Change vs. Transition

Posted by Janice Russell onMarch26,2007

So you spent some time this past weekend decluttering and organizing, but you wonder how long it will last. You are in good company. Many people are able to get organized; it's the "staying organized" that is harder. Many factors contribute to this dichotomy. One such factor is understanding change versus transition. William Bridges writes,

Change is situational.... Transition is the psychological process people go through to come to terms with the new situation. Change is external, transition is internal.

Applying this to your space: you have changed the physical space by decluttering and organizing, but internally have you made decisions to always put items back where they belong or to process papers each day so they don't pile up? Again, it isn't as simple as making a couple of decisions, but this will help you to form new habits to maintain your new organization. For additional information about other internal factors regarding clutter, please visit our resource page regarding the emotional and psychological aspects of organizing.