If there were one dictum we need to learn in order to live in a truly harmonious way in our houses (and offices) it is this,
“Live without crowding in the space you have.”
As a newly trained organizing person, you have learned the principles. You have grouped things together.You have learned to containerize. You have labeled. You have made storage lists to refer to. Because things are so well stored, perhaps you do not realize how much you have tucked away. Without realizing fully what you have done, you have turned your house into a hidden warehouse.
That leads to two considerations of problems.
MEMORY We can only recall so much. If you forget what you have stored away, you buy another one that leads to more clutter. Even if we have room storing a lot, there is only so much we can remember.
CONVENIENCE If you have a hard time accessing the items because they are so tightly packed, it is easier to buy another one to add to our storage problem.
The answer is to simplify further than you think you have to. Get rid of the extras you “may need sometime.” Discard duplicates. Don’t buy in bulk; let the store warehouse the products for you. You may have kept many “good” items because it seems right to do so. Let me tell you that if it is not good for you at this time, it does not belong in your house.
The following are clues you are probably keeping too much. You have:
Rented storage units
- Storage sheds in the yard
- Bed lifters so more can go under the bed
- Vacuum sealer bags so you can shrink the space items use
- Too much storage furniture like chests of drawers and bookcases.
When you have less jammed into the space that you have, you will have come to the place where you can live organized without struggle. And that’s a wonderful, wonderful place!
Knowing how to organize gives you more power than you ought to use.
THE ORGANIZER LADY®
Founder, Messies Anonymous
Author: NEW! Organizing Your Day