Once people hear I am a professional organizer, they typically respond with, “Your house must be perfectly organized!” I have a confession to make… my house is NOT perfectly organized. I’m human and have two boys and a wonderful husband. As a result, my house does not stay perfectly organized. Don’t get me wrong. I really love order and having everything in its place, but perfection is not feasible unless you have nothing better to do with your time.
I share this with you because I want to stress that organized perfection is never the goal. The goal in becoming more organized is to create more time and space for what you value most in life. When items are in a specific place, you save time by not having to search for them and you prevent the stress that is experienced when something is lost. When your home or office space is in order you think more clearly and are more productive. However, if you are striving for perfection, you will more than likely become discouraged and probably quit too soon.
In my own home and office, I try to tackle really small projects one at a time and when I feel the urge to do it. This means that I don’t always schedule when I’m going to straighten up a closet or reorganize my kitchen cabinets. For example, I have needed to better organize and clean out my linen closet for the past two months. It simply wasn’t very functional and was not easy on the eyes. Recently, after I finished washing some sheets, I opened the linen closet door and felt compelled to do a quick clean out.
Here are the before and after photos:
I simply removed the sheets and towels we don’t use or need, and arranged smaller items together. One thing I changed was how I stored my sheet sets. I put the sheets inside a pillowcase that belonged to the set. I saw this on Pinterest and think it is genius!
This method of embracing my organizing impulses works great for me, but may not work for everyone. Some people may need to actually schedule their organizing projects and include them in their goals for the week or month, and that’s okay too.
So, I am not perfectly organized, and I am always a work in progress. Progress, big or small, is still progress!