Last week I mentioned how important it was to me to keep my flat surfaces clear. Many of you agreed with me that doing this really contributes to a sense of relaxation and calm. Some of you chimed in wanting to know how to do this exactly because all the things that seem to pile up in those spaces just keeps coming back. I will definitely address this in more detail next week sometime because it really is such an important topic to address.
In the meantime I’d like you to think about what your clutter standards may be. The answer WILL look differently for everyone and it’s why we should never compare ourselves to one another. Since it’s practically impossible to live (if in fact you really are living) in a show-home perfect house all of the time you need to know what your threshold is before the clutter alarms start going off. You may in fact be okay with some papers on your counter or toys strewn around the floor for instance. But how much is too much before it becomes a problem for you and your family. What is your good enough? This is important to know because it impacts so many areas of your life including how you manage your time, how you spend your money, your marriage, to even how you decorate your home just to give you some examples.
I think we get lost sometimes thinking the goal is to get to perfect. This train of thought can be paralyzing because the sheer magnitude of that, well talk about overwhelming! I’d like to share Tip #54 with you today from my book, Clutter Rehab:
Your clutter standards are your level of “good enough”. Are you setting the bar too high or too low? Too high, and you may be setting yourself up for failure with standards that are impossible to maintain on a regular basis. Too low, and your family may be struggling with chaos on a regular basis. Only you can decide where the middle ground is for your family. Are you constantly looking for things, tripping over your clutter, paying bills late, perpetually late for appointments, and living in chaos? Is it stressing you out? Then it’s time to be organized enough to avoid the things that stress you the most without setting yourself up for failure. For instance, I don’t make my kids clean up their rooms every night before bed, but I do expect them to leave a path to the bed. That’s good enough for me. Give it some thought and decide what’s good enough for you.
As I mentioned last week visual clutter does me in so I do try my best to avoid it. Sometimes I try to fight that though especially when it comes to decorating my home. For instance take the area on top of my kitchen cabinets. I’ve been to friend’s homes and have seen this space decorated so beautifully with a variety of pretty decorative items clustered in completely imaginative ways. I’ve tried it myself and I’ll do okay with it for a couple of weeks but the twitching always returns and down all the “extras” have to come. I’ve left two things up there and that seems to be about all I can handle. It’s my good enough even if it doesn’t look “perfectly” put together.
Questions to ponder this week:
1. Do you know what your “good enough” is?
2. What did you organize this week?
3. Are there areas you are struggling with in this challenge?
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