A is part of our organization domination system – a weekly project which will include a full week, spending 15 minutes a day, sorting and tossing the clutter, from a particular area, of our homes.
Emotional Thoughts & Feelings – about failure at getting organized!
Failure points and Organizing Solutions
In his new book “The four hour chef” Tim Ferris talks about two principles that are required to be applied to all learning. (when learning in the method that he teaches, accelerated learning)
The two principles are Failure Points and The Margin of Safety.
Tripping/Failure Points of Organizing Systems
What’s Stopping You Getting Organized
- Fear- fear is my first emotion. When your talking about finding a place for everything, and your home is filled to the brim with so many things that don’t have a home, the image in my head at the enormity of the job at hand, in finding a place for everything, is nothing less than fearful. That in itself is enough to stop me from getting started, at finding “A P F E”
- Time - we are all busy people. Having the time to find APFE is overwhelming, especially when so many things need to have a place found for them.
- Confusion - at knowing where to start and where you are going to put all of these things. If your cupboards, drawers, shed, garage and every other place in your home is already bursting at the seams with stuff, no wonder people feel overwhelmed and confused by the task.
- Failure to Plan- should be simple right? We are getting our things and finding places for them to permanently reside, so that we might be able to find them on the next occasion that we need them. Our other goal is to make our home look neat and tidy by putting all of our things away. Once again this is a mammoth task, when looked at as one huge job. A plan must be made, breaking the areas down into small segments and followed, to succeed at this goal/project.
- Procrastination - putting the job off for another day. Often caused by perfectionism and knowing that such an enormous task could no way be completed on the same day as starting the task. Feeling the need to have all the latest and greatest organization products such as baskets, boxes, calendars, planners, ect.
- Nostalgia - often when our homes are full of stuff, lots of the stuff may well be things that have been passed onto us by a loved one or a friend. There could be unwanted, yet loved items (because of loving the person who gave it to you). Are you holding onto things that your grown adult kids, don’t want stored at their own homes, but are more than happy to put you out, by cluttering up yours? Are you keeping baby toys? (That was one of my problem areas. Two giant plastic tubs full of stuffed toys.) Perhaps sorting through piles of items in this category has lots of emotional baggage tied to it. You’ll probably find that there never is a right time to face this type of everything.
- Distractions- people - It’s always so easy to let people distract us. In a good way, we are easily distracted by our kids and our families. In a good but little more annoying way, we are often distracted by close friends, relatives, bosses and co-workers. Next in order of distraction would come unimportant telephone calls, (ie; girlfriend just calling for a chat) impromptu meetings with neighbours friends of friends, acquaintances, and any other social type of situation. How often you allow yourself to be distracted by people which are of little importance to you, largely determines how much free time you end up with after doing all of the things that you already do and dealing with other emergencies, that crop up over the course of a day.
- Distractions – other -The year 2013 and you can say distracted again. With so many cool things calling for our attention, it’s little wonder that we could often choose being distracted over finding a place for everything in our homes and getting organized. Television, the Internet our smartphones, watching DVDs and Blue Rays, listening and watching music videos, playing PlayStation’s reading magazines, doing our hobbies. It’s certainly a time when the words “I’m board” should never even be thought of, let alone spoken.
- Lack of energy and feeling unwell - with all that we do each day, especially for those with kids, and even more so for those with kids who work, it’s little wonder that by the end of the day, the last thing we feel like doing is getting our stuff sorted. Those who suffer with ailments and injuries, also most often have a hard time at getting motivated to tackle this task.
- Indecisive - sometimes its difficult to make decisions about what to keep and what not to keep. You may have lost weight and own fat clothes, or vice versa. How do you know if you will gain or lose in the future? So do you keep all the clothes in case? What about having more children and the maternity clothes? The baby clothes, bottles and other accessories. The questions are long and sometimes difficult to come up with answers too. It’s easy to see why this is another of the road blocks that cause us to give up on finding a place for everything.
Know what’s stopping you
If you know what it is that’s your stumbling block. The thing that stops you in your tracks from getting yourself organized, you can come up with a way to deal with it when it occurs. There is an article coming up shortly that has loads of ideas, to help you get over those failure points. But, for now, it’s important that you know what yours are.
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Grab some paper and a pen and write down this question
In the past when I’ve been ready to get organized, what was it that made me stop and give up?
IT’s important that you know the trigger, the thing that makes you say, dam it, it’s too hard I don’t want to do this any more.
Know the trigger find the solution
Once you can name the trigger that makes you give up getting organized, we can find a way to overcome it. Once you have worked out what your road block/trigger is, that causes you to give up your organizing endevours, leave a message below in the comments, or come over to our Facebook page, and leave a comment over there, about your trigger. I will make certain that we work to find a way to beat all these road blocks and get you on the road to organizing success.
How we are different to the other Home Organization Sites
And that is how we are different here at Routine Habit. We are looking to help you find the source of your frustrations to your home organization. Instead of showing you how to vacuum your carpets, or put labels on your files, we are focused on helping you;
- discover your organizing roadblocks
- helping you find a solution to the problem that is the roadblock/failure point or tripping point, that makes you stop and give up on your home organization quests.
- get’s you over the stumbling block and onto a system for clearing the clutter from your home.
- helps you manage your home for the future with routines and habits for keeping it organized and clean in the future.
- keeps your home clean and organized by focusing on the minimum required dose.
- keeping your home clean and organized by understanding that 80% of the results come from 20% of the effort.
- We are teaching the 20% effort that will give you the 80% results.
But before we can get into all of that, we need to remove that clutter, find a place for everything, and then, you will begin to be astonished at the amount of work, effort, cleaning, organizing, that you’ll have to do in the future to keep your home that way, and learn to enjoy the organising.
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