Simplifying My Simple Life | Let’s talk organization
August 12, 2010
Still working towards finding that perfect place where I feel completely at ease with my amount of things. Hand in hand with this constant purging of the unnecessary is the need for organizing what is staying put in my life. Organizing has always been hard for me to do. At the beginning of every school year, as a kid, I would promise myself that things would be different. I would write neater in my notebooks. Keep things tidier in folders and binders. Know where my textbooks were all the time. By the beginning of November, without fail, I would be a scattered mess again. Not sure what my roadblock is in this area, but it’s there. It’s stubborn. It’s something I want to get rid of.
In trying to understand how to organize efficiently (not the problem) and stick with it (the problem), I’ve read blogs and articles about the subject to no avail. So many things talk about all the cute boxes and containers you can buy to organize your things. Label them! Put them on shelves! Buy this weird piece of crap you don’t really need to help keep all your stuff in one place and easy to find. Call me crazy, but I don’t think I need more things to keep my things organized during my downsizing process. I don’t want to go to The Container Store and buy a lot of plastic organizers to put stuff in and place on shelves. That’s how I sort of got into this overwhelmingness of things to begin with. It’s easy to acquire more unnecessary items when they are all stacked on shelves in pretty boxes. I don’t want the pretty boxes. I don’t want the stacks of stuff. I want a system for my current belongings on the shelves and bookcases I have that I can stick with. I’m fine with organizing my stuff…it’s the keeping things organized that’s the real problem. It’s the putting things back that I don’t do very quickly. It’s the keeping the shelf of organized things tidy that I have problems with. Sometimes I feel like I’m a bit of a hurricane, over a long period of time. I don’t see things slowly become untidy and disorganized but then all of a sudden my office is chaotic and I need to spend significant time putting everything back to where it belongs. Let’s just say that my brief research in the area of “personal organizing” was uninspiring.
As Kasy and I continue in renovating our home, we are talking about how to organize, what to build to help keep up organized, etc. We’ve built a broom closet and built in bookcase on the first floor and a second closet for the bedroom. Once the second closet was built, now allowing both of us to have our own closets, we decided to rid ourselves of our dressers. I don’t know about you, but horizontal flat surfaces become magnets for stuff for us. Getting rid of our dressers was a great move. My closet is fantastic. Still not as organized as I like, but it’s getting there. I find it’s easier to keep it tidier since all of my clothes are in it and when it becomes unruly I need to address it fairly quick otherwise the door won’t close or I can’t find anything I want to wear. Kasy always talks about how it’s easier to stay organized when you have less stuff and I’m really starting to see that truth.
How do you keep yourself organized?