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Reader Question: I’m chronically disorganized, are my kids destined to be too?

posted by Sarah on March 9, 2012 | print article | e-mail to a friend
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  • Heidi Bonner

    What a great post! I especially liked the part about getting them invested in their own organization – I will definitely have to try that with my boys!

  • SarahButtonedUp

     @250ae33689bc2b48990cda98c2291fd9:disqus – thanks for the kind words! Enjoy seeing the organizational schemes your boys come up with – trust me, they will surprise you. Just resist the urge to “fix” anything to make it “right.” (super hard to do – just warning you!!).

  • Tara from AboutOne

    I worry about exactly the same thing, and I wanted to see what my results would be, so I hopped over and took the survey. It categorized my conscientiousness as “very low” – in the 16th percentile. Isn’t that interesting?

    I really like your explanation that it’s a hard wired thing rather than a failure of action. Unfortunately, it still means that I have to work harder at actually getting it done.

  • Sarah

    So interesting and thanks for sharing. Don’t despair at the extra work – it’s more about testing a few work arounds that DON’T make a lot more work for you but that keep you a step ahead of the chaos.

  • Fwmld

    I’m right there with you. Somewhere. Under all that paper, probably. It was such a relief a few years ago to learn that I’m not missing the part of my brain commonly referred to as “the sense God gave a goose,” but rather that, um, I have this trait…

    I’ll keep trying to work around it. But for now, love me or leave me.

  • SarahButtonedUp

     @TaraAboutOne:disqus – it is interesting. Perhaps you benefit, like I do, from working in the world of organization? 🙂

    The trick isn’t necessarily working harder (all the time) but figuring out how to put in place either fairly easy to implement workarounds or instill conscientious habits, slowly over time, so you gradually build up that muscle.

  • SarahButtonedUp

     @64ce5ca1cc7295272d95451bcf600500:disqus – we love you! Do you have any favorite work arounds?

  • Tara from AboutOne

    I hope I benefit! I do the computer end of things, not the actual organization. Trust me, no one wants to take organizational advice from me!

    I’ve come to realize that organization, like weight loss and the myriad of other struggles in my life, requires conscious daily choices and actions. There’s no quick fix, just a lot of hard work.

  • Nancy

    I loved the article! As a Professional Organizer myself, I’ve often wondered about this.  This was a very smart and comprehensive analysis of how we think about organization. I think your strategies are valuable, particularly having your children being accountable for their own organization.  I am a huge advocate. (especially now that I am an empty nester, I’m a real big shot on parenting skills, lol).  Here’s a bit more light-hearted blog I wrote on the very same topic.

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