In the previous posts, we have uncovered 10 of the eleven common hindrances to getting organized. I had mentioned that there are eleven common roadblocks we face when it comes to organization.

You may relate to one or to several. Take heart, though, because you CAN overcome these obstacles and get organized.

Hindrance # 11: Distraction. You get easily side-tracked.

If this is your hindrance, you have probably attempted to get organized in the past, but you never made much progress. It’s okay if this is you. Don’t feel bad or blame yourself. That would be counterintuitive.

Instead, we’re going to attempt to retrain ourselves to bring a task to completion. If you have found yourself in this situation, you may have said one or more things like…

-Oh my gosh, I’ve been looking for this thing forever! I’m so glad I found it. Let me see if I can remember how it works.

-I’ve had this since I graduated high school. I cannot get rid of this. I remember wearing this to my graduation. I think I have a photo of me wearing this somewhere.

-This electronic still works. This dress still fits. These shoes still look new.

On and on your list may go. You are likely very sentimental about your belongings which makes decluttering especially difficult. You may have things piled high and deep because you simply can’t part with anything.

You can think of 100 reasons to keep everything and zero reasons why you should get rid of it. With all of this in mind, it becomes very difficult to stay the task and finish organizing anything.

So, how do you overcome this obstacle? This may be a great time to recruit a family member or friend who can keep you focused and minimize the distraction. First, you are going to grab a timer and pick one space to start.

Set the timer for 30 minutes.Hearing that ticking timer will prompt you to stay the course. Start sorting items by category. Do not start with sentimental items. Start with something easier like shoes, pajamas, or books. Sort each item into a category.

I recommend using large boxes. Next, analyze how much space you actually have to work with. And, finally, be honest with yourself and decide what truly belongs in your home. If you do not find it beautiful or useful, consider who you could pass it along to.

Give yourself permission to keep as much as you want ONLY if your space permits. By working like this in thirty minute slots, you will find it less overwhelming. 

Some no-brainer items to toss might be electronics that no longer work, any item that is missing parts, clothing that is worn or stained, shoes that no longer fit, and books you never intend to read again. Slowly and steadily, you will gain order from the disorder. You will gain peace again in the midst of the chaos. 

Happy Organizing!

I hope you have enjoyed this series on overcoming obstacles to organization. If you find this information useful, please subscribe to continue getting more information to help you get better organized. When you subscribe, I’ll send you a few printables  to start your journey to organization.

Need to deep clean? I have lists for you to guide you along.

My How to Deep Clean Your Kitchen list can be found here.

My How to Deep Clean Your Bathroom list can be found here.

My How to Deep Clean Your Kids’ Rooms list can be found here.

My How to Deep Clean Your Living Room list can be found here.

My How to Deep Clean Your Bedroom list can be found here.

Also, to keep up the general housework, you may need to create a daily housekeeping schedule that suits your specific needs. To do so, I have created a helpful series you can read here.

Need to Declutter Every room? I have declutter checklists for every room and every space in your home to guide you along below.

How to Declutter the Guest Room or Your Kid’s Room checklist can be found here.

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How to Declutter Your Laundry Room and Patio checklist can be found here.

How to Declutter Your Coat Closet/Hall Closet/Linen Closet checklist can be found here.

How to Declutter Your Home Office checklist can be found here.

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How to Declutter Your Attic checklist can be found here.

How to Declutter Your Garage checklist can be found here.

How to Declutter Your Living Room checklist can be found here.

How to Declutter Your Kitchen Checklist can be found here.

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How to Declutter Your Entry/Foyer/Mudroom checklist can be found here.

How to Declutter Your Clothing checklist can be found here.

How to Declutter Your Bedroom checklist can be found here.

How to Declutter Your Bathroom checklist can be found here.

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New to deemiddleton.com and don’t know where to start? I recommend going in this order:

Step 1: Check out this post on the 1st step you should take to get organized.

Step 2: Create a daily Housekeeping Schedule. You can use this series to start to set up your own schedule. You can also use this simplified weekly schedule.If you often ask: What is the fastest way to clean a dirty house? Or, if you struggle to get organized and have tried and failed time and again, you can likely find out which of these 11 reasons cause you to fail to get organized.

Step 3:   How do you remove clutter?.…Sign up for the Declutter Series and get your entire home decluttered in just 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.”Declutter Your Home” checklists are provided in each email.

Step 4: What is the fastest way to clean a dirty house? Use a timer and use the Deep Cleaning Checklists above. They will help you get your home sparkling after you’ve decluttered. 

Interested in becoming a full-time blogger like me? Check out my blogging series. At the top of every page on my blog, you’ll find a drop down menu. Just select the BLOGGING category.

Check out the most popular posts on deemiddleton.com: 

14 Things That Make Your Home Look Cluttered

How to Do A 1 Day Declutter

How to Create a Daily Housekeeping Schedule

How to Clean House When You Are Completely Overwhelmed By Clutter

What is Preventing You From Getting Organized?

Also, check out a great post on decluttering over here from becomingminimalist.com. Joshua Becker has some great tips on decluttering and minimalism.

For further reading, check out the fly lady here. She has some great cleaning and decluttering ideas plus excellent organization tips to get you started.

I hope you have benefitted from my Complete Kitchen Deep Clean and Declutter series. Leave a comment below to subscribe to my daily declutter task email series.