Feeling a little overwhelmed by the laundry monster lurking in your closet? Maybe it's the pointy kids' toys that always seem strategically placed to be stepped on barefoot.
Some people seem to be born organized. Others have to learn how to become more organized, and others never master the skill.
These days, organizing is big business, as professional organizers are cropping up, helping the disorganized among us keep things in better order.
“I was not born organized. I was a mess as a kid, I was horrible, I got worse every year,” said Deniece Schofield. That messy little girl is now an organization guru. Schofield wrote her first book on the topic in 1982 and now has written and revised a total of five books, including her most recent revision of “Confessions of an Organized Homemaker.”
Schofield and her husband, Jim Schofield, will bring their Get Organized seminars to Oklahoma City on Tuesday and Wednesday. In the seminars, Schofield will share the many techniques she's learned in her more than three decades in the organizational industry.
It was after the birth of her third child that Schofield realized she had to get organized.
“I was just so overwhelmed and discouraged,” she said. “I was young and I thought there is no way I can face the rest of my life feeling this overwhelmed.”
It wasn't that she wasn't working hard all day, caring for her four and two year olds and a newborn.
“I was putting out fires all day long, but I never caught the guy with the matches.”
So she committed all of her organizational problems to paper — two full pages of notebook paper. Then she started slowly working her way down the list, beginning with laundry, one of the organizational pitfalls for many people.
She decided she'd only think about laundry three days per week.
“It was the best thing to this day that I've ever done,” Schofield said. “Four days a week, I didn't think about laundry.”
Then she moved on to her children's toys, trying several different techniques until one stuck.
“I had to get away from those horrible feelings of being so overwhelmed and discouraged. That was my motivation,” she said. In fact, she said, many hoarders are actually perfectionists who are so overwhelmed with what needs to be done, they do nothing.
Becoming more organized can also save you money. For example, one person who attended Schofield's seminar said he'd lost thousands on his taxes over the last years because he was unable to keep track of financial documents he needed.
Eliminating household clutter, Schofield said, is a way to become financially free. She paraphrased Suze Orman, saying, “The clutter just clutters up your mind. It's stressful on your whole system and affects the way you work, the way you think, the way you do it. Clutter can have a devastating affect on you. It's like household dandruff.”