I recently read The Other Side of Organized by Linda Samuels, CPO-CD. In the book she states that people change when they are ready. Readiness for change is what prompts people to call a professional organizer.
Linda indentifies five phases in the change process.
Phase 1. Initial Rumblings. When you sense that what you are doing is not working for you. Take time to make these observations and clearly identify what’s bothering you.
Phase 2. Identifying Possibilities. When you start considering your options. Identify one issue at a time and consider the possibilities.
Phase 3. Reaching Out. People are usually overwhelmed and unsure about how to get started. By reaching out to a professional, you have the greatest chances of success.
Phase 4. Beyond Talking. This is where your determination to change shows up. Linda cautions that you may stay in phase 4 for some time and experience high and lows during the process.
Phase 5. Life Jolts. Negative and positive life changes affect the organizing process. In phase 5 you are able to cope with these changes and get back on track more easily.