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Get happier: commit 5 acts of random organizational kindness

posted by Sarah on February 6, 2012 | print article | e-mail to a friend
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  • Andrea

    Love this Map out a plan form…It has helped me in so many ways. Procrastination was my worst enemy but now I know if I sleep in nothing gets done, so having my “to do list” is really inspiring me to get up early ea. morning. Thank you!

  • SarahButtonedUp

     Glad you love it Andrea!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=516011724 Ally Stuart

    Can’t wait to use the goal sheet! It will definitely help me stay organized with school! Thanks!

  • http://aboutone.com/ Tara from AboutOne

    I was skeptical when I first started reading, but this is a great list! If I could convince my girlfriends to accept a little help (and accept theirs in return), all of our lives would be a little better.
    Just one question, though. Where is the link to the closet video? I was going to check that one out for myself. 🙂

  • SarahButtonedUp

     Glad you like it Ally! 🙂

  • SarahButtonedUp

    Thanks Tara. I fixed the link – thanks for the catch.

  • Pamela J Hilton

    Dear Sarah,

    Please recommend to your readers to be mindful of whom they are doing these random acts of organizational kindness. I tried this with my mother who has had a mild hoarding disorder for years and it was the worst act I could do. It added stress, anxiety, paranoia, and many other negative effects afterwards. she will NEVER let anyone do this again. I am afraid it will be after her demise that her children will have to deal with that issue.

    Your suggestions are invasive and judgmental. I agree an organized environment is appreciated by most of us. I am a retired educational professional who had to write professional reviews of educators based on their organizational status of classrooms and offices. BUT you must realize there is a filter that you forgot to mention to our readers to see the acts from the other person’s point of view IF it would be considered helpful. your idea to “incorporate the element of surprise” in the first idea of organizing someone’s closet is mortifying to probably 99 percent of us.

    The negative word you use like “detoxify” is another issue for your editor. That means there is a chemical or biohazard agent in the car. I would definitely use another word to explain what the act of ‘kindness’ is about in your second suggestion.

    I hope my suggestions are not unkind.

    Your friend in kindness, Pamela Hilton
    Sent from my iPad

  • SarahButtonedUp

     Pamela,

    Thanks very much for taking the time to send me your feedback on this article. I am so sorry that you had a bad experience while trying to offer help to your mother.

    A critical component of committing any act of kindness is selflessness; in other words, thinking not about what YOU think the other person needs, but doing something that would truly be perceived as an act of kindness by them. For someone with a hoarding problem, that would NOT be cleaning out their home, but it might be running an errand for them.

    The spirit of this was to provide ideas that could make someone’s day. Perhaps I am in the minority, but I would literally kiss my husband or a good friend who offered to lend a hand tackling my closet (if it needed it). I would argue that the simple act of asking someone the question, “how could I help you organize something?” starts a dialogue that would lift up most people.

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