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Chronic & Situational Disorganization

What defines chronic disorganization?


Chronic disorganization is disorganization that has been present for a long time indicating a chronic condition.


The disorganization significantly impacts life on a daily basis, affecting the quality of life.


There is a history of failed self-help attempts (such as: buying books on organization and not finishing them or being able to apply the information, doing a clean-out only to have the clutter come back, buying containers and organization products that just become part of the clutter), leading to discouragement.


There is a future expectation of continued disorganization, often resulting in lack of hope.


The causes of chronic disorganization may include brain-based challenges such as ADHD, Executive Function Deficits, Anxiety, Depression, Hoarding Disorder, PTSD, TBI, and more.


Chronic disorganization is different from situational disorganization. 


In situational disorganization, there is usually a life event that caused the person to accumulate clutter and/or become disorganized.  With situational disorganization, a person can remember a time when they were organized.  For example, “I remember, before I took on the new position at work, I was so on top of everything else happening in my life and my house didn’t have all these boxes stacked up, full of stuff.”  With chronic disorganization, a person can’t recall a time that they didn’t have a lot of clutter and disorganization in their life.  

If you think you might be experiencing chronic or situational disorganization, Professional organizing, ADHD coaching, and structural life coaching can help.  Schedule a free, 20-minute consultation with me today.

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