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Julie Riber

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Many of my clients ask, "Why Am I so Unorganized?" They feel ashamed, stupid and helpless. They say and think, "something is wrong with me, I should know how to do this." There are many reasons for individuals to be unorganized. We are all wired differently and some have organizing skills and others do not, but you are not alone. I run into all different types of clients and there are many reasons for individuals being unorganized. The 3 reasons I see regularly are chronic disorganization, adult ADHD and situational disorganization. According to the Institute on Challenging Disorganization, the definition of chronic disorganization is having a past history of disorganization in which self-help efforts to change have failed, an undermining of current quality of life due to disorganization, and the expectation of future disorganization. Many of my clients are chronically disorganized and think it is just them. They believe there is no hope for them because they have always been this way, but with a professional organizer trained in this, chronic disorganized individuals can be organized.

Adult ADHD clients too believe it is jut them and have no idea why they cannot get organized. Many have gone most of their adult life with no idea they are ADHD. According to WebMD, 4%-5% of all adults have ADHD. According to Mayo Clinic ADHD is not recognized or diagnosed until the person is an adult. Adult ADHD symptoms may not be as clear as ADHD symptoms in children. In adults, hyperactivity may decrease, but struggles with impulsiveness, restlessness and difficulty paying attention may continue. Some other symptoms are difficulty reaching a decision, the habit of overwhelming oneself with information and details before choosing and allowing people or circumstances to decide for you.

Situational disorganization is when an event in life requires or consumes most of your attention and time. The only tasks that are kept up with are only the absolutely necessary ones. The event can be taking care of a loved one, getting a new job, having multiple children within a few years, or the death of a loved one. I see this type of disorganization frequently. Since my clients have only continued doing the most necessary tasks such as paying bills and doing laundry, the rest, such as filing and purging remains undone. When the event that has been consuming all their time is over, they are too overwhelmed and just do not know where or how to start. Most of these individuals just need assistance getting their spaces back to normal so they can take over and maintain.
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Complete Your New Year's Resolution "Get Organized" with These Steps

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What Does It Really Mean to Be Organized?
Many times when I start working with a client they ask me if
my house is really organized.   I also say
that if they mean my house looks like Martha Stewart’s, then no.   If they mean can I find everything, then the
answer is yes.   To be organized really

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Back To School The Smart Way
It is that time of the year again, back to school. According to the National Retail Federation, families will spend $669.28 on school supplies this year including clothes, shoes, supplies and electronics.
Before school even starts, taking a few days to go through the clothes is a good idea. For the younger kids, take a few rainy days and break down the clothes into pants, shirts, and hand me downs if those apply. Do not wait until the first 40 degree day to discover your child has no jeans that fit. You can wait to buy the heavier clothes until September, but know what you need before you head out.  Having a list makes shopping easier and prevents you from over spending. Be sure to check the winter coat, pants and boots too. If you are planning on ordering online, earlier is better, as some sizes and colors run out early.
Once school starts the mornings can become hectic especially if both parents are working. If you make lunches, have the kids help and prepare them in the night before and just put them in the refrigerator ready for the morning. If it is a struggle to wake your child up in the morning, lay their clothes out the night before. This will eliminate chaos in the morning and the frantic run for the bus.When the kids come home in the afternoon, make sure you have a coat rack and a place for the book bags at their level. Most kids are not going to open a closet door and hang their coats on a hanger. Make it easy for them.
During those first few weeks of school, the amount of paper can be overwhelming. Try to sign them as they come in and this will eliminate late or forgotten paperwork.  For the remainder of the school year and the incoming paperwork, label a folder “take home”, and teach your child to put all their papers that need to be brought home in one place.  In the evening they will just need to hand the folder to you and then you can sort through papers and items you need to sign and return.
Schedules also become overwhelming when school begins with days off, sport practices and games. Keeping them in one location makes scheduling appointments and family events much easier. Make sure all the sport schedules and the school calendar are up. Not all the days off are related to holidays so it is easy to forget that they have certain days off. Some schools have 2 hour late starts or early releases. These are important to know if child care is needed.  Back to school can be hectic, but keeping organized can make it easier.

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Weeds are like clutter, you have to continue purging to gain control. 
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