Chronic Disorganization

A funny name, but a serious problem…What Is It?

According to the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD), chronic disorganization is defined as having:

  • A past history of disorganization in which self-help efforts to change have failed
  • An undermining of the current quality of life due to disorganization
  • The expectation of future disorganization

“Am I Chronically Disorganized?”

The ICD has identified these difficulties that are common results of chronic disorganization:

At Home

  • Cluttered living areas
  • Storage areas filled to capacity
  • No or multiple household calendars in use
  • Stressful household environment
  • Missing important household documents
  • Often late leaving house for school or work due to misplaced items or distractions
  • Difficulty completing household tasks such as laundry, housecleaning, or yard work
  • Multiple projects begun but not finished
  • Inability to find things
  • May have rented additional storage space for excess possessions

In the Workplace

  • Poor time management
  • Missing or misplaced files (paper or computer)
  • Tardiness at or absence from meetings
  • Inability to find things
  • Missed deadlines
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Vague with instructions
  • Frequently losing calendar or planner
  • Organizational issues brought up in work evaluations
  • No system or multiple filing systems in use

“I’m Chronically Disorganized. Is There Any Hope For Me?”

The answer is an emphatic YES!

Working side-by-side with one of our professional organizers will greatly benefit you, if you:

  • Are ready to start making some changes in your life.
  • Are patient; understanding that your disorganization has been a long-standing problem and won’t disappear overnight.
  • Are persistent in learning and practicing new organizational habits.
  • Are open to seeking appropriate medical and/or psychological help, if necessary.
  • Are willing to receive help from a professional organizer who specializes in helping chronically disorganized people.
  • Have difficulty making decisions.
  • Feel confused with instructions on how to organize yourself.
  • Frequently lose your calendar or planner.
  • Have organizational issues brought up in your work evaluations.
  • Have no system or multiple filing systems in use.

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