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How to Eliminate Overwhelm in Organizing

how to eliminate overwhelm in organizing

How to Eliminate Overwhelm in Organizing

how to eliminate overwhelm in organizingHave you ever started an organizing project with a ton of enthusiasm only to get part way through and be completely overwhelmed at what you’ve started? Overwhelm is one of the most common feelings people experience when they think about organizing or start an organizing project on their own. In fact, feeling overwhelmed can prevent you from even thinking about organizing because just the thought of knowing where to start can be too much. Today, we’re going to explore how to eliminate overwhelm in organizing.

It’s OK to Stop

It’s not a failure to stop what you’re doing and regroup. Often, we don’t know just how large an organizing project will be until we’re in the middle of it. If you’re trying to do it on your own and it’s too much, you can eliminate overwhelm in organizing by giving yourself permission to 1) be imperfect and 2) to stop and regroup.


For some people, feeling overwhelmed can lead to anxiety and panic attacks. It can be debilitating. Whether your reaction is one that nearly causes you to pass out or just makes your stress level uncomfortably high, the first thing to do is breathe. Breathing deeply, slowly, and mindfully has a measurable physiological impact on our bodies, slowing our heart rates and helping us feel calmer.

Organize Your Thoughts Before Organizing Your Home

To keep your organizing projects from becoming too overwhelming, start with envisioning what you’d like to see happen. Is it having a place for everything so that when the kids come home from school, they can put backpacks away and have a quiet place to do homework? Is it finding a place for everything on your dining room table so that you can eat dinner as a family? Maybe you’ve tried to start an organizing project and had to stop. Or you want to organize but don’t know where to start. A good place to begin is with recognizing what you’d like as an outcome.

Start with Small Projects

Something as simple as cleaning out a drawer or cupboard can give you a sense of accomplishment and confidence to tackle the next project. It’s ok if each project you do is small and attainable in less than a few hours. You don’t have to organize the whole house or a whole room to have an impact. Start with the laundry on the chair that needs hung up and placed in drawers. Or start with the pile of clothes you’ve had in the corner that needs to go to the donation center. Pick one small thing that doesn’t overwhelm you, and make it happen.

Ask for Help

There is no shame in needing help. You might enlist your family, a close friend, or call in a professional organizer.  A helper will help you work through not just the physical effort of organizing but the emotional and mentally draining decision-making that comes with organizing your home. It’s never a bad thing to get help.

At Organizing Maniacs, we help you sort through your stuff. We help you through the decision-making process. We help you organize what is going to stay and we help you get rid of the unwanted items. Organizing Maniacs is dedicated to helping you break down organizing goals into smaller, manageable parts. We have specialized experience working with people challenged by brain-based conditions like ADD, ADHD, OCD and Hoarding.

If you’re ready to eliminate overwhelm in organizing, give us a call.

Cris Sgrott

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