3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Organize Everything

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3 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Organize Everything Have you ever wondered if you should organize everything in your possession at home, or at work?

You might dream of all of your belongings tucked away in containers, folded neatly, or arranged artistically on a shelf, day in, and day out.   

That’s how everyone should live their lives, right? Well, not exactly…

In this post, I offer some practical reasons as to why you don’t have to organize everything you own.

Your home/office doesn’t have to look like a magazine spread.

You love the look of matching mason jars filled with food, artfully organized on wooden shelves with matching labels, but you just can’t see yourself sitting down to collect jars, make labels, and getting everything set up.

After all, your pantry arrangement is working just fine for you.

Is there a bit of conflict here? You bet!

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be more organized…and not having a kitchen or bookcase look like it came straight from a magazine spread.

Your life is your life, and you should organize things as you see fit.

Don’t feel the least bit guilty if things don’t look like they came from a magazine.

You’ll be less stressed.

Having you been putting pressure on yourself to have everything arranged “just so,” each and every day? Feeling guilty your collection of 500 CDs are not alphabetized by band, album, and release date? Perhaps you’re fretting because you don’t have things tidied up at the end of the day, and you feel like things are coming apart at the seams.

Relax. Being organized is one thing; perfection is entirely another. Why get stressed out over something if you can avoid it? Do what you can, when you can. That’s all anyone can do. If you’ve got your stuff together most of the time (and you do, by the way), you’re doing just fine.

Sometimes a little bit of chaos can be a good thing.

What? Did I just say a little bit of chaos…can be a good thing? Actually, yes! Look at it this way. Would you appreciate a recently decluttered and organized bedroom closet as much as one that was never, ever disorganized? Probably not…

Chaos gives organization perspective. It’s like trying to imagine the color white without the color black. After all, if there were no chaos, or no messes, there would be no need to organize things, now wouldn’t there?

How about you? Were you pondering whether or not to organize everything at home or in your office? Did this post make you reconsider…or possibly even change your mind? Join in the conversation and leave a comment below!

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Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps people get organized so they can stress less, have more fun, and be happier at home. Her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and The Atlantic. Get access to her free guide, 10 Simple Ways to Make Your To-Do Lists More Effective, by clicking here.