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Home Organizing Roadblocks: 6 Obstacles You Might Face and How to Beat Them

Updated: Mar 16

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Ah, the quest for organization—a journey filled with hurdles that rival an obstacle course!

Imagine yourself armed with labels and bins, ready to tackle your cluttered closet like a seasoned explorer embarking on a grand adventure. But just as you dive in, you hit a snag, facing a bunch of unexpected organizing hurdles that put a pause on your plans.

First, there's procrastination, that sly trickster whispering sweet promises of "tomorrow" while clutter piles up like a mountain. Then, there's indecision, turning simple choices into confusing mazes that seem impossible to navigate.

But wait! Emotional attachment enters the scene, clutching possessions tighter than a child with their favorite toy. Every item seems to hold a memory, making it difficult to let go and move forward.

And just when victory seems within reach, overwhelm crashes in like a tidal wave of obligations, threatening to sweep away your progress and leave you feeling defeated.

But fear not! With determination, a sprinkle of humor, and a touch of ingenuity, you can conquer these hurdles. So grab your donate bags and boxes and get ready to navigate clutter with confidence. After all, every obstacle overcome is a victory worth celebrating on your quest for a more organized and meaningful life!



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This is the word I hear 99.9% of the time when I speak to a client for the first time– it's like the universal feeling that people have about the clutter in their homes.

When someone looks around their home and just feels swamped by all the stuff staring back at them. It's that sinking feeling of not even knowing where to begin because everything seems like it's in chaos.

And honestly, who hasn't felt that way at some point, right?

So yeah, overwhelm? It's kind of our starting point.

3 Tips for Dealing With Overwhelm

  1. Create a plan: Develop a plan or strategy before diving into organizing. Decide what areas you want to tackle first, what items you want to keep, donate, or discard, and how you will organize the space.

  2. Seek support: Enlist the help of friends, family members, or an organizer to assist with organizing. Having someone to lend a hand can make the process more enjoyable and less overwhelming.

  3. Focus on one task at a time: Avoid multitasking and focus on completing one task before moving on to the next. Trying to do too much at once can lead to feeling overwhelmed and result in unfinished projects.


Lack of Time

In our crazy, busy lives, it's no wonder keeping our homes organized often feels like a never-ending battle. Between work deadlines, family obligations, trying to have a social life, and maybe squeezing in a little "me" time, who has a spare moment to tackle the clutter?

It's like we're all running on a hamster wheel, barely able to catch our breath, let alone find time to sort through our stuff. So, while we might have the best intentions to declutter and tidy up, it's just so easy for those tasks to slip to the bottom of our to-do lists.

3 Tips for Dealing with Lack of Time

  1. Schedule and Prioritize Decluttering: Treat decluttering sessions as appointments by scheduling them into your calendar. Even dedicating just 15-30 minutes a day can make a difference over time. Make decluttering a priority by recognizing its importance in creating a more organized and stress-free living environment. Allocate time for decluttering just as you would for other essential tasks.

  2. Involve the whole family: Turn decluttering into a family activity by assigning specific tasks to each family member. Not only does this distribute the workload, but it also fosters a sense of responsibility and teamwork.

  3. Seek support: Don't hesitate to ask for help from friends, family, or professional organizers. Sometimes having an extra set of hands or expert guidance can expedite the decluttering process and alleviate time constraints.



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Perfectionism often holds people back from organizing their homes because they're afraid of not doing it perfectly or getting overwhelmed by the details.

They may struggle to make decisions about what to keep and compare themselves to others, feeling embarrassed if their home doesn't look "perfect."

Letting go of perfectionism involves being kind to oneself, accepting imperfection, and focusing on progress rather than flawless outcomes.

3 Tips for Dealing with Perfectionism

  1. Focus on decluttering, not organizing: Emphasize the importance of decluttering first before worrying about perfect organization. Getting rid of excess items can make organizing much easier and less overwhelming.

  2. Remember that done is better than perfect: decluttering a space is better than never starting at all. Focus on taking action and making progress.

  3. Start small: Begin with small decluttering tasks or areas of your home to prevent feeling overwhelmed. Work on gradually building momentum.


Decision Fatigue

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Have you ever been exhausted just picking out your outfit for the day or figuring out what to eat for lunch or dinner? If this sounds like you, then you've probably experienced decision fatigue.

When we face too many choices in a short time, our ability to make thoughtful and intentional decisions can quickly go downhill. One of the best ways to ease decision fatigue is to declutter your home and eliminate too many choices.

3 Tips for Overcoming Decision Fatigue

  1. Prioritize decisions: Focus on making important decisions earlier in the day when your mental energy is highest.

  2. Time block decision-making: Designate specific times of the day for making decisions, allowing yourself to focus solely on those tasks during those dedicated periods.

  3. Take breaks: Schedule short breaks throughout the day to rest your mind and recharge, especially during intense decision-making periods.


Emotional Attachment

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Ah, the tangled web of emotional attachmentthe culprit behind many a cluttered closet and overflowing storage room! As you sift through your closet, you spot that worn-out sweater tucked away in the back. It triggers a flood of memories from your college years, and even though you haven't worn it in ages, you can't seem to let it go.

Each item that we own is endowed with a memory of who, what, when, where, and how we acquired the item. That can make it challenging to let go of things because we fear we'll lose the memory if we let go of the thing.

3 Tips for Overcoming Emotional Attachment

  1. Set a limit on how much to keep. Allow yourself to keep a few cherished mementos, but bid adieu to the excess with a firm "thank you, next! Choose the best of the best!

  2. Take photos. Capture memories without the clutter by snapping photos of sentimental items, preserving the sentiment while freeing up physical space.

  3. Share the stories of your things. Enlist the help of friends, family, or a pro organizer with great listening skills. Share your cherished memories and experiences to help you let go of objects.



Procrastination—the arch-nemesis of organization, lurking in the shadows and wreaking havoc on our tidy intentions.

Picture this: you've been eyeing that overflowing junk drawer for weeks, yet every time you go to tackle it, suddenly losing yourself in endless organizing videos on TikTok seems like a better use of your time. Sound familiar?

When we procrastinate, we're essentially playing a game of clutter roulette, allowing our piles of stuff to multiply like rabbits while we twiddle our thumbs and contemplate the meaning of life.

Not only does procrastination result in clutter reaching Everest-like heights, but it also transforms the simplest organizing tasks into Herculean feats. Deciding what to keep, toss, or organize becomes as daunting as choosing between a salad and a burger on cheat day.

And let's not forget the missed deadlines, the increased stress levels, and the nagging feeling that our living or working environment resembles a chaotic circus more than a sanctuary.

3 Tips for Dealing with Procrastination

  1. Break Tasks Down: Ah, let's slice and dice this organizing beast! Instead of tackling it like a giant monster, break it down into bite-sized nuggets of victory. Start with something small, like conquering a single drawer or showing a shelf who's boss. By chipping away at it piece by piece, you'll shrink that mountain of clutter into molehills, making it easier to conquer and giving you more wins to celebrate along the way!

  2. Set deadlines: It's deadline crunch time! Set a date for each organizing task to keep yourself on track. Whether it's a decluttering day or a weekly task quota, these deadlines will give you the push you need to get moving. Adjust as needed, but remember: time's ticking!

  3. Treat Yo' Self: Time to sweeten the deal and turn organizing into a party! Sprinkle some fun into your organizing routine with rewards! Indulge in your favorite snack or some guilt-free Netflix time after completing tasks. It's the perfect incentive to beat procrastination and get things done!


In my world as a professional organizer, I hear all the reasons and excuses why people haven't been able to tackle the clutter in their homes.

We all encounter roadblocks that get in the way of checking things off our to-do list. Understanding these obstacles is a giant step to overcoming procrastination and taking some action!

By acknowledging these challenges—whether they're as daunting as releasing guilt over letting go of an unwanted family heirloom or as persistent as your fear of not cleaning out the spare bedroom in time for a guest—we're already halfway to victory in the battle of getting organized.

Here's to overcoming our clutter roadblocks –

and transforming them into stepping stones on our journey to an organized and fulfilling life! Let's embrace the challenges, learn from them, and emerge stronger and more resilient than ever before. With each obstacle we conquer, we gain valuable insights, develop new strategies, and move closer to creating the peaceful and clutter-free space that we deserve.

So, let's raise a toast to perseverance, determination, and the unwavering belief that we have the power to conquer clutter and reclaim control over our surroundings.

Cheers to a clutter-free future filled with clarity, joy, and endless possibilities!


Janelle Azar - A Meaningful Space - Home Organizing - Metro Detroit

Thanks for following along on our journey as we declutter and organize!



& The A Meaningful Space Team



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