4 Reasons Why It’s Okay to Change Any Organizing System

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Picture this…you’ve just finished organizing your closet, your junk drawer or perhaps the files on your computer desktop.

Hooray! The job is finally done!

Once you put something in order you won’t ever need to change it, right?

Actually, that’s far from the case.

In this post I explain why it’s perfectly okay to change any organizing system or structure.

You’re constantly growing and changing as a person.

While it might appear things are pretty much the same in your daily life, you are constantly learning new information, meeting new people, learning new skills, traveling to different places, trying new foods and experiences. You are constantly growing and changing as a person and it’s only natural that your tastes, preferences and interests change over time. It would be foolhardy to think any organizing system you create will serve you in the exact same way today as it did five years ago.

Your belongings change.

Whether you’re purchasing a new dining room furniture for your home, or getting rid of those outdated unnecessary college textbooks from years ago, there’s always a lot of things entering and leaving your life. Even on a daily basis your life sees a lot of material change: you might have gone grocery shopping, received new emails and postal mail and disposed of recycling or trash. Constantly changing belongings means there will be a need to edit or update an organizing system to either incorporate or remove said items from the system.

You find a better way of doing something.

While your organizing solution may have worked for you in past, there’s always room for improvement in all shapes and forms. Instead of setting out to force change upon an organizing system when it isn’t really needed (that is, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it), look to see where you’ve naturally made small changes. Did you find a better or more productive way to delete junk emails from your inbox? If so, it might be time to embrace that new method or approach.

You need a change of pace.

Are you in a bit of a rut with your belongings? Does everything seem too familiar or perhaps you just want to change things up in your approach towards using your belongings?Changing up your organizing system can help you better reevaluate your belongings and how you are using them. You don’t have to reclassify all the documents in your filing cabinet in one fell swoop, but maybe experimenting and filing your cell phone bill statements in a single manila envelope from most to least current, will help you keep better tabs on your finances and phone usage. You never know what you’ll learn until you try!

How about you? Have you ever had doubts as to whether or not to change an organizing system you’ve developed in past for a newer or sleeker version? 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.
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