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What is Chronic Disorganization?

Chronic Disorganization is having a past history of disorganization in which self-help efforts to change have failed. You may feel an undermining of your current quality of life due to disorganization and an expectation to remain that way.

What's most important for you to know is you're not alone. We've all had times in our lives when we have suffered from an illness or other event that has put us behind with our organization.  No matter what your circumstances are, we're here to lend a helping hand and support you on your journey of success.

Am I Chronically Disorganized?

  • Do you feel like your quality of life has diminshed?
  • Are you feeling overwhelmed in your surroundings?
  • Have you gotten behind on your daily tasks?
  • Do you feel like you are drowning in clutter and the situation is only getting worse?

If you answered "yes" to those questions, you might be more than simply disorganized; you might be chronically disorganized.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which is a chronic neurobiological disorder that is characterized by degrees of impulsivity, hyperactivity and inattention.

Depression causes people to have an extremely hard time being motivated to organize or stay organized. They are tired and feel hopeless and helpless. It takes all their energy just to wake up in the morning, let alone stay organized.

TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)  can also cause someone to become chronically unorganized. You could have experienced something as minor as a mild concussion or as serious as major brain trauma.

Chronic Pain can also be a culprit of chronic disorganization. When it hurts to complete daily tasks that can get in the way of being productive.  

Other conditions, stressors or traumatic events in your life or surroundings can also cause disorganization. While the above conditions are leading causes, it doesn’t mean that you have to have any of those diagnoses to be chronically disorganized.

  • Do you feel like you are drowning in clutter, surrounded by piles of newspapers, catalogs, paperwork, clothing, bags of items you have bought but have not put away, and the situation is only getting worse?
  • Have you been disorganized for as long as you can remember?
  • Have you tried many different systems, continually changing them because you are not satisfied?
  • Are you constantly late for appointments?
  • Do you run from one calamity to another?
  • Do you have many projects going on at once and nothing has been completed?
  • Do you feel guilty and/or angry about often working late and missing out on being with family or friends?
  • Do you panic at the thought of having anyone over?
  • Are you living in C.H.A.O.S. (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome)?
  • Are your children ashamed to ask their friends to come over to visit?
  • Do you long for organization, but it seems like a far away dream?
  • Do you own it ten times over, but can’t find it when you need it?

First, don’t be afraid to ask for help or support. It can feel like a daunting task when you go it alone. Having a friend, family member or counselor can be wonderful for support. A professional organizer with the right credentials will help provide a clear path, motivation and provide solutions based on your needs. 

The Institute for Challenging Disorganization recommends these six steps to overcome chronic disorganization.

We can help you put these recommended steps into action –

  1. Start now.
  2. Put your goals in writing and prioritize them.
  3. Translate them into a plan and a schedule.
  4. Break tasks into small pieces.
  5. Keep in mind that what is delayed often is forgotten.
  6. Strive for good enough, not perfection.

The Institute for Challenging Disorganization recommends working with a professional organizer who is knowledgeable and experienced in chronic disorganization issues. 

Our founder Randi Lyman holds multiple certifications specializing in Chronic Disorganization. She’s dedicated herself to helping people overcome all types of organizing challenges for over two decades. 

You can find out more about Randi and her extensive list of training and certifications on our About Us Page.

No. However chronic disorganization can be a symptom of hoardingAnother main hoarding symptom is having a hard time letting go of possessions due to an attachment or belief. This results in an abundance of accumlated items that can cause one’s environment to become unhealthy and hazardous. Symptoms can be developed after experiencing a major lifechanging event that affects coping abilities as well as genetic disposition.

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How You'll Find Relief Working With Us

We Care

We believe in building relationships with our clients. We'll go the extra mile and keep our promises.

We'll provide support to you by:

  • Serving you with 100% full confidentiality without judgement.
  • Being compassionate and respectful to you, your belongings and your home.
  • Being 100% committed to your personal well-being.



We Are Experts

We've spent decades dedicating ourselves to ongoing training and certification to provide successful results for our clients.

Our expertise provides you with:

  • Peace of mind knowing you're in the hands of a qualified professional with a proven track record of success.
  • Specialized knowledge with hands-on experience to manage your project effectively and successfully.
  • Access to resources through our professional associations.

We'll Save You Time

Our 20 years of experience provides you with access to time-tested methods that will simplify your life. 

We'll put that to work for you by:

  • Providing you with an effective plan based your goals and timeline.
  • Discussing realistic goals that will transform your life over time, creating long-term success.
  • Guiding you through the process, coaching you along the way and providing ongoing support.


Success Stories

We've had the honor to help many people for over twenty years helping others overcome all types of organizing challenges

We hope hearing their stories will inspire you to take that first step and get started on your own journey of success!

What are you waiting for?

Wende Y.

I was involved in a massive car accident involving an 18-wheeler. I suffered head trauma and my life was forever changed. I worked with Randi for several months and she became an important part of my life and recovery. I still use the mental tools she imparted me with. I HIGHLY recommend Randi. She is full of positive energy and will keep you on track to getting your life together. Thank you Randi for everything you’ve done. You are a Godsend!

 Christine M.

Randi is an invaluable resource. She helped me declutter some major home "stress centers" that I'd been avoiding for months, even years. She is funny, incredibly easy to work with and completely non-judgmental - with a positivity that is contagious! I am better able to make quick decisions, and I am seeing the house more in terms of possibilities vs. obstacles. Highly recommend her life-changing services!

Tom W.

 Organizing requires decisions to be made at a rapid pace and it seems Randi makes the right call every single time. Not only is she the consummate professional, but she's a very fun person to be around! If you're looking for an organizer, look no further. This is a professional operation with unmatched credentials and experience. Do yourself a favor and give A Helping Hand a call!


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Get in touch with us today and we'll help relieve any overwhelming feelings and get you started on the right path to simplify your life!