Tuesday, November 29, 2016

On nurturing the notion.........

     To hear of the delicacy with which these clients must be approached, you might imagine they are cloistered sufferers of disfigurement, exotic neurological tics, or tawdry, addictive passions.  But actually they're just messy or at least believe themselves so.  Waddill is a professional organizer, here in San Diego to address the annual conference of the National Association of Professional Organizers, or NAPO.
     An entire industry of sorts has sprung up, quickly picking up steam over the past decade, to nurture the notion that if only we were more organized with our possessions, time, and resources, we could be more content and successful, and our companies and institutions could be more effective.  Take into account the hundreds of books, the vast array of home - and office - organizing aids, the classes and seminars, the software, the television shows, the magazines, and the organizational consultants that all purvey some variation on the theme of straightening up, rearranging, acquiring highly effective habits, planning your day/week/life, restructuring organizations, and rigidly standardizing processes, and it's easy to see that neatness and order have become a multibillion-dollar business.

-Eric Abrahamson and David H. Freedman,  A Perfect Mess:  The Hidden Benefits Of Disorder:  How crammed closets, cluttered offices, and on-the-fly planning make the world a better place

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