Is Organizing a Chore or a Project?

I saw Jay Leno do a bit about the difference between men and women. He said the difference comes down to chores and projects. Women do chores and men do projects. Chores are tasks that need to be done on a regular basis (like laundry or washing dishes) in order to make life run smoothly – and women know this. Project are big tasks that are done once and then don’t need to be considered again for a long time (like planting a tree or fixing a leaking faucet)  – men are project doers. This is what Jay said, but of course in a much funnier way.

It got me thinking.

For some, organizing is a chore and some others, organizing is a project. Which are you?

The project people sometime become our clients.They wait until the space they want to get organized is overwhelming. It’s either piles on piles of paper with no system to get them organized or it’s years worth of stuff left in the garage, keeping the car in the driveway. This is an organizing project. It will take time, but certainly can be done. By getting the support of a professional, they are able to wade through the back log and find organization on the other end of the project.

For the people who see organizing as a chore, they organize as they go. They have systems set up to stay organized. They file paper as they go. They clean out their clothes closet with the seasons. They organize one minute at a time to maintain the order in their home. They are organized people.

But there are a lot of people in between the chore-folks and the project-folks. They could possibly be our clients as well. They are fairly organized. Sometimes, they just don’t like to do it. They are smart to know this about themselves. So they make an appointment with an organizer. They block out time to get it done. They have someone help them. Their chaos becomes order quickly, allowing them to live the life they want.

Which are you – a chore person or a project person? Or are you in between?


About Basic Organization

Basic Organization provides professional organizing services to busy families, business owners, down sizing seniors and the chronically disorganized. We can teach you the skills to get organized and live a more simplified life. By providing you with ideas, information, structure and solutions to help you regain control of your space, we can cure the chaos in you life!
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3 Responses to Is Organizing a Chore or a Project?

  1. Sorgadm says:

    Love this…great way to look at how people’s behavior affect their lives. I love organizing so I would say I am a chore person. My clients range from chore people who need help weekly or biweekly and project people who need projects completed every so often.

    • Sabrina –
      That’s what I love about being an organizer. Every client and every day is different. I am also a “chore” person, but I don’t really like the word chore. It’s too negative. It’s just part of every activity. When you finish a task, put items you used away, in their home. The only organizing projects I do for my self and family is when I want to make a big change, not just maintenance.

  2. Sabrina says:

    Understood. Maybe the word should be task-oriented person instead of chore? Organizing projects imply to me overhauling an area which is always a large project.

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