Do you struggle with organizing your home because you want your home to look perfect? Do you feel like you will not do a good enough job when organizing your home?
Often my clients say they don’t know where to start and they feel overwhelmed, and that is very true, but sometimes what is holding them back from getting started is perfectionism. They have high standards. They love Pinterest and Instagram for the beautiful pictures of organized homes, but feel like they will never be able to achieve that look for their own home. This may be true because many people need the help and guidance of a professional organizer and possible designer, but that is ok. It is ok to reach out for help.
When our standards are too high, we often feel discouraged. We feel like a failure. We are not happy, even when there have been major positive changes in regards to our homes getting organized. We feel like what we have accomplished is not enough.
Your home doesn’t have to be perfect, gosh mine isn’t, but instead it can be neat and tidy, functional and a relaxing environment for you to live in. I am far from perfect, and chances are you are not perfect either, and that is okay.
Features of Perfectionism
1. Never satisfied with completed work
2. Unrealistic goals and standards
3. Highly self-critical
4. Self-worth linked to success
5. High level of worry and anxiety
Follow these tips and you will become less of a perfectionist and happier with yourself and your work.
1. Tell yourself “it doesn’t have to be perfect”
2. Lower your expectations. Try not to set your goals too high
3. Celebrate the progress you have made and not perfection
4. Learn what should be perfect and what doesn’t have to be (Ex. If you take your car in to get the breaks repaired, they should be done perfect so that there is no chance of having a car accident. However, when asking your 6 year old child to fold his/her laundry, it doesn’t have to be perfect.)
Is there anything you struggle with because you don’t think you will do a good job? If so, leave a comment below. I would love to help you so you can succeed in accomplishing your goals.
Until next time,
If you struggle with getting organized, and would like some help, please contact Kathy for a free half hour consultation where you can discuss your goals and what is holding you back.
Kathy McEwan is a professional organizer and productivity expert. Kathy and her team have helped 100’s of clients get organized with in-person organizing or via coaching calls. Let Kathy help you!