry on the bed, etc.
                                          It is hard for me to get organized and to stay organized but I do think the
                                          Maintenance part is harder. My ADHD and mundane tasks do not seem to play well together.
                                          My question: how do you keep things organized day after day, hour after hour, when life is happening all around you at breakneck speed.
                                          After vacation, it takes me weeks to unpack my bags and do laundry. I do go through the mail. And then I sit in a state of “overwhelmness” for a few days. Or a week. No help for you there.:)

                                          • April 2, 2013 at 7:42 pm

                                            My biggest challenge is when our family gets super busy (aka spring). Then, things start to slide and pile up.

                                            The biggest area is any common area but especially the kitchen. I can organize but then when things get put back, they are just crammed in somewhere. I am guilty of this as well as the rest of my family.

                                            Also, storage areas become a problem because if we don’t put things back and then it takes forever to clean them up again.

                                            • April 2, 2013 at 9:18 pm

                                              Biggest challenge: finding a place for everything. Once I find a place for something, then it is easier (much!) to put it away in its place. If something doesn’t have a place, then there is no organization.

                                              • April 2, 2013 at 10:09 pm

                                                What are your biggest challenges when it comes to staying organized?
                                                I feel (and am) the only one who seems to care and try. It is hard enough to motivate myself to stay organized or get organized so to have a spouse or young children who aren’t helping makes it even harder.

                                                What do you find most frustrating about staying organized? It takes good systems and consistent effort. I am usually lacking in one or both areas.

                                                Which areas of your home are hardest to maintain? I find it hardest to maintain the areas I share with just my husband – our bedroom and home office. As soon as I get an area cleaned up and improved he wrecks it again. I am at the point where I am going to see if he will give up the sitting area in our bedroom and he can have the home office for himself. Then maybe I have a chance of keeping more areas clean and organized.

                                                Do you find it harder to get organized or stay organized? Do you have a feel as to why? It is harder for me to get organized. It takes time, energy, and space to work. Also, I have too much clutter because I procrastinate making decisions and some times I need an objective helper to get rid of stuff. It is not easy to find someone to help.

                                                If you could ask me any question about staying organized, what would it be?
                                                Do you ever feel like you are organized enough? I know you need to maintain things and there will always be changes in needs and upgrades to processes, but is there ever a good enough feeling?

                                                • April 2, 2013 at 10:56 pm

                                                  I am the type of person who may put effort into organizing for a while, but when I am stressed or just lazy, I really don’t want to lift a finger. So for me, any system has to truly be the easiest, laziest way possible. One challenge of staying organized is that the system I designed may not have been quite what I wanted, or it make take extra effort to maintain… and so I lose steam keeping it up. For example, I sorted my shoes a certain way, and they looked really nice, but over time I began just throwing them in a pile. It didn’t look as good, but it sure was easier. I could still quickly find a specific pair of shoes in the jumble. But I no longer had to spend any time whatsoever bending over and sorting them. So in the end the “messy pile” strategy won, because it was faster.

                                                  So one of the most frustrating parts for me is the fact that the way my mind works does not look “neat” in real life…. I like a neat look, but the systems that end up actually working for me tend to look sloppy.

                                                  My bedroom is hardest to organize, because it has to serve many functions. I do not have a lot of space to myself, so it’s kind of like a dorm room in here.

                                                  • April 3, 2013 at 8:54 am

                                                    I agree with just about everything they mention. I have a problem with enough time to maintain the system, what little there is, especially when it comes to paper. Too little time and not enough me to go around, so to speak. I tried putting the home ‘office’ upstairs (away from the front AND back doors) because it was not seen in ‘public’ areas and that is the way it has been traditionally. Well, it is NOT working. I think I might try something a little different, break with tradition a little… WOW! What a Concept! Me?

                                                    • April 3, 2013 at 12:12 pm

                                                      All of the above!

                                                      Roadblocks to staying organized:

                                                      1) My shelves, cupboards, drawers are full. Organized but full. So, should I come home with a new book, I have to squeeze it into the shelf or declutter one. Yesterday, I brought home some extra floor cleaner. I need it–the bottle I’ve got is just about empty. But the shelf delegated for cleaning products is full. So, it is just jammed in there.

                                                      2)It is difficult to put away. The best place to keep our air mattresses (which the children use often for sleep overs and camp with girl guides and scouts) is in a difficult place to reach. So, they don’t get put away.

                                                      3) It is unpleasant or boring. I hate to file papers, for example.

                                                      4) I think someone made this comment but I’d like to reiterate it: sometimes I’m not entirely sure of the habit I need to create to maintain order. Nor how often it really needs to be done.

                                                      5) My thoughts. Sometimes my self-talk is my biggest barrier to getting things done.

                                                      Hope that helps.

                                                      • April 4, 2013 at 10:32 am

                                                        My biggest challenge is anything the rest of my family touches. I do the cooking and grocery shopping, so that stays organized. But the laundry is my husband’s chore. Clean laundry is all over the house!

                                                        • April 4, 2013 at 12:55 pm

                                                          My biggest challenge is keeping up with the habit. My life is so busy and varies from day to day that I can’t, for example, organise for 15 minutes the same time everyday.

                                                          The most frustrating is that it’s so easy to fall out of habit. When life happens organising tasks are the first to fall to the bottom of my to-do list.

                                                          Flat surfaces are the hardest for me to keep organised. They are magnets for everyone’s stuff.

                                                          For me, staying organised is a lot harder than getting organised, I find it really hard to maintain, probably because I don’t get those habits well established.

                                                          • April 4, 2013 at 7:13 pm

                                                            What are your biggest challenges when it comes to staying organized?
                                                            Time and energy. Like so many, I hit the floor running every morning. I am home all day, but that time is totally full with homeschooling, activities, making meals, and maintaining (laundry, basic cleaning, etc.) There isn’t any down time for organization until 8:30 or so in the evening, and by then I am pooped and want nothing more than to sit for a moment and catch my breath. I need more uninterrupted time to organize and maintain, but it just isn’t happening.
                                                            Another challenge is keeping the whole family on board in putting everything in place.

                                                            What do you find most frustrating about staying organized?
                                                            Lack of time to do things right and well. I need lots of time to bring things under control, and I cannot make that happen, so things get more cluttered. The 15 minutes a day approach isn’t making much of a difference in the areas that are really bad and need help the most. So I find myself shoving things here or there or just setting things down on a surface because I haven’t found the time to develop a system that works or a home for those items, and the bad habits continue, though I don’t want them to. The burden of all of the organizing falls mostly on my shoulders, which is difficult as well.

                                                            Which areas of your home are hardest to maintain?
                                                            Kitchen counters–where things are placed and tend to stay for awhile
                                                            Dining table–has become a family catch-all at times
                                                            Master bedroom flat surfaces
                                                            Homeschool room/table

                                                            Do you find it harder to get organized or stay organized?
                                                            Right now, I would say it’s harder to get organized due to large areas of clutter and chaos all through the house. We had a flooded basement (living area) well over 2 years ago that threw our whole house into chaos. Even though I have tried to work in small sections down there,since the repairs, we are still in a sense of chaos and I haven’t the time to make a good dent in conquering it. That makes me really overwhelmed and frustrated by the fact that it’s coming up on 3 years and things are still in such disarray. Heaven forbid anyone that anyone wants to go downstairs! It is mortifying to me that things are in the state they are in!

                                                            If you could ask me any question about staying organized, what would it be?
                                                            I am trying to rethink areas of our home that just aren’t working for us the way we have them right now. When there is so much clutter or chaos that you can’t really get a vision to see what changes need to be made, how does one go about that? I know I need the time to clear the clutter first, but therein lies one of the problems contributing to the state I am in!
                                                            Also, how can you use one space well, for many functions, without adding to the clutter?

                                                            • April 5, 2013 at 7:02 pm

                                                              Hi Aby
                                                              My biggest challenges are:
                                                              - papers piling up in the kitchen, home office, and my night stand
                                                              - kitchen stuff drying waiting for me to put away ( maybe days…)
                                                              - dry laundry items waiting to be folded
                                                              - laundry baskets with folded clothes waiting to be put away
                                                              - drawers full of mixed up stuff

                                                              Most frustrating when my kids mix up previously organized areas

                                                              I find it harder to stay organized because I am not disciplined enough; I always think I will get to it later. Stayin organized doesn’t give me the reward of the first organization thrill.

                                                              Most messy areas kitchen, den, pantry, laundry room and basement(kids’ mess).

                                                              Is there a magic pill to stay organized? I will tae it!
                                                              Fond regards,
                                                              Maddalena ( Marilena)

                                                              • April 9, 2013 at 1:00 am

                                                                It´s the hardest to stay organized.

                                                                I always have stuff that don´t have a home that I don´t know what to do with. So I end up just moving them around a lot.

                                                                Kitchencounters seems to be magnetic to stuff, all kinds of stuff, mostly the things without a home.

                                                                The kids and my husband that think I know where to put stuff they don´t….
                                                                I try to tell them that if they don´t know where odd stuff goes I probably don´t either.

                                                                One problem is also the time to keep it tidy. After work, childrens homework, dinner and excercise and going to bed early makes it hard to keep up.

                                                                Looking forward to this workshop. :)

                                                                • April 15, 2013 at 10:29 pm

                                                                  My biggest challenge is how to clean up my work space area. I have been catching cold this past months because of dust and dirt on my work place area. It’s hard for me to organize since I’m to lazy to do chores.


                                                                  • April 19, 2013 at 7:29 am

                                                                    I’m physically disabled, in a wheelchair, have mental health problems, and a brain injury that means I have problems remembering stuff. I can’t work and struggle to go out which means I’m stuck at home alone all day, every day, with only a visit from my dad for a few mins a couple of times a week, and a friend who pops in after work for half hour once a week when she can. I have an assistance dog and can’t even walk him alone – someone takes him out once a week for me, the rest of the time the poor thing has to put up with exercise in the house and garden until I can get the help I need to work on going out.
                                                                    Anyway, all this means that getting organised is really difficult for me. Trying to sort out things on my own is almost impossible – I don’t even know what to do, and can’t move heavy things alone. And every time I start to make a little progress by doing a job, I can’t keep up the momentum and it’s soon a mess again. So disheartening!

                                                                    April 23, 2013 at 3:39 pm

                                                                    Hi, Donna,
                                                                    I’m so sorry to hear this. Is there a friend or neighbor who could help with your organizing projects? It really does sound like getting some help would be the best thing for you. Maybe you could hire a neighborhood teenager to help with sorting and doing the heavy lifting.


                                                                    • May 13, 2013 at 10:24 pm

                                                                      For me, it will be living with a big kid who is hopelessly disorganized. I was more organized when I was living by myself.

                                                                      May 15, 2013 at 2:42 pm

                                                                      Oh yes…extra disorganized people definitely complicates things! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Deidree!

                                                                      • May 13, 2013 at 10:26 pm

                                                                        Sorry, I gave you a wrong email address earlier.

                                                                        • July 4, 2013 at 11:31 am

                                                                          I have always been able to get organized, but staying organized is very hard for me. Partially because I have a tendency to say ‘oh I’ll get to it later’ or it is because of my ADHD. Being ADHD and staying organized is very difficult, because when things get put away and “organized” they tend to get forgotten. When it is out and visible it is a daily reminder to get it checked off the To Do list. (Now that I’ve said that out loud I just discovered the answer – a clear sheet protector tracked up on my fridge). It is the same trap that I have with things as well. If I put pencils away in bins (clear or not) I go in search of them no matter how well everything is organized. The other trap I fall under is having too much stuff. The mindset of my husband is “keep it, we will eventually use it”. The problem though is not having the space to store it. Now that I’ve written this, I am itching to go do that exactly, so thanks for putting the declutter bug under my skin. Now I need to fumigate myself!