Let's face it. We all get disorganized at one point or another. Papers pile up, laundry doesn't get done, phone calls don't get returned. We've all been there. That said, sometimes we don't necessarily know when it's time to stage our own intervention or call in some backup. So here are the the signs that it might be time to take action and get back on the organizing bandwagon.
1. You haven't opened up a piece of mail in over a month.
Even if you get all of your bills online nowadays, it's still important to open your mail, even if only to prevent paper tsunamis from happening. Like with most things, once you get into a rhythm of not opening your mail, it becomes easy to continue not doing that. But bags filled with unopened mail tends to be one of the biggest things that throw people into overwhelm and angst. Commit to opening at least 10 pieces a day, starting today. Before you know it, you'll be back up to speed.
2. You don't remember the last time you did laundry.
If your laundry bin is filled to capacity, it's time to take action or bring in outside help. When you haven't done laundry in a while, clothing ends up in multiple piles around your home and then it becomes all the more overwhelming putting everything back in the closet and drawers once it finally gets cleaned. Do yourself a favor and do a load ASAP or have someone else do it.
3. There are parts of your home where you can't see the floor.
When you get to a point where you can't see the floor, it's time to make a change. It's not going to get better at this point unless you make a deliberate choice to do things differently. Clutter, whether physical, digital or mental, never does a body or a mind good. First step? Gather all of the things on the floor and put them together in a neat pile or in a bag. Tomorrow, you can start going through them. One step at a time.
4. You spend at least one hour each week looking for misplaced or lost items.
Time is something we all seem to want more of. If you find yourself spending over an hour looking for your favorite black sweater, the extra set of keys, and that can of chili you swore you had (all over the course of one week) consider that a sign that it's time to bring in some organizing help.
5. You can no longer identify certain foods in your fridge.
When foods in your fridge no longer resemble food, it's time to give some T.L.C. to your fridge. Typically, this shouldn't take you more than 30 minutes. Give it a quick sweep and throw out the things that you know are no longer edible.
6. When you open a closet, you know you're running the risk of things falling on you.
So many of us have a love/hate relationship with closets. The good news is that you can hide clutter by stuffing so many things into them and the bad news is that you can hide clutter by stuffing so many things into them. Stuffing closets is never the solution — perhaps a great quick fix, but never the ultimate answer. You can start with the things that are falling on your head. Where do theyreally belong?
As I said, we all find ourselves in situations like these at certain times.
The idea isn't to judge ourselves, or anyone else, but rather to recognize the situation for what it is, and decide to make a change.
What's one thing you commit to doing this week to get more organized? Share below and I'll be sure to respond to each comment and cheer you on.