I read this quote a few weeks ago and it resonated with me. And now I can’t find it, nor do I know who first said it, but I’ll share the notion here.
It’s not an organization problem, it’s a stuff problem.
Or in other words, it’s not that you aren’t organized, it’s that you have too much useless stuff that you should probably get rid of.
I know minimalism is trendy, and there are true minimalist people, and then those who are borderline minimalist, and then those who are like “but 34 tubes of lipstick IS MINIMAL compared to my usual 76”.
When Justin and I had our roof redone, and through a series of very poorly thought out events when our roofers thought it would be wise to remove the shingles on a 80% chance of thunderstorm day which led to our entire attic getting flooded and then in the end they also charged us for things they lied about doing and in general it was a rather frustration experience and I learned that I really, deeply hate being taken advantage of. . . we cleaned out the attic. We had to in order to get the floor fixed so we moved everything in our attic right into my office. I had 1 narrow walkway to navigate in my office for about 2 weeks or so, then we moved it all back in. And MAN DID WE PURGE. Like, why did we move so much junk over from the townhouse?!
Anyway, that kick started this feeling of being bogged down by the volume of stuff here that I don’t care about. And I repeatedly become exasperated at the fact that I’m just not organized and I can’t keep up with everything I need to keep organized around the house, but I actually don’t think that’s the problem.
I think it’s a stuff problem. And a buying problem, if I’m being really honest. When I get in the mood to redecorate, off to Target I go. And truly, I could probably rig something up pretty similar with items I already have if I took a minute to shop around my house a bit first. And if I had less stuff, and only focused on items that were important to me, or significant in some way, then it wouldn’t feel so suffocating to peek into that hall closet, and look through the baskets in the command center.
I’m not a big resolution person, but I really want to be more mindful about what I buy for my home this year. My office is one specific area that gets out of hand with a quickness.
It’s not set up in an ideal way, but that’s something I can work around, and it’s also a holding place for products I need to try, or projects I’m working on that need a little more attention. It’s not unusual to see a few different vignettes set up of products I need to shoot that I’m just waiting for the right light for. So I leave them on the floor until my next work day.
Justin is a pile-maker, like I am, but he applies value to so many more things than I do. Like, very insiginficant things in my mind may sometimes mean a lot to him. I tread those waters carefully as I don’t want to downplay his feelings, but I also want to help him feel good about his “places” in the house too.
I’ve already tackled a few closets this year, and even created an organizing space in a high-traffic area of our house that you’ll see soon. It feels good to make even small changes, and I hope I can stay on top of it this year!