Chronic Disorganization

If you have been disorganized for a long time, your quality of life is impacted, even though you have tried to get organized, and your future looks bleak you are likely chronically disorganized. We are here to help you understand and get support so that you can have a more balanced life.

What is Chronic Disorganization?

The term chronic disorganization (CD) was first used in the early 1990’s. It is a condition where a person spends their life in a constant state of disorganization. The concept of being organized makes sense to them but they don’t know how to start or stay organized.


CD is not the same as regular disorganization. Regular disorganization is usually short-term and situational. Regular disorganization could happen because of job change, move, death of a loved one, or change in life status and occurs for a limited period.


With CD people are disorganized for long periods of time and can’t seem to find a system that works for them. A person with CD is challenged daily with disorganization impacting their life.

Signs of Chronic Disorganization

If you have CD, you will commonly get distracted by tasks and projects, have multiple unfinished projects, be late for meetings and appointments, have a wide range of activities, and are usually emotional and talkative.


People who suffer from CD display Three Common Elements:

1. They experience persistent disorganization over a long period of time.

2. Their disorganization undermines their quality of life.

3. They have a history of failed self-help attempts.

If you suspect you may have CD ask yourself the following questions:


  • Do you accumulate material items, documents, papers, and other possessions?

  • Do you struggle with letting go of things?

  • Do you have clutter throughout your home or office?

  • Do you get concerned at the thought of people visiting your home?

  • Do you have struggle with time management?

  • Do you feel like you are in a constant state of disorder?

  • Do you get distracted easily?

  • Do you feel overwhelmed when you think about the clutter in your life?

  • Do you have a list of incomplete projects?

  • Do you have a list of incomplete projects?

If you answered yes to these questions you likely have CD.

Risks of Chronic Disorganization

CD can happen to anyone but is more common in people with conditions including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), attention deficit disorder (ADD), chronic pain, anxiety, depression, PTSD and traumatic brain injuries.


Chronic Disorganization Specialist for People with ADHD and ADD

Because ADHD and ADD cause constant rushing of the mind it makes it more difficult to organize. People with these conditions often procrastinate and continue to put off organizing. They are often overwhelmed by the amount of effort it takes to organize and therefore don’t do it. Organization provides a way to manage both work and home.

Chronic Disorganization Specialist for People with Chronic Pain

People who suffer from chronic pain often struggle with disorganization because the effort needed to tackle projects can be physically overwhelming and painful. Conditions such as fatigue, arthritis, and fibromyalgia are commonly linked to CD.

Chronic Disorganization Specialist for People with Anxiety and Depression

Those who suffer with conditions such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, and brain injuries find it difficult to motivate themselves to organize. Emotional baggage often spills over into the physical spaces people inhabit.

What is the Difference Between Chronic Disorganization and Hoarding?

Hoarding is the extreme end of CD but there are differences between the two conditions. Chronic disorganization solutions are quality-of-life issues, while hoarding is a medical disorder. People who struggle with CD can often find success by working with professional organizers and the support of family and friends.


Hoarders have strong attachments to their possessions and experience extreme distress at the thought of getting rid of items. Hoarders typically require mental or therapeutic intervention. Many don’t see their hoarding as a problem which makes it more difficult to treat.

Chronic Disorganization Solutions

The key to overcoming CD is finding a system that works best for you. People that are specifically trained to deal with CD are called chronic disorganization professional organizer. They are certified by the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. A certified CD organizer are trained in research based, cutting edge techniques that provide a holistic perspective to treating CD.


During the process it is important to find someone that understands that different people need to organize in various ways. To that end, our team uses an integrative approach, where we began to understand that our role is not only to organize your stuff but how organizing your stuff will benefit other areas in your life, we call this SHiFT™.


Our team will work with you to find the system that is most comfortable for your situation. This will ensure better success and the ability to maintain an organized home and life.


Chronic disorganization professional organizer can provide you with the support and strategies you’ll need to live in a space that’s functional and supports your specific lifestyle. Our team of professional organizers will be there through every step to help you for comfortable with the process and outcome.

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As a Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization® (CPO-CD®), I am uniquely qualified with the knowledge and experience to help you with chronic disorganization, hoarding disorder, aging, or ADHD issues.