Is your goal to get organized in 2014? I can’t think of a better place to begin the search for support than the website of the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD). Information available to you there includes:
- Audio recordings on such topics as: Understanding Chronic Disorganization, Introduction to ADHD & Procrastination, and Understanding the Clutter-Hoarding Scale.
- ICD’s Clutter-Hoarding Scale – A document used to objectively determine the severity of disorganization.
- Fact Sheets: A number of these are available free for download, but I specifically recommend: Are you Chronically Disorganized?, Should I Hire a Professional Organizer or Work with a Friend? and How Do I Find a Professional Organizer Who Is Right For Me?
Definitely check out the audio recordings and Clutter-Hoarding Scale as there is great learning available via these resources, but today, I want to focus on the facts sheets, which are useful in helping you decide what sort of organizing support you need.
Let’s start with the first of these fact sheets: Are You Chronically Disorganized?
The ICD teaches that Chronic Disorganization (CD) exists when there is a(n):
- History of disorganization that has undermined and continues to undermine the quality of one’s life
- History of failed self-help attempts at organization
- Expectation of future disorganization
CD often goes hand in hand with ADHD. Knowing if you’re chronically disorganized is important because it can make a big difference in the type of support you seek out. ICD trained professionals specialize in working with chronically disorganized people and have learned techniques and systems particularly effective in CD and ADHD situations.
Next, take a look at the fact sheet, Should I Hire a Professional Organizer or Work with a Friend? This fact sheet addresses factors to consider when looking for organizing support. Disorganization manifests itself in many ways. Some of my clients struggle with all aspects of organization, be it spatial relations, categorizing, or creating systems. For them working with a professional organizer is a great idea. The professional brings ideas to the table, as well as helps them create and carry out plans for organizing.
Another type of client has a good concept of physical organization but struggles with getting and staying organized because of a lack of time or space in his or her life. For some of these folks it is primarily a matter of learning to better deal with time demands and that is how I best support them as organizer and coach. A third type of client knows what to do and how to do it, but requires support to stay on task – for this type of person, working with a supportive, non-judgmental friend is a great option, but a professional organizer or an ADHD coach can also serve this role.
Finally, the fact sheet How Do I Find a Professional Organizer Who Is Right For Me? lists questions you’ll want to consider when hiring an organizing professional. When looking for the right professional organizer, you may want to consider asking friends or mental health professionals you know for referrals. If you’re beginning your search online, I would highly recommend ICD’s Find an Organizer Service. If there aren’t any professional organizers in your area, there’s no need to worry. There are any number of ICD trained professionals, such as myself that work with clients over the phone, or virtually.
I hope this article has given you a game plan for seeking the best organizing help for you. Let me know how your search goes and if there is anything I can do to support you in getting the organizing help you need.