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What if you didn’t need home organization?
Last weekend, as I lay around relaxing, I was able to finish a book I have been working on for a while. The first 2/3rds of the was really good and I learned a lot.
Then the last part was an add-on part about home organization.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not against home organization. A home without it is really stressful.
It was just that, as I was skimming the pages, none of it applied to me.
I don’t have an elaborate plan for what day I clean the bathrooms/kitchens/bedrooms during the week. I don’t have forgotten areas in the house that collect junk and need to be labeled. I don’t have problems with enough space for shoes, kitchen appliances, toys, or tools… and I don’t have any cute ‘Pinterest inspired’ plastic sorting schemes.
… and I still have no trouble keeping things clean or finding what I want.
Just skimming through these last few pages of the book made me tired. I am so glad I don’t need to worry about fancy home organization any more.
No Home Organization? How?
Years ago I had lots of organizational plans. I read books by ‘The Queen of Clean‘ and I had lists for what rooms would be cleaned what days.
I had labeled boxes in all the closets so I could always find what I needed… and most of the time it worked.
However, as much as I tried to use all the ‘home organizational tips’ I really couldn’t stick with any of the plans long enough to have the beautiful/clean/welcoming/good smelling house I thought I should have.
I figured I just didn’t have enough discipline and schedule to succeed… and I was probably right.
But now I have a clean-ish house (nobody’s perfect) with no home organization plan or trick or method.
Three years ago I had the normal house. We were a family of 4, living in 2000 square feet, with easy access to great garage sales. I had everything I thought the family needed and could use as well as several things for the kids purchased in advance to save money.
We weren’t extremely disorganized, and we didn’t have a house full of things we no longer needed. There was just still a lot of stuff!
Two and a half years ago we started making changes to what we needed and thought we could use. What if we needed less?
I felt like I was spending time with home organization and cleaning that I wanted to spend with my kids. … and the home organization and cleaning were only semi successful. What if my kids needed me more than they needed all these things that I filled the house with?
Over the next few years we slowly cut down our belongings and adopted a minimalist lifestyle. It was nothing exciting or earth shaking we just kept slowly moving away from home organization plans and more toward not having the things to organize in the first place. I slowly realized that we could live without the boxes and tubs with pretty labels up in the closet… because I spent more time organizing them than we spent using them.
Life has changed a lot for us in the last few years. We kept cutting down our belongings and seeing the freedom we gained from it. Now, I feel we are at a completely opposite place in life. We have gotten rid of the many things we owned and all the stress that came from them, and traded them for a life with very few things and the freedom that comes from it.
So, I am not trying to say anything bad about home organization, many people try very hard at it. I am sure there are many people out there who are doing it much more successfully than I ever could.
What I am saying is that…
- if you have been struggling with organization and feel overwhelmed with the whole thing
- if you are finding yourself short on time for the people and things you do value
- if you feel like you never get any time to relax and take time for yourself
…you don’t have to go the ‘home organization’ path.
Simple Living (also known as Minimalist Living) is living with what you need and what you love… and not all the stuff in between. It isn’t near as crazy as it sounds, it is just going against our habits of always wanting more-better-bigger. It is a mental change, but the rewards are amazing.
… so if you’re sick of home organization and wanting to walk away from it, you can 🙂
Note: I am not saying ‘no organization’ … because you still have to keep each person’s clothes separate and keep things where they belong. I am just saying that when you have very few things it is never hard and you don’t need a fancy plan to stay on top of it all.
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