Organizing can be a lonely, isolated job. Working by yourself, you may not be motivated, make decisions or even get started. Many times my clients voice that they just don’t work well alone. I love the idea of a clutter buddy or paper partner because organizing happens this way! A clutter buddy is a trusted, non – judgmental buddy who is there while you are organizing your stuff. A paper partner does this job while sifting through the paper piles. These are people who offer no opinion but may offer options, who do not cloud your decision but help you reflect, and who are there to help you focus on the task at hand.
Finding a partner is the antidote to procrastination. First identify what is getting you stuck. Is it being overwhelmed and need someone to externally process with? Is it a skill set and you need someone who thoroughly knows this skill? Is it an enthusiastic affirmer who keeps you on task? It is powerful to know what you need and find the partner that helps you power through the rough spots!
Partnering can take many different forms. One way is to use your cell phone to chat with a friend while doing a task. Whether it is sorting paper or emptying the dishwasher, this can get the task accomplished. Another way is being together in a new space. Coming together for coffee, both partners might bring their paperwork to simultaneously write bills. Organizing can get done and then it is sharing what organizing jobs you accomplished each day or week.
What are your creative ways to partner? Who is your clutter buddy?