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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Organizing According to Your Right- or Left-Brain Dominance

The following is an excerpt from an article that Vali G. Heist, professional organizer, wrote for the Reading Eagle. It's about how being right-brained or left-brained affects how we organize.

Organizing for the Creative Person: Right-Brain Styles for Conquering Clutter, Mastering Time, and Reaching Your Goals"Knowing your brain dominance can be the key to understanding why organizing comes easy or is a challenge for you. How you approach organizing your home, your time and your life is determined by which side of your brain you favor. Organizing for the Creative Person by Dorothy Lehmkuhl and Dolores Cotter Lamping explains right-brain styles for conquering clutter in your home, and it can be a great reference tool for left-brain types as well.

If you are left-brain dominant, an organized home is essential; there is a place for everything and everything is in its place. If things get messy you don't get overwhelmed; you just break it down into smaller parts and clean it up because dealing in detail is not a problem for you. In fact, you enjoy the tasks associated with organizing because they make sense and you simply focus on one task at a time. Finally, you easily discard something that isn't being used and tend not to be emotional about your stuff.

Right-brain dominant people are creative, focus on the big-picture and actually have a need for clutter. If you are right-brain dominant, neatness is too sterile and causes you discomfort. You like to make little nests so you can surround yourself with stuff even though it may look messy to someone else. You tend to be emotional about your stuff, and you find it difficult to let go of your belongings. You usually know where everything is, but when you can't find your keys or bills get paid late, that's when you feel a need to change your surroundings.

Even though people use both sides of their brains simultaneously, they naturally depend on one hemisphere of their brains more than the other because they prefer to live, act, think, and organize a certain way. However, it is important to recognize the benefits of all of your brain's capabilities in order to become a balanced thinker. To find out which side of the brain you favor, take a quick assessment offered by The Art Institute of Vancouver.

Knowing which side of the brain you favor can open up a whole new world of possibilities of how to structure and organize your home and your life. That knowledge helps you to recognize what is comfortable for you and what is not when you organize your home or your time, and why some tasks are easy and others are a struggle. Finally, you can start to forgive yourself (and your loved ones!) because you understand why you do what you do.

Finally, if you are right-brain, organizing may not come naturally for you, but that doesn't mean it is impossible."

More on organizing according to personality:

How Personality Style Affects Organizing - Introversion/Extraversion

How Personality Style Affects Organizing - Sensing/Intuition

How Personality Style Affects Organizing - Thinking/Feeling