Organizing is a skill.(Organizing from the Inside Out,
Julie Morgenstern, 8)
Can you even imagine the relief I felt when that one sentence sunk into my brain?!!?
All my life, I've felt like there was a very organized person trapped inside me. I crave organization, clean lines, simple designs.
Most people think I'm very organized—and I suppose, compared to many, I am. But the truth is, I make attempts at organizing and decluttering but I never get it quite right.
Also, due to health issues, there are times when I shove things anywhere I can find a space—and then dealing with them later is overwhelming.
At the age of 49 1/2, I look around me at the clutter and disorganization in my life and I feel so guilty. I feel like I'm a bad person because of it. I mean, why in the world would I ever let it get so bad?! I'm embarassed and ashamed.
But when I read Julie's sentence from her book, I internalized something that previously I'd only hoped was true. Organizing is a skill set. There are concrete steps for learning how to do it and there are tools needed for success.
Disorganization and clutter is NOT a character defect. It's not a SIN. I am not a BAD PERSON.
If organizing is a skill, then I simply need to learn it and practice it.
I feel like a huge burden has been lifted from my shoulders!