Are you a control freak?

Do you get teased for being organized?

Do you receive disapproval for needing a neat environment?

Do you feel that you are “wrong” to be this way?

Would you be surprised to learn that you are right to want to be organized and neat?

Being Neat Is Not The Same As Being A Control Freak

Being organized has acquired the perception that it is about being self conscious rather than being effective. It has come to mean uptightness and social ineptitude. It goes against our cherished cultural ideal of relaxed confidence and in doing so robs us of needed opportunities for growth.

Here are five reasons why being organized and neat can help you particularly if you are an HSP:

  1. being organized makes it easier to be focused.
  2. being organized helps you bring your best attention to what you are doing by clearing the space around you.
  3. being organized minimizes distractions from things and people which reduces stress and makes work easier.
  4. being organized helps you use your time well so that you can attend to the most important priorities in your day.
  5. being organized makes it possible for you to live your dreams by getting rid of all the problems you don’t have to have in favor of the ones you do have to have.

Being A Control Freak Helps Personal Growth?

Perhaps we have become too task oriented to perceive the larger implications of organization. I continually remind myself that cluttering up my life with problems that are unnecessary is a great way to not get to the “problems” of growing and creating that I really need. Having the problems I do not have to have is a great way to avoid putting myself out there and it does not feel very good.

For highly sensitive people, the problems of distraction and clutter are more acute. Highly sensitive people have a particular set of issues which show up in physical, emotional, mental and spiritual ways that require mindful attention.

HSPs experience a higher level of intensity which requires different life  and work strategies:

  • every aspect of life for highly sensitive people demands more of them and as a result, HSPs need to be careful about what they give their attention to.
  • because of the HSP tendency to sensory overstimulation, they need to manage their lives to minimize stress.  All aspects of life: work, social, family, and management of daily life require careful consideration.
  • in a culture where people are expected to put up with significant amounts of stress, which is often perceived as “normal”, HSPs may be treated with disrespect and be perceived as weak because of their need to minimize stress in their lives.
  • simple ways of living to minimize complexity including simple diets can help HSPs. Simple living can be life saving and freeing for a highly sensitive person.
  • herbal remedies and health practices like meditation can help to minimize the chance of disease and illness which plague many highly sensitive people from unavoidable sensory overload.

Highly sensitive people are often creative and have the potential to achieve great things. Many are geniuses with special talents. By getting a handle on their daily lives, physical problems and stress issues, they have a chance to have the wonderful “problem” of developing their considerable gifts.

Being organized in a way that suits the highly sensitive person may be called control freak by others. However, it offers highly sensitive people the potential to blossom into the person they were meant to be.  Having the problems you don’t have to have helps you have the problems (of growth) that you do have to have,

For More Information:

Why The Skill Of Focusing Is Important For HSP’s

Overstimulation: How Subtle Energy Overwhelms HSP’s

About Maria Hill

Maria Hill is the founder of Sensitive Evolution. She is the author of The Emerging Sensitive: A Guide For Finding Your Place In The World. In addition, she has created the immersive Emerging Sensitive Program of "sensory processing yoga" using frameworks to help sensitive people master their sensitivity and turn it into the asset it can be. She also offers the Emerging Sensitive Movie Club focused on movies and discussions about living in the world as a sensitive person and navigating the challenging cultural shifts of our times. She is a longtime meditator, reiki master, student of alternative health and Ayurveda. Maria is also an abstract painter whose portfolio can be found at Infinite Shape and also very interested in animal and human rights and the environment.