The Window of Organizing Opportunity

Have you ever observed that there are times when you are able to sort through your stuff, get rid of what you don’t want and put what you want to keep in an appropriate place without much angst? Then there are times when you can’t get going no matter what you try to do.

I call this phenomenon the Window of Organizing Opportunity. When the window is open, organizing is possible. When it is closed, stashing things out of sight is the best you can do.

This observable truth is why it is so important to go for it when the window is open. That little voice saying, “I can do this later,” can convince you that you can get organized whenever you want. It convinces you that the window of opportunity is always open. It whispers, “Don’t worry! You will be able to get it together in the future.”

This is a lie. Life does not work that way. Things happen that make it impossible to focus on the organizing process. Sometimes those things go on for a long time. Illnesses, deaths, professional obligations, family obligations, sports activities and just day-to-day living eat up our time and energy.

We stuff and stash and toss and try–and just manage to keep our heads above water. We promise ourselves we’ll get a handle on it all very soon, and yet soon never seems to come.The window is closed.

Then comes a time when the way is clear. You still don’t want to tackle that garage, attic or office, but you could if you wanted to. The window is now open!

I implore you to put aside those feelings of revulsion and procrastination and get out there and get the job done. Push yourself as if this is really important. Work as if your time was limited. (It is.) Do a thorough job because it will have to be what you live with for a while, possibly a long while.

Apply yourself when that window of opportunity is open, and you will be amazed at how smoothly things will go afterwards. You will find yourself grateful for the ease of movement you have once your stuff and space are organized.

If that window is open in your life, read no further. Get busy!

If the window is closed, carry on. Keep your eyes open so when the next opportunity comes along, you can take advantage of it as never before.

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Florence Feldman

Florence Feldman has lived through a lot of different situations, from finding herself an overwhelmed single mom at 28 to caregiving for her mother with dementia for 6 years to surviving cancer. Florence learned to organize to survive. Along the way, she became a professional organizing consultant, and for more than 30 years has been helping others get unstuck and find freedom. At the ripe young age of 68, she produced an award-winning documentary that has offered encouragement to hundreds of caregivers. Florence has also been speaking for most of her adult life, delighting audiences by dealing with deep and sensitive topics with humor and candor.

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