Customized Solutions for Those With Chronic Disorganization
Agent Yes works one-on-one with clients, providing a gentle support system and aiding in the development of coping skills and problem solving skills. Together we’ll discuss the reasons behind your acquisition of more “stuff” and learn how to discard clutter. Agent Yes will work with you to develop a customized organization system, encourage confidence and empower you to make decisions for yourself.
What is Situational Disorganization?
Situational Disorganization is a sudden occurrence of disorganization brought on by stressful and often life changing events. These include things like a new job, job loss, marriage, new home, death of a loved one, birth/adoption and divorce/separation. The resulting clutter and scheduling difficulties can last for longer than one might expect, but doesn’t have to go on indefinitely. A professional organizer can help you regain control and be organized once again.
The Three Criteria of Challenging or Chronic Disorganization
The Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) definition of Chronic Disorganizaton uses these three criteria:
- Chronic Disorganization is having a past history of disorganization in which self help efforts to change have failed
- An undermining of your current quality of life due to disorganization
- An expectation of future disorganization
The Institute for Challenging Disorganization has organized very helpful, public fact sheets that explain more in depth about what Chronic Disorganization involves. Please see them at www.challengingdisorganization.org/content/fact-sheet-public
What Causes Chronic Disorganization?
It’s important to understand that those who suffer from Chronic or Challenging Disorganization are not “just lazy,” nor are they content with their condition. It’s frustrating, embarrassing and at times can create problems with family dynamics.
Neurologically based conditions like Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, Fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis can cause Chronic Disorganization or Challenging Disorganization. Depression, anxiety and chronic pain can also be the root cause.
Do You Have Chronic or Challenging Disorganization?
If you think that you might have Chronic Disorganization , please ask yourself the following questions:
- Have you been disorganized for as long as you can remember?
- Have you tried many organizing systems for clutter and time management in the past but still aren’t happy with the results?
- Are you constantly running late?
- Do you feel like you are drowning in excess “stuff” (eg. boxes, bags, papers, clothes, new items still in original packaging) and the situation is only getting worse?
- Do you have many projects going on at once and nothing gets finished?
- Do you feel guilty and/or angry about often working late and missing out on being with family or friends?
- Do you panic at the thought of having anyone over to your home?
- Are your children ashamed to ask their friends to come over to play or spend the night?
- Do you crave organization in your life but it seems unattainable?
- Do you own multiples of a particular item but can’t find even one when you actually need it?
Chronic Disorganization Isn’t Necessarily Hoarding
Many people confuse Chronic Disorganization as Hoarding when in reality, Compulsive Hoarding Disorder is only an extreme aspect of Chronic Disorganization.
It’s also important to note that there is a distinct difference between hoarding and collecting.
- People who are collectors look for specific items and while they may have a lot of them, they may organize, take care of or display them.
- People with hoarding disorder tend to save things that look random (or even like trash) to someone else. These items are sometimes stored in a precarious, often dangerous manner.
Agent Yes has been a member to the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) for several years and is currently studying for specialist certificates in ADHD and Hoarding Disorder. She attends conferences and continues her Chronic Disorganization education.