I like to define being organized as when our stuff supports the lifestyle we desire.
How we arrange our stuff has a significant impact on how we live our lives.
If my stuff is always strewn all over, I’m much less likely to invite people over. If I want to a have a lifestyle that includes hosting, I need to change how I deal with my stuff.
Organization is Personal
For some, good china and cute curtains might be necessary for a lifestyle of hosting, and maybe for others having a picked-up house isn’t even needed.
This definition helps point out that organization is something quite personal.
We can be inspired by how others organize, but we shouldn’t assume that more organization is necessarily better.
Before we decide to reorganize, we should first think deeply about what kind of life we want to live.
From there, it should be easier to see in which ways our things (and therefore habits) are not supporting the lifestyle we want to have.
I hope you found my organization and planning ideas helpful, but I also hope you recognize what is already working well enough for you and stick with it.
Organization Changes Over Time
This definition of organization also acknowledges that life has different phases and stages.
Our desired lifestyle when we have little children will be different from that when we are retired. Our homes and organizational systems will look different, too.
The idea of “ finally being organized” is an illusion. Our stuff will always support our desired lifestyle to a greater or lesser degree.
There will always be room for improvement and need for change as our lives and the people in our lives change.
So we shouldn’t feel guilty when we feel an area in our life could use some better organization.
The question we should ask ourselves is,
“Is it worth my time and energy to organize this? Or does it work well enough for my life right now that my time is better spent elsewhere?”
Determine to decide, and be released of guilt. (link)