Disorganization can result from many things:
- a medical or mental health condition
- learning differences
- communication issues
- emotional issues
- lack of systems
- simply not ever being taught
Organizing skills are taught to us (by parents, teachers, caregivers) as if everyone were a conventional thinker, and some of us are unconventional in our thinking.
Disorganization can be a signal that something else is going on – a mental health issue, unique learning style, communication problems, and life crises, to name a few. You can improve your life and organize your home by learning — with the help of a professional organizer and related professionals — a way of organizing that works for you.
A life affected by chronic disorganization is characterized by:
- being disorganized for one’s entire adult life
- multiple attempts to get organized which have failed
- diminished quality of life; and
- expectation of future disorganization
Some common conditions:
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- health crisis
- birth of a child
- job change
Events like these can temporarily “shock” the system and cause difficulty in handling tasks, time and belongings – things that used to be easy to manage.
Find out more about disorganization by visiting the Institute for Challenging Disorganization.