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Why Getting Organized Can Be Hard (& Options for Moving Forward)

In about two months, we’ll be celebrating 10 years of helping people declutter and get organized. It’s hard to believe it’s been (almost) a decade already!

One of the things I’ve learned over time is that what can make getting organized difficult is that some people are simply too comfortable. They value comfort over everything else.

Sure, it’s uncomfortable to live with clutter. But it can be more uncomfortable to sort through the piles, setup systems, and consistently put stuff away!

A person who values comfort over everything else is likely to do what’s more comfortable – continue living with clutter.

There’s nothing “wrong” with valuing comfort over all else, there’s just little progress when we hang out in our comfort zone for too long.

As a person who values comfort myself (though it’s not #1), these people are actually short-changing themselves!

What isn’t always obvious is, if a person can get past the discomfort of decluttering (which is temporary), there is actually more comfort to be had on the other side – a more organized home!

A neat home where you can find what you need (when you need it!) will always be much more comfortable than the daily discomfort of a house filled with lost items that are hard to access.

If you value comfort over everything else, you have two choices:

1) Continue with the daily discomfort of clutter with the short-term comfort of avoiding the inevitable, or

2) Decide to be uncomfortable (temporarily) while decluttering so you can have the long-term comfort of an organized home.

Seems like a no-brainer to me. #2 brings much, much, much more comfort in the end! And peace, calm, relief, etc..

Comfort zones are comfortable. They’re safe, secure, and predictable. But we must go beyond them if we want to make progress.

If you value comfort but want to declutter so you can have even more comfort, start by asking yourself these 5 questions.

When we can get comfortable being uncomfortable, we discover how beautiful life can be!


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    Alejandra Costello
  • About Alejandra

    Over the past 10 years, organizing expert & certified life coach, Alejandra Costello has taught thousands of students in 132 countries how to get organized through her video-based training programs. Her YouTube videos have been viewed 90+ million times. Named 1 of the 5 most organized people in America by HGTV and "The Decluttering Queen" by Good Morning America, Alejandra's expertise has been featured in The New York Times, Oprah.com, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Woman's Day, Parents Magazine, and CBS. You can read more about Alejandra here.


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