I am always looking for root causes of distressing problems. As a professional organizer it is in my DNA to look for causes and effects, and not only that, but to look deeper for those root causes that need to be uprooted.
Causes and effects all answer the basic question “why?” Why does time get away from us? Why can’t I find that file that I need at work? Why can’t I fit everything into my day? These and many more “why” questions need a detective!
Did you know that your clutter and chaos actually hold many clues, hidden and apparent, to WHY you are disorganized. It’s true.
My friend and colleague Vicki Norris, of Restoring Order, explains it all in this excellent article called “The Root Cause of Disorder: Organizing is Detective Work”.
She addresses the following interesting subjects:
- Your clutter actually holds clues to WHY you are disorganized
- Get to the root of WHY you continue in clutter, and then design systems to address these why’s
- How do habits, both good and bad, play a part in disorganization and clutter
- Get to know your style, your needs and yourself to help you design organizational systems
- What part does emotional clutter play in your chaos
Take a moment to read Vicki’s article! You will be able to answer many of your why’s by playing detective!