Why Chaos Isn’t Necessarily a Bad Thing 

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Why Chaos Isn’t Necessarily a Bad Thing

Do you consider or think of chaos as a negative or “bad” thing?

Wondering if there’s anything of value that can come out of chaotic schedules, cluttered rooms or missed travel connections?

In this post I point out three reasons why chaos can in fact be a blessing in disguise.

Without chaos, there would be no order.

Chaos and order go hand in hand.

Without chaos there is no order. Similarly, without order there is no chaos.

Just think about this for a moment…

How would you go about describing a neat or organized room to someone if there were no way to describe a chaotic or messy room?

You need some way to compare or judge one thing against another. Fortunately, chaos is there to provide some much-needed context.

On a more practical note, without chaos there would be no need for The Order Expert, and this site probably wouldn’t exist. Thanks, chaos!

Chaos helps you better appreciate order.

Have you ever been to a poorly managed outdoor event? Everything is thrown together haphazardly: people don’t know where to go or what to do, it’s not clear where one can purchase refreshments and people are annoyed and unhappy. That’s not a good event experience!

Now, picture an entirely different event where things are running seamlessly: people know exactly where to go, food is readily and easily available, and everyone is enjoying themselves immensely. While you might take this second experience for granted, you will most certainly appreciate the latter that much more having gone through something as chaotic as the former.

As the saying goes, you don’t know what you have, until it’s gone.

Chaos can actually help you find order.

How can chaos help you find or put things in order? Take into consideration anything that is chaotic, a messy room, an overpacked schedule for example. There’s a lot of different shapes, forms and information to look at and things don’t seem to make much sense.

As you start taking a closer look at what’s in front of you, you start to recognize familiar items and begin looking for patterns. It’s like when you go to a party and you scan a room for a familiar face. Once you find something familiar, you can start building on that and eventually create your own form of order.

There is order amongst chaos, all you have to do is keep a calm and keen eye.

How about you? How do you feel about chaos? Do you ever find yourself being appreciative of something that is chaotic, be it an experience, situation or something else entirely? 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.