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When I work with clients who have paper management issues, there are five reasons that come up again and again for why they are disorganized:  

1. I’m scared I’ll throw away the wrong thing

2. I might need it one day

3. I don’t know how to organize them

4. I don’t have the time to file

5. I have to keep all my papers out, if it’s in a drawer I forget all about it.  

Each and every one of those reasons is based on a misconception or an outright myth. So in upcoming posts this week and next, let’s take on every one of them and find out how to work around them, or outright transform them into reasons why your papers CAN be organized - and can be easily organized. Who knows, this may be the trigger for you to go from a paper mess to a paper heaven. estatic

Stay tuned!  

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      Vikki Hall wrote Mar 4, 2010
    • My Mom was the worst kind of paper organizer.... she kept everything!

      And I am on the flip side of my Mom.....I throw everything away!

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      Veggie wrote Mar 5, 2010
    • Looking forward to this one!

      If you could only see my office right now!

      It’s my belief that our surroundings mirror our feelings at that time in our lives.

      From my teenage years, I was always called, Mrs. Clean!  When I started going through ‘the change’ six years ago, I had a VERY difficult time emotionally.  I become the opposite of what I had always been & in the last 6 months or so, seem to be coming out of it.

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      Karin Vibe-Rheymer-Stewart, Ph.D. wrote Mar 5, 2010
    • Vikki, it’s so great that your reaction to your parents’ pack rat tendencies was to go the opposite way!  I have a client who was the opposite of you: daughter of neat freaks, she became disorganized as a teenager to spite them - and proceeded to live 20 more years that way, until she and I met. It’s fabulous that in your case it went the other way, it definitely makes life a lot easier. But stay tuned for the next installments, there may still be things you can relate to. happy

      Veggie, loved your post, because you’ve just shown other people that they are not alone... Very often, formerly organized people go through a period where they just don’t have the resources to take care of everything (because of the illness of a loved one, because of a job loss, or because of any emotional upheaval - and “the change” most definitely can be!), and it’s perfectly fine, it’s actually appropriate to drop the less important things in life (and let’s be frank, a perfectly organized and clean home is not the top priority when a loved one is close to death or when you stop being able to recognize your own body...) But once things have settled back to a new normal, many people don’t know how to climb back where they were, because they never learned how to in the first place. They just had tricks and routines that kept them organized. It’ll be a delight to accompany you back on this journey, Veggie. Please keep the comments coming!  

      Love to both of you, as well as to all the people who are lurking in the background,

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