"The Code Blue" - someone is coming to visit which requires an intense period of frantic organizing. You can employ this technique at home or in the workplace.
"The Satellite Mess" - if all else fails, rent an offsite storage facility and move all your mess there.
Mess is not really the issue; it's our ability to tolerate mess that's the problem. We all seem to have different tolerance thresholds and once we reach that threshold we then have to kick into gear and get organized. Figure out what works for you not what works for others and stop pressuring yourself to be super organized if that's not what you need!
Jane Veldhoven is a Certified Professional Organizer®, who owns Get Organized by Design and loves working with busy people to help them de-clutter, redesign, and redecorate their spaces, move to a new home, or renovate their existing home. For more information visit http://get-organized.ca/.