That’s the big question right there isn’t it? Do you find yourself stuck in your organizing endeavors because you think if you can’t do it perfectly why bother? Let me caution you against that.
We all have ideals of how we want our home to look. There is absolutely nothing wrong with dreaming once and awhile. However the problem arises when we can get hung up in that dreamland while a reality of chaos and clutter continues to swirl around us.
I’m a very practical person. So in all honesty I almost always go for the functional over the fabulous first and foremost. But in this day and age of Pinterest and decor blogs that can be easier said than done that is for sure. You all know the “perfect” pictures I’m talking about. I’d post one here but I try to avoid being a Pinterthief. :)
Do you find yourself saying things like:
- I’ll be organized when I have a bigger house and somewhere to put all this stuff.
- I’ll be organized when I can afford shelves and cabinets for every nook and cranny.
- I’ll be organized when all my baskets can be fabric lined and matching.
We need to just stop this crazy talk right now. We can get out of our constant state of chaos and clutter without any of those things happening. Oh yes we can. But here’s the thing. We need to stop wishing our lives away on the could’ve, should’ve, would haves. We need to put our unrealistic expectations aside and do what we can afford now whatever that may be in order to stop chaos in its tracks. It might not be pretty but so what. Cardboard boxes over fancy lined baskets aren’t the most attractive BUT they work. They work to help you establish limits and boundaries. That is important. They work to help you find what you need when you need it. That’s important too. You can always get creative and cover them in pretty scrapbook paper if you are so inclined and if you aren’t, well that’s okay to. Let me give you another example.
Six months ago I blogged about the storage solution I came up with for my hair tools in my ensuite bathroom. It stressed me out having them strewn all my bathroom countertop and I found I never got around to putting them away in the cabinet underneath the sink. So I came up with this.
I got a few emails from people after that miffed that I would post such an ugly storage solution (not sure what’s behind people’s motivation to do that but that’s okay). Yes, of course, I realize it’s not the most beautiful thing but do I care? Not one bit because the truth of the matter is this, it solves the problem that most aggravated me which was having them all over my counter. Am I less aggravated having them hung up like that than I was seeing them scattered all over? You bet. It’s been six months and I’m still using this system faithfully. Obviously it’s a system that works for me! That shelf hook thing cost me like $4.00 at Walmart. It’s totally functional and practical. What works for you might be different. You may have no problem tucking them underneath the cabinet everyday. Good on you. A great system is one that is right for you and is used regularly otherwise chaos comes a knocking.
Is my system perfect? Of course not. What I really want is this. However that is out of my budget right now. Am I going to pine away for it while continuing to be frustrated every day about my lack of storage space in my bathroom? Nope I’m not going to do it (well maybe a little :) ) and neither should you in your situation.
There are many storage solutions out there for all sorts of budgets. So don’t put off getting organized for what might be one day and do what you can today. The time to get organized is now.
So here we are back to the question.
Is your goal to be perfectly organized or simply organized?