Organizing- an orderly disorder?

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I have issues. Organizing is one. Or is it? The letters OCD are thrown around and dropped in conversations so regularly these days that it makes one wonder if any habit is a hangup. However, if my love for organization is a problem, it’s my favorite one.

When things in life are difficult and chaotic, I do have the tendency to start going thru my things and tossing stuff. And the worse life seems, the more I do this. Freud would be all over it, but I think I’d rather this than any destructive coping skill.

Interestingly, those that I work with who are chronically disorganized see my organizing as being functional and their habits as dysfunctional. They worry and ask me if there’s is the worst I’ve ever seen. When trying to schedule and mention that I can’t book on such and such a day because of have another job I’m working on, I get timid comments like, “I bet theirs is no where near as bad as mine.” I look at them with empathy.

See, although I know my organizing is tied to my mental state, it’s tempered and and at this point it’s not anything I’d like to get rid of or feel like I need help for. However, as I mention to many a client, we all have hangups. Mine are different, but I seek out help for them just the same. Let me help you with yours. We are all in this thing called life together.

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