You walk into your home, and you see 7 unfinished organizing projects. It feels like you spend a lot of time organizing but things still feel chaotic. If it feels like everything is just a little too perfect, you might be over-organizing.
Believe it or not, there is such a thing as creating systems that are too perfect, and when it comes to our homes, it can lead to some serious clutter.
Is there such a thing as too organized? YES! One of the most common problems I saw when working as a Professional Organizer was over-organizing. This is what it is - and how to prevent it.
Read on for all the details!
Over-organizing would be when you’re trying to make things too perfect to the point where it is no longer efficient or you are making your system too complicated, or there are too many steps within that system that are not necessarily needed. Over-organizing is also when you are getting too detailed, too many options, going way too micro with your organizing. It becomes an obsession and a way of life, to the point where your living space is consumed by your need to control everything.
The thing about over-organizing is that it's not sustainable. It's an endless cycle that leads to clutter and chaos. And when your living space is cluttered and chaotic, it's hard to relax and feel at home.
So how do you know if you're over-organizing? Here are some common signs:
This can manifest in different ways: You might have a specific place for everything and become enraged when something is out of place. You might have so many organizing tools that you never finish a project because you're constantly starting new ones. You might be so focused on organizing that you can't enjoy the present moment. Here are just some examples:
Over-organizing seems like it should be a good thing. But, a lot of times that can actually cause it all to crash and burn. Here’s why:
Breaking the cycle of over-organizing may seem like an impossible task, but it's actually not as hard as you think. The key is to take things one step at a time and realize that taking small steps can lead to big changes.
We never like to make changes, our brain avoids changes. If making a change scares you, if it makes you nervous and uncomfortable, that’s actually a good sign. Being uncomfortable means that you are making a change and making a change is good.
By breaking the habit of over-organizing, you'll have more free time, feel less stressed, and not feel overwhelmed.
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