I have been wondering what prompts someone to hire a professional organizer and after one or two organizing sessions, they decide to discontinue my services. I try not to take it personal :-(… If they didn’t recognize the need, they would not have hired me.
Let’s look at a few possibilities:
- Boredom – The process can be a little tedious, but they seem to work through it well… and they can see the progress.
- Not a Priority – Once the session is over, they may lose interest. They become preoccupied with other things
- Financial – They believe that they just cannot justify the expense. But I am cheaper than most?
So what do you think would persuade a person to be willing to continue the process, especially AFTER they’ve done the hardest part… Called the Professional Organizer! They already know that De-cluttering is crucial to establishing Order!
So what is CLUTTER? Let’s look at the definition:
- (organizing), a confusing or disorderly state or collection, and possible symptom of compulsive hoarding
- to run in disorder
- to fill or cover with scattered or disordered things that impede movement or reduce effectiveness
We know that DISORDER has a grave impact to our mind, body and spirit. Many of my clients believe that they are on the verge of being a “hoarder”, BUT the importance of de-cluttering appears to simply fall by the waste side. Why?
Recently, I read an article by Mikael Cho, co founder of oompf, entitled How Clutter Affects the Brain (and what you can do about it). In the article, Mike says:
Whether it be your closet or office desk, excess things in your surroundings can have a negative impact on your ability to focus and process information. That’s exactly what neuro-scientists at Princeton University found when they looked at people’s task performance in an organized versus disorganized environment. The results of the study showed that physical clutter in your surroundings competes for your attention, resulting in decreased performance and increased stress.
God gave me this revelation, when He gave me this ministry of Order Your Steps. So I didn’t need scientific proof, but for some, it may shed more light on the mystery of Clutter… I would love to better understand the true Psychology of Clutter. Not the Why we need to do it, but the Why we don’t stick to it?
Another quote from Mike’s article that I really liked:
Clutter, whether physical or digital, is something you’ll always have to deal with but it can be controlled. Finding ways to steer the streams of consumption in your favor will give you a sense of power and a freed mind, leaving room for you to create and experience life without constantly filling your cup to the top with someone else’s sugar.
Any thoughts or suggestions for me?
Incentives, added discounts or is it purely psychological??
- How clutter affects you and what you can do about it (ooomf.com)
- De-Clutter and Improve Your Life [Infographic] (business2community.com)
- Clutter (coolbeanscoolblog.wordpress.com)
- Getting Organized For Optimal Health (healing.answers.com)