I know some of you are probably wondering why I’m saying that you need to stop organizing. I mean I do have a series dedicated to the subject after all. Today’s post is not for everyone, but it will resonate with many of you. I hear family members and friends complain constantly about the need to get organized. Yes, being organized can be great and one way to keep the household running smoothly. However, what I found that is that too many people are focusing their efforts on getting organized only to find out shortly after that their system failed.
So today I’m going to discuss the number one reason you need to stop organizing right now and what you should focus on instead.
Why you need to stop organizing right now!
You are shuffling things around
When you decide to organize a space, you probably invest money in bins or tubs to house your stuff. This is the last thing you should be doing. Why? Because you wind up shuffling things around. Yes, your home will look better afterwards, but it will only be a matter of time before the stuff you own outgrows the bins.
The other day I decided to tackle my crazy pile of paperwork. I’m not sure how I let it get so out of hand, but I’m a bit of a freak about keeping paperwork since I never know if there’s something we’ll need for our tax returns. My initial thought was to go out and purchase a small filing cabinet. In fact, I went to Target and put one in my cart with intentions to haul it home. But then it hit me; I haven’t even purged my papers! Do I really need this filing cabinet? Good thing I didn’t buy it because I wound up throwing out 90% of the papers I sorted through. Now I use this small bin to hold current paperwork (bills, coupons etc.) and my large filing bin for other paperwork.
You are masking a bigger problem
I find it interesting that families used to live in homes much smaller than what we live in today, yet the average family was a lot larger back then. I have a family member that constantly complains about needing a bigger home. Yet, they admit that they have a problem with hanging on to things. This is not uncommon today and it’s a bigger issue than we like to admit. We buy things because we “need” it, bring it home, and add it to our collection of things that are nearly identical. Then we complain because we don’t have time to enjoy life because we’re busy sorting, cleaning and shuffling our stuff.
What you need to focus on is the root of the problem-clutter. You can organize every room in your home, but if you continue to buy stuff you don’t need, you’ll never solve anything. This was hard for me to understand a few years ago. I kept things “just in case” I needed them. I had a basement that was not being used so it was easy to store things there. When we decided to move I realized that I had a huge problem. I was hanging on to things that I hadn’t even touched in years. Thankfully, I was able to sell some for a small profit and give away the other things.
Now I try to keep our current home as simple as possible. When I’m buying something, I think long and hard before it goes in my cart. My kids think I’m being cheap, but it’s not necessarily a money issue (although cost also plays a part). I simply don’t want to buy something just because it’s a better version of what I already own or because everyone has one. If it makes the cut, I typically get rid of something else to make room for the new item.
As you can see below, our living room is fairly simple. That’s the motto for the rest of the home. You’ll find that when you tackle clutter on a regular basis you won’t have to worry so much about organizing. Focus on one room and dedicate at the least 15 minutes of your day to de-cluttering the space. Do this ruthlessly until the room is complete. You’ll feel amazing afterwards which will motivate to go on to the next room in your home.
If you need more tips on how to de-clutter check out this post which includes a free printable to help you in the process.
How do you feel about organizing the home prior to de-cluttering? I would love to hear your thoughts and tips!