Many people want to know tips to being organized. It’s ok if your house is not perfect. That probably sounds like an odd statement coming from an organizer. Some people feel that if their house looks perfect, then it’s organized, and all is well in the universe. We build up this concept of the perfect home with no clutter or messes. We mentally set the bar for our home so high that we feel we could never attain it and the discouragement keeps us from even trying.
The tips to being organized is not having a perfect, picturesque home. I have walked into beautifully decorated homes without a thing out of place, or so it seemed. In my early years of organizing I would walk in the house and think “ok…where’s the mess?” It was when I would open the closet and cabinet doors that I would discover “the clutter”.
If you were to surprise me with a visit to my home, you might be shocked to see the apparent mess of paperwork on my kitchen table and laundry on the chair in the living. Yes, I can admit that my home is not always magazine ready. But this does not mean that I am disorganized. In a matter of minutes, I can have all of my paperwork picked up and laundry put away without losing my place or progress. I have specific drawers and bins assigned to my paperwork so I can keep my space clean when I need to. The secret is not eliminating all the messes; it’s having systems set into place and taking care of them when they come your way. This same principle applies to your inner clutter. The feelings, emotions, anxieties, and memories that you wish you could just get rid of.
It wasn’t until much later in life that I learned that I didn’t have to be perfect, and I didn’t have to beat myself up for falling short. Just like in home organizing, the secret is to process your inner clutter as it comes and sometimes that means asking for help. We are all human, which mean that we sometimes have paperwork on our desks that we have to go through as well as emotional baggage that we have to work on. But being able to process it and take care of it was the key they brought me to my own freedom. I am thankful for all the people who have helped me to get uncluttered.
Excerpts of this blog come from my 2nd book Uncluttered: discovering strength and purpose in the chaos of life
Lisa Giesler, Organizing Consultant, Speaker, Author