POH: Prioritizing Chaos
If you are new to this Peaceful Organized Home (POH) series, you can catch up here.
So I was in the shower this morning and got to thinking (doesn’t everyone do their best thinking in the shower?) that the key to a peaceful organized home is controlling the chaos. Notice that I didn’t say eliminating the chaos. We don’t live in bubbles so you’ll never get rid of chaos entirely but we can definitely control it. How do we do that? By creating helpful and organized solutions! Whoa, do you see what just happened there?
Control CHAOS by: Creating Helpful And Organized Solutions
What can I say, I love me an acronym :). Read about my PROCESS steps here.
What I particularly love about this acronym is the helpful part. We all know that our lives would be a lot easier if we were organized, right? But then why isn’t everyone out there organized? Probably for the same reason not everyone out there is healthy and fit. It is hard and it requires work. Yep I totally get that.
But what if we looked at it a different way and thought about various organizing tasks as a way to provide a helpful solution to reigning in chaos. So many of us get caught up in the “it has to be perfect and pretty” for it to be organized. Nope stop right there and let’s back this truck up. Organization doesn’t require either of those words to be effective. What is does need is to be helpful. You can have the most awesome beautiful organized pantry in the world, complete with lovely baskets and labels, but it does no one any good at all if it is not helpful to you.
Unfortunately our culture seems to want to tell us otherwise. All it takes is a look at Pinterest, or any home magazine or well frankly the majority of the organizing blogs out there to tell you that if your organizing project doesn’t involve some kind of spectacular DIY endeavor than it’s a task not really completed.
I’m here to tell you that any organizing solution you put into place must first and foremost be helpful. It must solve a problem. After that if you want to make it beautiful well by all means knock yourself out. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to create beautifully organized rooms and closets and cupboards in your home. But don’t let that sideline you into putting off creating helpful and simple organized solutions for the chaos around you.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, it’s time to decide how we’ll figure out where to start with the solutions and the controlling of the chaos.
First we need to start by prioritizing the chaos. Let’s face it, chaos and clutter are overwhelming and exhausting especially if we think about it all at once. It can be immobilizing and defeating. Let’s avoid that by breaking down the helpful solutions we want to create.
Ask yourself, what one solution if I implemented TODAY would provide me the most peace of mind and be the most helpful?
As you go about your day, really pay attention to where you find your shoulders tensing the most. Yes many things may irritate you but there is always something that really gets you going. And the reason I say pay attention is because if you’ve lived with the situation for awhile you may be subconsciously avoiding even thinking about it. It’s a coping mechanism we use.
The top thing that causes me the most chaos and frustration in my home, more than anything else, is paper. Specifically piles of the stuff. There is so much of it and it just keeps coming. Problem is I also hate filing. So you see I had to come up with a helpful solution for my paper that didn’t involve the obviously choice of just filing it every day or every week. I know myself well enough to know that that would never happen. So my solution involves filing once a year. Oh yes it does (more about that here) but it totally works for me. Society tells me this is not okay, that this is not an acceptable solution (trust me I get a lot of grief about it). I don’t care and you know why? Because it is what is most helpful to me and that is what is most important.
So the point of today’s post is to create helpful and organized solutions to our chaos one frustrating problem at a time.
Solutions needs to be helpful by solving a problem with a system that works for YOU. That’s what it means to be organized. By prioritizing chaos we can start finding solutions to what causes us the most tension and work our way down.
Make a list of areas that need solutions. Write them down, don’t just do this step in your head or you won’t be able to sleep tonight :)
Prioritize that chaos list.
Then take each task and break it up into easily managed tasks depending on how much time you have available. Can you eliminate the chaos all together or is a helpful solution required?
As we start to control (or eliminate where possible) the chaos in our homes we’ll be well on our way to enjoying the result. A wonderfully peaceful organized home that we love and are content to be in.
Amen to that!
So tell me, what’s at the top of your helpful solution needed list?