This summer I was able to spend some time with a very good friend. I helped her and her boys go through their things and get organized before the new school year began and life picked up its predictable, hectic pace.
When we started the project she said to me, “You probably want to just toss it all out,” and I admittedly gave a reactive and sheepish nod to the positive. But as I thought about my response on the drive home I reminded myself that being organized is not about quantity but quality.
Whether we are talking about your home, classroom or a closet you don’t have to base your decisions on how much stuff you have but on how the stuff effects you.
Does it seem cramped and confined? Are you stressed when you see piles of papers?Does it take too long to find things? If not then let it be. If yes, it is time to revisit what you own and find a better system for using it.
Maybe that does mean getting rid of some items or maybe it just means taking the time to put it all away.
There is nothing wrong with having a stack of papers sitting on a counter; we all have a pile of something somewhere, including myself. We just need to tend to it before it develops cobwebs.
If you do want to tackle a room or two here are some key things to keep in mind:
- Be honest with yourself about needing to keep an object? When was the last time you used it?
- Limit collections to 3-5 items
- Put frequently used belongings in the most accessible places. Less used items up high.
- Drop or toss, are temporary solutions on busy days. You must take a few minutes daily or 20 minutes a week to actually look at and put things away.
Remember getting organized is about making things better. It shouldn’t be done out of guilt or embarrassment. It should be rewarding because it ultimately enhances your quality of life.
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