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Top 7 Reasons for Office Disorganization

Based on my personal experience of helping clients organize their offices, and insight from organizing guru Julie Morgenstern in her book Organizing from the Inside Out, I believe the following are the Top 7 Reasons for Office Disorganization: 

  1. Items Have No Home If items are piled all over, it is likely that you have never designated a particular spot for them. Every item needs one consistent home, so when you are done using it, you know where to put it
  2. Inconvenient Storage You do not put things away because clean up is too much of an ordeal.  You may be storing items too far away from where you actual use them.  If it is too hard to put something away, you simply will not do it
  3. Unclear Goals and Priorities Organizing is about defining what is important to you and setting up a system to reflect those goals or priorities.  If your goals are unclear or you have too many goals, it will be very hard to set up a workable office
  4. Dislike the Space You find your office so loud or so quiet, so dreary or lonely that you dislike being there.  It is hard to organize the space when you have such ambivalent feelings about being there
  5. Indecisiveness You experience difficulty making decisions, often times about what to keep and what to discard.  You have a fear of making a mistake or a wrong decision; you feel anxious and worried.  This can often relate to the fear of losing information
  6. Out of Sight, Out of Mind People leave things out as visual reminders of what they have to do (e.g., pay bills).  This is okay if there were only a few items, but once the volume builds, everything blends
  7. In Transition Every time we go through a major change, we experience a breakdown in our organizational systems.  Transitions include moving, marriage, new baby, starting school, graduating from school, retirement, illness or death, job search, business merger, business growth spurt, career change, etc. 

posted on: 3/10/2008 8:30:00 AM by Heather Cocozza
category: Business

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Heather Cocozza, PMP, CPO® is a Professional Organizer who organizes and designs tailored home and office solutions. She is on the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO)-WDC Board of Directors 2009-2010 and is the owner of Cocozza Organizing & Design, LLC. Prior to her organizing career, Heather Cocozza worked 13 years at IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers as an ERP Project Manager and at times traveled extensively while her "virtual" twins were between the ages of 0 to 3.

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