How on earth could organization be a bad thing for your home? An organized home is appealing to look at, relaxing to be in, and usually houses a productive family or single person.
Organizing and helping others get organized is a HUGE industry!! So large in fact there are several colossal associations to support people who organize other people’s homes for a living. There is the National Association of Professional Organizers that certifies people to become professional organizers and keeps guidelines and standards for them to conduct and run their business. I had no idea these people existed!!! I could have used someone like this in my life years ago.
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There are also entire departments of giant stores dedicated to organizing such as Ikea, Target, Walmart and practically any large department stores. There are even whole stores like The Container Store that are wholly dedicated to this art of storage and organizing.
If I am being honest, I can spend hours looking through organizational products at stores. (If I don’t have the kids of course – if I do there is no ‘me time’ going on! Ha.) Who doesn’t love a cute ClosetMaid 6-Cube Organizer?? I may or may not have 4 of them in my house… (one for each kid and one for Robbie and I). And we all have different ClosetMaid Fabric Drawer colors! Pink and purple for the girls, navy for baby boy, and teal for our room. 🙂 Please tell me I am not the only one who loves these things!
And don’t get me started about office organization! I literally think I need all things to get my office organized. After all I work from home! I need a well functioning office starting with my desk and a Desk Organizer to keep all those crazy papers that I don’t have time to file or that I don’t have a place to put, or that I haven’t bothered paying yet. What about those fancy Dry-Erase Magnetic Boards? Let me tell you how many of those I have bought with the hopes that it will help Robbie and I get on the same page and schedule. I may or may not have 2 of them in my office closet collecting dust at the moment. And what about Fancy Chalkboard Labels?! Everything needs a label!!
Ok, I may be going a bit overboard. But I honestly LOVE home organization.
As a culture we are allured to the idea of an organized home. At least I know I am! I have been pinning home organization ideas since the beginning of time! Or at least the beginning of Pinterest. So then why am I saying being organized is a bad thing?
Being organized itself is not a bad thing; it is a good thing. It is a responsible, less chaotic way of life. The problem that most of us have (my hand is high in the air) is that we keep organizing and re-organizing the same pile of stuff. We aren’t actually eliminating the clutter by organizing it, just re-arranging it to look pretty.
The reason I love those cube organizers is because I can throw all the junk that is on the floor or on the countertops and there is the illusion of a clean house. I would love for all the kids’ similar toys to be in one cube, but the reality is that happens once a month (*cough*, every 6 months) when I try to put everything in the same spot. I feel accomplished the day after I do it and then the next day the My Little Ponies are in the same bin as the Legos. UGH!
We are (usually) organizing and re-organizing piles of stuff that we really don’t need. I can’t count the amount of times I have been cleaning the house, picked up an item, didn’t know where it should go, so I shoved it in a miscellaneous storage bin or a ClosetMaid Fabric Drawer. Then a year later, when cleaning through that bin, found the item, still didn’t know what to do with it (I obviously still needed it, or COULD need it one day), so it went back in the bin or found another drawer to live in. Sound familiar? Maybe it’s just me. And that is OK too because I feel great with the small progress I am making each day with eliminating clutter for my family. I have a feeling I am not the only one, however. We are a consuming culture.
If you read my post last week, you saw that I recently started reading the book The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own, by Joshua Becker. I am on Chapter 5 right now and it is really motivating me to keep going with this idea of less. And the reason being isn’t to have less, it’s actually to have MORE! Have more time to spend with family and people you care about. Have more money because you aren’t buying STUFF. Then you tend to have more money to spend on experiences. Have a fuller life!
Today while I was listening to the book, the author He brought up several great points! (I prefer the audio version so I can listen while doing laundry or cleaning up during the kid’s nap time. Sitting down and reading a book is unfathomable at this moment in life. Ha! Here is a link where you can Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks). During today’s chapter Joshua Becker re-stated that minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value, and the removal of anything that distracts us from them. Such a good reminder! We are trying to add more value to our lives by adding more of what we love and taking away the things that take time away from them.
Today he also stated the importance of figuring out WHY you want to or are minimizing your life. He read off a couple of reasons why many people do it and it got me thinking why our family wants to do it. At this point I think I am more into getting rid of everything than Robbie is, even though it was his idea at first. One big why is to spend less time picking up and cleaning. I want to be able to clean up the whole house in a very short amount of time (maybe an hour). That is not the case right now. I get anxious at the thought of people dropping by and seeing my mess! I need a full day’s warning please! Haha! I don’t want it to be like that though.
The point I ended today’s chapter on was start easy, start small, just start somewhere! It is easy to get overwhelmed at the thought of decluttering the entire house. Take it one step at a time and have small wins daily!
So my goal is to stop organizing and reorganizing the junk. I don’t want more storage bins full of stuff to sort through. Obviously we still need some things and those things still need to be organized to have a less stressful life. So I get to keep my Desk Organizer and my Labels! Woohoo! (At least for now… until we hit the road in the RV this summer.)
If you are interested in reading the book I mentioned above, The More of Less, and would like to be a part of the conversation in our Facebook group, please drop by HERE! (You can still totally join if you haven’t read the book, you just have to have an interest in decluttering and minimizing life.)
To follow our journey from too much stuff to simple living, drop us your e-mail HERE and see where we end up this year! We are taking suggestions of where we should venture to in our RV starting this summer.