A lot of people tell me that I take a minimalist perspective on things because I found a way to get organized. I disagree and will prove that I am not necessarily organized though I take a minimalist approach to much of my life.
Here are the facts about this so-called “organized” Dana:
- I make messes.
- I let items pile up and need to declutter them. (Ahem, jewelry collection on my closet shelf…)
- My sink sometimes gets loaded up with dirty dishes.
- Our coffee table begs me to leave my empty water glass on it when I go to bed at night.
- The free and clear kitchen counter lures me to dump mail and school papers there to remain untouched for 24 hours or more.
In my opinion, I appear organized because I don’t own a lot of junk. You set yourself up to win when you can keep a home tidy due to owning less. And let’s be honest – the goal isn’t to appear to be anything. My goal is simply to have less so there’s less to manage. If you’re always trying to get organized, you’ll always have a mess to clean up. If you minimize, you save hours of work and effort to enjoy what matters most in life.
The way I see it, you and I have two choices:
A) Organize a lot of stuff and spend time putting it away every day.
– OR –
B) Take care only of the items you most need or enjoy.
I’m a “B” person. You, too?
Challenge: Identify something that’s annoying for you to have to continually clean or maintain but doesn’t add much value to your life. Find a way to sell, donate, or recycle it today.