Ten Signs You Have Gone Overboard Organizing, By Karen Leland

Karen Leland
Karen Leland

I recently went through a phase of compulsive cleaning that prompted a friend to pronounce “you’re cleaning out your closets again?” In my deep desire to simplify, I may have occasionally gone overboard on the organizing thing.

So my declaration for what little time is left of summer is to spend less time sorting and more time being with family and friends, reading and lying out in sun. Don’t laugh you may be a member of this club and not even know it. Here are ten signs you have gone overboard being organized.

1. You wake up at 4:00 am stressing over the state of your sock drawer

2. You sneak off to the Container Store but tell your family your going to the market

3. You think spring-cleaning deserves to be declared a bank holiday

4. Cleaning up after a dinner party includes re-organizing your Tupperware

5. Helping clean up after a dinner party where you are a guest includes re-organizing the host’s Tupperware

6. Friends laugh out loud when you declare, “my house is such a mess!”

7. Your husband suggests that you start a local chapter of PCA (Plastic Containers Anonymous)

8. You seriously ponder the merits of acrylic drawer holders over plastic white ones

9. Although you try not to judge, you think a messy pencil cup is a sign of a life in trouble

10. You can actually find your car keys when you go to look for them

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Karen Leland is the bestselling author of six books including Time Management In An Instant: 60 Ways to Make the Most of Your Day.  She is the co-founder of Sterling Consulting Group, which helps organizations and individuals learn how to fight distraction and find their focus in a wired world. For more information please contact: kleland@scgtraining.com



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